CNN's John King talks with a mayor who told his city's 1,926 teachers they may be laid off.
Teachers did not get a "pink slip", they were terminated. Big difference. My sister works there. Very tough job.
This man did what he had to do according to the state law. He knew he would probably have to lay off some teachers for the coming year and rather than make a snap decision about who those people would be (which would probably mean the loss of good teachers for no reason), he gave everyone a head's up as to what MIGHT happen. This way everyone knows the score and can plan accordingly and hopefully help brainstorm a solution so no one has to be let go. How many times have you been blindsided by something and put into a bad situation? Wouldn't you have liked to have a little prior notice and been given a chance to help figure out a solution? I know I would. This is the teacher's union chance to help problem solve and be part of the solution. If they are truly out to help their union members and the community, they will do so in a cooperative manner. If they are just out for sensationalism and time in the media spotlight as many of the teacher unions in other parts of the country are, THEY will be the reason people are hurt by this action, not the Mayor.
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