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Educators in the Area Get RIF'ed

Budget cuts are affecting thousands of educators around the world. According to the United States Secretary of Education, between 100,000 to 300,000 public school educators could lose their jobs this year. In fact, the Monroe County Community School Corporation is going through major reductions as the 2009-2010 school year comes to close. The future is uncertain for 90 educators in the MCCSC and surrounding areas.

Karen Adams, Principal of Fairview Elementary School, says she hopes something is done before it’s too late. “I hope our Legislators find a way to fund education so that we don’t have to worry about it. I run the possibility of losing some excellent teachers because of the money situation.”

Yevonne Jones, a guidance counselor in the Monroe County Community School Corporation, says an initial report of Reduction in Force (RIF) positions in the MCCSC didn’t include her job, but she knew the potential of a layoff existed—which didn’t make getting the notice of her layoff later any easier.

“I knew immediately as a first year guidance counselor, I could lose my job, since it was based off of seniority. So I wasn’t completely surprised when I received my RIF letter.”

Adams remembers that more than twenty years ago something similar happened, but she says it still doesn’t make it any easier. “I was teaching in the later 1970s and early 1980s, and we saw a lot of this happen, where teachers were losing their jobs. Some teachers got called back and some didn’t,” says Adams.

She also notes that some educators may choose to go into another profession and not get back into education again, which means many really good ones could get away.

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