Thanks so much for the support everyone :) I'm confident things will work out!
Since I'm in the midst of it all, I thought I'd take the opportunity to share some information about an "event" being held across the state, "Pink Friday." This Friday, educators along with individuals who support public education are encouraged to wear pink - in support of the thousands of "pink slips" that will be issued to teachers by the March 13th deadline. At this point, 19,099 teachers have been given pink slips (so I'm certainly in good company...)
Here are some staggering facts: (courtesy of www.pinkfriday09.org)
California ranks 47th in the nation in per-pupil spending
California has the 7th largest economy in the world
An $11.6 billion cut to K-12 schools is the equivalent of laying off 165,714 teacher, OR 290,000 custodians, bus drivers and other classified employes, OR closing California schools for 40 days, OR increasing class size by 55 percent
Community colleges will be cut by more than $230 million
California university budgets will be cut by 10%
Obviously there's a problem with the current solution to get money from the state by cutting the education budget. The students aren't going anywhere, and they need their teachers, those who take care of the school, the current school year, and their class sizes.
If you're up for it, help support educators with Pink Friday!