The news is ubiquitous. Talks of teacher layoff’s in New York City are mentioned in every media outlet and have me worried over my own position as a (not yet tenured) social worker who is only in the middle of her third year at the Dept. of Education. I’m told by my colleagues I have nothing to worry about. Of course they think that, they’re all tenured and have at least 10 years in! They’ve also tried to assure me that only teachers will be affected but social workers and school psychologists were laid off during the 1970’s fiscal crisis. What makes us any different now?
In perusing the NYT I came across this article detailing the potential slashes neatly tied together with an excel spreadsheet broken down by neighborhood, grade range and percentage. Gee, how lovely. Bay Ridge, Staten Island and Bensonhurst are mentioned. My office handles all three.
OK, I may be a bit of a worrywart at times but losing my job would sure put a damper on this whole ‘buying a house in brooklyn’ business I’ve been talking about.
Here’s a great op-ed piece on the issue http://www.nytimes.com/2011/02/28/opinion/28mayor.html
And another op-ed by Paul Krugman, whose op I tend to agree with 🙂 http://www.nytimes.com/2011/02/28/opinion/28krugman.html