Gloomy Job Hunt for Future Teachers

April 2, 2009 10:37:05 PM PDT
Future teachers crowed into Downtown Fresno to begin a very gloomy job hunt.Your future California teachers streamed into the Downtown Fresno Exhibit Hall. But inside, nearly 50% fewer school districts showed up to the job fair. Karri Gordon is looking for a teaching job, "I'm feeling frustrated because we came in here hoping to have jobs, but there are no jobs out there."

The simple truth is school districts aren't hiring. In fact many are layingoff teachers. Locally Central Unified issued 125 layoff notices, Madera 190 issued, and Porterville's school district sent 45 notices.

Sanger Unified is one district hiring, but Superintendent Marc Johnson says they can only immediately fill up to 10 positions. Johnson said, "In August, we are going to have 10,600 kids at least and so we are going to need at least as many teachers we have in the classroom today and probably more. It's just a matter of being patient."

Most teachers landed their first job in April and May. But with the state's budget crisis, a lot of school districts are waiting until June and July to make job offers.

Kristen Cirrincione broke the trend. She is among the few here who actually landed a job. Cirrincione said she will soon be a Fresno Unified teacher, "For me it's very exciting. I have a lot of good friends who are in my program I want to see get jobs. They are going to be wonderful and amazing teachers. I feel extremely lucky."

Unfortunately, most in this room are going home with only hopes of a future call back.

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