Does the layoff notice I received in March mean that I will be released?
The certified letter you received in March is a preliminary layoff notice, required by the Education Code whenever the District implements a reduction in force (RIF) of permanent employees. Unless the preliminary notice is rescinded for any reason, you may be released effective June 30, 2012.
Final layoff notices are usually sent by May 15, but that date may extend into June, depending on the length of the upcoming RIF hearing. How many permanent employees are ultimately laid off will depend on a number of factors – chief among them the state’s budget situation.
If I hold more than one credential, can I be reassigned to another position?
- Holding more than one credential may allow you to be reassigned to another position if
- you have the proper credential for the position;
- you have one year’s experience in the subject matter as a register-carrying teacher or as an Instructional Coach within the District and within the past five years; and
- you have greater seniority than the holder of that position and can “bump” him or her, or a vacant position is available.
How will the “Reed” case affect the reduction-in-force?
The case of Reed, et al. v. Los Angeles Unified School District, et al., argued that the impact of teacher layoffs at certain schools was so severe and destabilizing that it compromised the constitutional rights of students at those schools. Pursuant to judicial orders issued in that case, the District’s Board of Education has authorized retaining the services of classroom teachers at 45 designated schools, regardless of seniority.
Per the Court-approved terms of the “Reed” case, layoff notices that would have been sent to teachers at the 45 protected schools have been redirected to teachers (based on their RIF seniority) at schools that would have otherwise received less than the District-wide average (by percentage) of such notices. “Reed” terms specify, however, that in no case can the redirected RIF notices cause a school to exceed (in percentage terms) the District-wide average.
At this time, the “Reed” case is on appeal. However, an appellate decision has not been issued, and the trial judge's final order remains in effect.
Which schools are affected by the “Reed” case?
- Classroom teachers at the following 45 schools are judicially protected from layoff notices:
- Muir MS
- Burbank MS
- Pio Pico MS
- Clinton MS
- Audubon MS
- Fremont SH
- LA School of Global Studies
- Liechty MS
- Markham MS
- Gompers MS
- Academic Performance Excellence (APEX)
- Helen Bernstein HS
- Drew MS
- Westchester SH
- Irving MS
- 42nd Street ES
- Santee Education Complex
- Edison MS
- John Mack EL
- Foshay Learning Center
- Garfield SH
- Gardena SH
- Yes Academy
- Los Angeles Academy MS
- 118th Street EL
- Dr. Owen Lloyd Knox EL
- Judith Baca Arts Academy
- Julie Korenstein EL
- School of Arts and Culture (CRMS #7)
- Performing Arts Community (SRHS #2)
- Wisdom Academy
- Estrella EL
- Miramonte EL
- Bethune MS
- Johnnie Cochran MS
- 59th St. EL
- King MS
- Figueroa EL
- Hollenbeck MS
- 28th St. EL
- Miguel Contreras LC
- Dorsey SH
- Virgil MS
- Jordan SH
- Huntington Park SH
How will "skipping" affect the reduction-in-force?
If I am laid off, when will I receive my final salary warrant?
- The final salary warrant for released employees will be July 5, 2012.
What happens to my accrued illness account balance?
Will I continue to receive health benefits?
Will I be eligible for unemployment benefits?
Released employees may call the Employment Development Department at (800) 300-5616 for information, or they may visit the EDD website at www.edd.ca.gov
- When filing the claim, employees should provide the following employer address:
Los Angeles Unified School District
P.O. Box 23020
Oakland, CA 94623-2302
- Employees should be aware that giving the Beaudry address or a school site address will delay the claim.
If I am laid off, how can I be reemployed by the District?
How long can I remain on the reemployment list?
If I retire during the 39 months that I am on a reemployment list, do I remain on the list and am I able to unretire when I am reached on the reemployment list?
Retiring from a certificated position also requires an employee to resign from the District. This resignation is an official separation from active District service. Individuals who resign from the District during their 39 months on a reemployment list will be removed from the reemployment list as of the effective date of their resignation.
Can a school purchase my position?
Will I be able to substitute?
If I become a substitute teacher, will my name be removed from the reemployment list?
Will I be able to teach summer school?
However, if you are interested in teaching summer school, you should apply – regardless of whether you received a preliminary layoff notice, in case the notice is rescinded for any reason.
How can I teach other subjects?
Teachers with Multiple Subject Credentials may wish to consider teaching middle or high school. By verifying subject-matter competence through a subject area CSET or Commission-approved subject matter program, and taking a secondary methods class, you can earn a Single Subject Teaching Credential.
How is RIF seniority determined?
How is seniority determined when an employee leaves the District, then returns?
If an employee resigns his or her employment, or leaves the District for any reason other than a layoff, then his or her seniority date is not restored upon return; rather, it begins anew. (If the return is within 39 months of the separation, however, the employee retains permanent status – but not seniority).
What is the difference between teachers who are laid off and those who are displaced?
Is there additional support available to laid off employees?
The Employee Service Center (ESC) has been established to help all current and laid off District employees address a range of work-related issues and to access resources.
As of January 1, 2011, benefits through the Employee Assistance Program (EAP) are being provided by Managed Health Network (MHN), the behavioral health subsidiary of Health Net, Inc. You can call toll free 800-285-7717 (or TDD: 800-327-0801), 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.