On March 15th every year, districts must give preliminary notice to certificated employees who may be laid off or non-renewed for the following year. If you happened to receive a RIF notice this year, be sure to log in to our Legal section on the CTA website for a packet of valuable resources to combat this affront on your profession.
Thanks to CTA legislative action last year and the passage of SB 1291 by Sen. Noreen Evans (D-Santa Rosa), educators who are laid off will soon be eligible for unemployment compensation while they seek additional training, education or different credentials. Substitute teachers working enough hours are also eligible for this assistance.
Specifically, SB 1291 makes eligible for unemployment payments a person who is a permanent or probationary public school teacher participating in an accredited credential preparation program or training program for additional certification in math, science, or special education, for service in Kindergarten and Grades 1 to 12. The measure's effective date, according to the state Assembly analysis, is January 2014.