First of 1400 Broward Teachers Lose Jobs

FT. LAUDERDALE (CBSMiami) – It is a bad time to open the mailbox if you work for the Broward County School Board. Hundreds of teachers could open their mail to find termination notices tied to budget cuts, and hundreds more will get notices throughout the rest of the month. The Broward Teachers Union said Monday it has been told 1400 teachers will be terminated or laid off.

The layoffs affect first and second year teachers whose contracts were not renewed. For just about half of the teachers, the notice should have been no surprise. They were hired under a one year contract, paid for with federal funds, and had to sign an agreement that they knew their job would be ended after the school year.

Later this month, a second round of notices will be sent, telling teachers their contract will not be renewed. Everglades High School band director Marcos Rodriguez got word today.

“I can’t believe this is happening to me again for the third straight time, ” he told CBS4’s Joan Murray. ”

“I almost slammed my iPad to the ground. We were planning for next year, getting ready for summer camp and now we have to postpone everything until further notice to see what happens.”

The Broward school board faces a $144 million shortfall, and said it can’t afford to keep he teachers. The BTU said it could keep the teachers if it made $70 million in cuts the union suggested to other areas, including the school board bureaucracy.

“Until parents and taxpayers start to rise up and demand greater accountability of district officials as to how they spend our tax dollars, the terminations and layoffs that will occur later in the month will likely continue unabated,” Santeramo said.

End-of-year layoffs have become a regular occurrence among Broward teachers, but in past years the district ended hiring many of them back before the start of the new school year. School officials have warned that is unlikely this year, as board members have struggled to deal with revenue shortfalls caused by the bad local economy and the budget-cutting mission in the past legislative session.

Monday, the school board said the official final layoff total won’t be known for some time. “Actual teacher layoffs will not happen until the first or second week of June,” the board said in it’s statement. “We will only have layoffs if we do not have openings for teachers in specific areas.”

Broward teachers have been on this roller coaster before.

Last year the district laid off over 500 teachers and rehired many of them back with federal stimulus money. The stimulus money has dried up.

Rodriguez is hoping by some miracle he can keep his job at Everglades High School.

“It’s tough. I’m expecting my first child and I may not have any benefits because of this.”

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  1. Irwin says:

    Cut sports and other programs not teachers. Sports and other programs are a luxury
    not a necessity.

  2. Bill says:

    Back in the spring of 2008, I passed all sorts of teaching tests to reinvent myself as a teacher. This was just in time for all the layoffs in Miami-dade Public Schools!

  3. Maria says:

    This is not the bad news. This happens every year – new teachers who are nit in permanent positions are told that they have no job until hiring for the new year begins.

    The bad news us that teachers have had no cost of living increase in 6 years.

    Well educated teachers such as myself are seeking employment elsewhere.

    By the way, there will be jobs for teachers. There are more children every year. The problem is teachers are now paid worse than unskilled laborers and who do you think is now applying ? (yes, unskilled laborers)

    1. Vincent Marinello says:

      THHEY CUT THE SPORTS ALLREADY……………ITS THE MONEY TO THE ILLEGALS THATS HURTING THE COUNTY

  4. Mitzy says:

    Very sad to see the direction that public education is headed. Teaching use to be one of the most highly respected professions. Very discouraging for someone thinking about a career in education. I retired, thought about starting a second career as a teacher and got very discouraged after substituting and seeing what really goes on in and out of the classrooms and schools. Neither of my children will evern “THINK ABOUT” a career in education. What I found in the school system was too many rude disrespectful students and parents that don’t value education and I won’t even mention the incompetence, politics and bureaucracy. I’ll try my luck at the college level but they can have the public schools. GOD BLESS OUR DEDICATED PUBLIC SCHOOL TEACHERS AND ADMINISTRATORS..

  5. Luis Escarra says:

    It’s really sad to see that teachers are laid-off, our children learn from teachers and education should be like police and firefighters a must in every city and county. Instead we provide more money to the Pretrial release program to release criminals from jail for FREE! it’s a joke that our local elected officials don’t care for our children’s education but instead focus on the welfare of criminals.
    Shame on all the elected politicians that voted in favor of this school teachers cuts.

    1. Vincent Marinello says:

      ITS NOT SO MUCH THE WELFARE OF CRIMINALS, ITS ALL THE ILLEGALS POURING IN DAY AFTER DAY WITH THEIR KIDS AND HEALTH PROBLEMS THAT THE STATE IS PAYING FOR AND THE COUNTY………………5 MJILLION AT LAST COUNT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! THEY GIVE THEM WIC, SNAP AND FOOD STAMPS THATS WHERE THE FREEKIN MONEY IS….CALL THE GOVERNOR AND TELL HIM IT NEEDS TO STOP,

      1. Gina says:

        HEY MARINELLO
        All Americans are the sons of immigrants. Most of us are Americans strength..
        How many gererations ago did your family come?? How sad you can’t give back the same acceptance to the new folks your ancestors were given.
        Talk to your “Abuela”
        Yours, proud great-grandchild of Italians
        (

  6. Wally Rust says:

    Ony tax dollars for sports are the coaches salaries; all the rest has to be sel-supporting (ticket sales, fund raisers, etc). Cutting sports will not put a dent in the budget deficit. Keep electing those Republican legislators/govenors who cut corporate taxes “to create jobs” (another Republican myth) and wonder why we are in this mess.

  7. joesr says:

    The only people who do not care about this situation are people who don’t have school age children in public schools. There are ways to get the budget in line, but there is too much pressure from lobbyists. It’s always been that way. When these people get elected, they make sure they get taken care of for a very long time. You want to stop it? Make the penalty for abusing the public trust so severe that any slight appearance funny business will be avoided like the plague.

  8. joesr says:

    @ Wally Rust…ditto. You’re right on that one. Cutting corporate taxes doesn’t create anything but greater corporate wealth. Jobs are only created when corporations feel it will help the bottom line…period.

  9. j chu says:

    That is a really bad news . some people are still getting well-pay while low-pays teachers are being cut..why why why

  10. dani700 says:

    This governer really sucks!

  11. DOMINGO says:

    ITS REALLY AD TO SEE THAT OUR TEACHERS ARE BEEN LAID OFF AND THE GOVERMENT ARE PLAYING WITH THE KIDS FUTURES AND THEY DONT CARE BUT YET THEY HAVE LAP TOPS CELL PHONES AND CARS PAID BY THE LOCAL GOVERMENT LET THEM USE THERE CELL PHONE AND CARS AND LET THEM PAY FOR THERE GAS AND IF THE COUNTY LIKE TO SAFE MONEY WHY NOT HAVE THE POLICE DEPT DRIVE THERE PERSONAL CARS TO WORK AND PICK UP THERE PATROL CARS AT THE STATION YOU WILL SEE HOW MUCH MONEY THEY WOULD SAFE ON FUEL WHEN YOU HAVE COP THAT LEAVE IM MIAMI BUT WORK FOR BSO DEPT JUST LIKE IN METRO DADE THEY SHOULD USE THERE PERSONAL CARS LIKE THEY USE TO DO BACK IN THE 1980 AND THESE WAY THEY WILL HAVE MORE FUNDS FOR USE BUT NO THEY CANT DO THAT JUST LIKE USING A POILICE CAR TO DO SHOPPING AT WALTMART WHY WE THE PEOPLE OF THE COIUNTY PAY FOR THE FUEL THEY CAN USE THERE PERSONAL CARS WHY DOSENT ANYONE CHECK THESE OUT OR BE REPROTED BY THE NEWS MEDIA.THAT IS ALL I HAVE TO SAY ABOUT THAT .

  12. manny296 says:

    It is a sad fact we do not need all these teachers because children can learn with modern technology that will ensure all children have access to the same educational standards. It is time to streamline the educational system and save Americans trillions of tax dollars.

    1. manny296 says:

      Computers and the internet are the future of education of our children.. The few quality teachers left with jobs and take the children on field trips and social event and sporting events….

  13. CAM says:

    AWWWWWWW THOSE POOR TEACHERS, WELL IF THEY THINK THAT THEY CAN ELIMINATE 1400 TEACHERS AND STILL PROVIDE AN ADEQUATE EDUCATION, THEN IT SOUNDS LIKE WE HAVE WAY TOO MANY TEACHERS. ITS JUST LIKE PRIVATE BUSINESS THAT NOW REALIZE THAT THEY CAN STILL OPERATE EFFECTIVELY WITH 30% LESS EMPLOYEES. WHAT THIS RECESSION HAS TAUGHT US/BUSINESS IS THAT WE NEED TO BE MORE EFFICIENT AND OUR EMPLOYEES NEED TO WORK A LITTLE HARDER THATS ALL. JUST LIKE I HAD TO TAKE A TEMPORARY 10% CUT IN PAY…I DON’T LIKE IT BUT I UNDERSTAND IT. THE DAYS OF ENTITLEMENT JOBS ARE OVER, THE UNIONS ARE OVER THE JUST PAYING PEOPLE BECAUSE THEY SHOW UP IN THE MORNING ARE OVER!!!! GET USED TO IT. THE TEACHER FROM THE VIDEO SAYING HIS WIFE WAS HAVING A BABY AND HE WANTS HIS JOB “BACK” WELL….THAT IS JUST TOO FUNNY

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