Despite predictions of massive teacher lay-offs, only 2.5 percent of teachers were laid off in 74 urban districts that responded to a National Council on Teacher Quality survey. Three California districts — Long Beach, Sacramento and San Diego — laid off 20 percent of teachers. Excluding these outliers, 1.5 percent of teachers lost their jobs for financial reasons. About half of the districts reported no layoffs.
Last spring, districts projected laying off 160,000 teachers, about 5 percent of the total. More than 200,000 “educator” jobs have disappeared, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Districts report not replacing some teachers who retired or resigned and laying off central-office employees. Aides and other support staffers lost their jobs in New York City.
Few districts avoided teacher layoffs by reducing the school year or cutting teacher benefits, the survey found.