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This is more of a rant but if any of you have connections to the media, could you spread the word on this.  I work in  the Loudoun County Public Schools in Virginia and due to our all GOP Board of Supervisors, they have given the School Board a 40 million hole to fill.  Loudoun County is the most affluent county in the US.  Due to the fact that they might have to cut positions and let people go from their job, they have to send out RIF (Reduction In Force) notices TO ALL OF THE TEACHERS that you might not have a job next year. Of course all of this is before Spring Break, nice touch.  Elections matter and even in purple Virginia, some pockets of red exist.

Originally posted to restondem on Wed Apr 09, 2014 at 06:29 AM PDT.

Also republished by Virginia Kos and Teachers Lounge.

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  •  There used to be fairly sane (16+ / 0-)

    country club Republicans who valued and invested in eduction, but I guess no more.

    We do not forgive. We do not forget. The whole world is watching.

    by Tracker on Wed Apr 09, 2014 at 06:35:33 AM PDT

  •  They hate public schools, because... (10+ / 0-)

    ...those are where the black kids go.

    The Richie Riches in Loudoun send their kids to private schools, and if you can't afford to do that, then Ayn Rand craps on you.

    Visit for Minnesota news as it happens.

    by Phoenix Woman on Wed Apr 09, 2014 at 06:41:07 AM PDT

  •  3% student growth and only 9% budget increase (5+ / 0-)

    or about $70 million dollars. Same county that is building $100 million high schools. With contigious FX county letting go teachers, same could happen in this county.

    The suppression of uncomfortable ideas may be common in religion or in politics, but it is not the path to knowledge, and there is no place for it in the endeavor of science. Carl Sagan

    by Kvetchnrelease on Wed Apr 09, 2014 at 06:52:43 AM PDT

  •  do you have a link? (2+ / 0-)
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    •  unfortunately not yet (6+ / 0-)

      They just sent out the notices to all of the teachers yesterday and we are all meeting with our principals today.  IF you want more information you can contact the Loudoun Education Association. We are hoping that spreading the word will get more stories ,and links, out there.

      I can't force you to do anything, I can just make you regret it!

      by restondem on Wed Apr 09, 2014 at 06:55:42 AM PDT

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    •  Link (3+ / 0-)
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      The School Board also decided to send out system-wide RIF (reduction-in-force aka layoff) notifications to its employees. It is possible that approximately 200 positions may be reduced due to the budget cuts. The School Board is legally required to notify employees of potential RIFs in the next two weeks. Since they are unsure where the positions might be, it was decided it would be better to do a system-wide notification than wait for specifics to be calculated.

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      by JamieG from Md on Wed Apr 09, 2014 at 10:42:31 AM PDT

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      •  The usual suspects to be cut: (from FAQs) (1+ / 0-)
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        on thewww.loudoun site - FAQs regarding RIFs

        What factors will be considered when deciding who will be RIF’d?

        If a reduction-in-force occurs in a particular endorsement area, reductions will be made in the following order without regard to probationary or continuing contract status:

        o The least senior licensed employees within the endorsement or programmatic area to be reduced who have received an unsatisfactory summative rating within the most recent formal evaluation cycle.

        o The least senior licensed employees within the endorsement or programmatic area to be reduced who have received a developing/needs improvement summative rating for the most recent formal evaluation cycle.
        o The least senior licensed employee within the endorsementor programmatic area to be reduced.

  •  We've seen this before. (5+ / 0-)

    I wouldn't doubt if it was an ALEC strategy. Fire all the teachers and then hire them back as non-union.

  •  Typical. (6+ / 0-)

    Schools generally send out RIF notices this time of year and in IL, if one class is being eliminated (ie.Band or Music) and the teacher has been in the district 26 or 30 years, then notices go out to everyone! I always wondered the efficacy of this since postal rates have increased and those $5.50 certified letters must be more costly now!
    I am so glad to be retired.
    My former school district just riffed all its untenured teachers. I feel really sorry for them since the job market really sucks and finding another job and facing riffing again is not an enjoyable experience.

    Character is what you are in the dark. Emilio Lizardo in Buckaroo Bonzai

    by Temmoku on Wed Apr 09, 2014 at 08:32:46 AM PDT

  •  Rich folks can use vouchers to suck money out (3+ / 0-)
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    of the public schools and into fancy private schools for their kids.  If all of you competent teachers go around giving the peasant children too much information it will be too difficult to keep the peasants down on the farm.  
    Only rich kids need all that good teaching.  Of course, non-unionized teachers in the private schools shouldn't be paid too much or they might start thinking middle class folks are as important as their betters.

    •  Virginia still has more than usual private schools (0+ / 0-)

      Back in the day, when federal laws ordered shcools to be desegregated, Virginia closed all the public schools instead. Private schools sprung up all over the state for the white kids, and many of them still persist....not overtly segregated, but definitely economically segregated.

  •  We could see this coming long ago (5+ / 0-)

    The explosive growth in Loudon County, where builders were allowed to build thousands of homes with huge concessions such as new roads, utility upgrades, and even schools deferred a huge, mounting problem. Those concessions allowed Loudon to keep tax rates low; they got a lot for free. Now, all that infrastructure needs to be maintained and supported and that part isn't free. Hence, there's huge pressure to increase taxes. But, with Republicans and conservadems, that ain't going to happen.

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    by fcvaguy on Wed Apr 09, 2014 at 08:46:55 AM PDT

    •  There are zero Dems on the Loudoun BoS (5+ / 0-)

      So don't blame the Democrats in Loudoun for this.

      "There's a fine line between clever and stupid." This Is Spinal Tap

      by ebirch1 on Wed Apr 09, 2014 at 09:02:41 AM PDT

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    •  infrastructure of overdevelopment = weak towns (5+ / 0-)


      this is not only a local problem, it is a national problem

      build houses on land, many times farm land, and lots of money changes hands and get grants for "development" and then the money runs out

      a whole effort devoted to helping all the cities in the US who are bankrupt

      here is the opposite of a weak town, or failed town

      s your town a Strong Town?
      Building a Strong Town is a complex, long-term endeavor. Much as a successful family balances their short-term spending needs with their long-term savings and financial commitments, so too must a Strong Town work towards long-term, balanced objectives.

      A Strong Town...

      1. Must be near-term financially solvent.

      Can your town meet its near-term financial obligations? Is your town deferring needed maintenance, bypassing key investments or dramatically raising revenue in order to balance its budget? Is your town seeking new growth as a way to pay for current financial imbalances?

      2. Must have the tax base and resources to cover long-term financial commitments.

      Have the public investments that have been made in your town's infrastructure resulted in private-sector investments that can financially sustain the maintenance of that infrastructure? Is your town reliant on government transfer payments or extreme amounts of debt to pay for maintenance of basic infrastructure systems? Does your town have a capital improvements plan that accounts for the maintenance and replacement of all infrastructure systems?

      3. Must have sufficient age diversity so that population will be added at a rate greater than population is being lost.

      Is your town positioned to sustain its population a generation into the future, especially if it is planning to borrow for major infrastructure with a long payback cycle? When looking a generation to the future, is your town positioned to grow leaders from within the community or will tomorrow's leaders need to be imported? Is your population too young to sustain efforts to support the elderly? Is your population too old to have broad support for educating children and funding parks?

      4. Must have sufficient economic diversity and vibrancy so that businesses are being added at a rate greater than or equal to the rate they are being lost.

      Is your community dependent on one business or industry for the bulk of employment opportunities? Are there opportunities, locations, access to capital and a local support system for entrepreneurs that want to start businesses? Does your town actively engage in succession-planning, where successful local businesses can be passed from generation to generation? Does your town misuse tax subsidies to drive inefficient development patterns or fund non-viable endeavors? Does your town allow for creative destruction, where non-competitive businesses are allowed to fail in a competitive, free market?

      5. Must have the courage and leadership to plan for long-term viability.

      Does your town have a long-term plan for success? Do the leaders in your community understand that plan and embrace it? Are short-term decisions made through the prism of the long-term viability of the community? Are the members of the town engaged in a broad and comprehensive way in the planning of the community?

      To make your town a Strong Town, begin today by reorienting to meet these five benchmarks. For some concepts for how to build a Strong Town, be sure and read our Placemaking Principles.

      from their web page

      check out "growth ponzi scheme" on their website

      •  The eastern county is pure sprawl (0+ / 0-)

        The western county is still mostly rural with small towns, but the towns are every day fightlng sprawl and suburbanization. And this in a state with the Dillon rule so the power of local government is limited. The gross power of zoning density is the only power we are allowed!

        The western county is like Brigadoon, a half hour from Dulles airport the county still has dirt roads, small town schools and community identity, and of course now those small local schools are under threat for fiscal reasons and developers are lurking everywhere to snap up land for rezoning.

        Also, because the population of the western county is not growing and the population of the eastern county is growing rapidly, the west loses representation every time there is a redistricting.

  •  So you're upset because the school board is (0+ / 0-)

    obeying the law?

    Due to the fact that they might have to cut positions and let people go from their job, they have to send out RIF (Reduction In Force) notices TO ALL OF THE TEACHERS that you might not have a job next year.
    If you're upset about the predicates of the RIF requirement, why not specify what those are. Seems more relevant.
    •  True but.. missing the point. (0+ / 0-)

      Every teacher who gets a RIF notice is thrown into uncertainty and stress.

      The school budget does not need to be cut this way.

      Students will suffer.

      Just because the law requires such a notice does not mean that the School Board's action is defensible.

      The School Board did the wrong thing by cutting the budget and THAT is the real outrage; the blanket RIF notice is just frosting on the cake.

    •  The problem is with the board of supervisors (1+ / 0-)
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      not the school board.

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      by JamieG from Md on Wed Apr 09, 2014 at 01:34:12 PM PDT

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