Starving The Schools

Trimming budgets is not enough: school districts are being asked to slice right down to the bone, and children will be feeling the pain

Every spring around this time, Gregory Gorbach gets fired. He currently teaches 10th-grade science at Folsom High School outside Sacramento, and he's good at his job. Last month, right on schedule, the principal called him in and handed him a pink slip. But sometime over the summer, once the school district figures out how much money it really has to spend, it may hire Gorbach again. This pattern doesn't do a lot for his morale. "I like teaching," he says, "but if I have to, I'll leave it. I don't feel teachers should have to carry society's burdens."

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