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SAN DIEGO (AP) — Precious Jackson has two years of teaching under her belt and two school teacher-of-the-year awards to show for it. She also has a pink slip.
Now Jackson is a prime target for growing school districts across the country hoping to cherry-pick from thousands of California teachers who have been warned they could be laid off because of state budget woes.
“Your future is in our classroom,” the Fort Worth, Texas, school district says on a San Diego billboard. It plans to send recruiters to the city next month to dangle $3,000 signing bonuses.
Several Los Angeles-area newspapers are carrying ads for the Clark County, Nev., school district, which hopes to lure teachers to Las Vegas with $2,000 incentives.
“We don’t hear things like that here,” said Jackson, 25, who teaches English at Lincoln High School, her alma mater in San Diego’s hardscrabble Lincoln Park neighborhood. “Instead we just don’t know what to expect, and it makes us feel underappreciated.”
The story also mentions that San Diego Unified sent more layoff notices — 913 — than any other California school district.