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Guillermo Gomez, a former San Diego County teacher of the year, is still unsure if he’ll have a job next year at Lincoln High School in San Diego. Scott Lewis highlighted Gomez as one of the victims of the “pink slip machine” in this commentary earlier this year.
Gomez is among 204 educators whose layoff notices have not been rescinded by San Diego Unified, which reversed the majority of nearly 1,000 proposed educator layoffs last month after Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger revised his budget proposal to restore some funding to schools. Though Gomez has a long resume — he worked for 12 years in Chula Vista schools — he is considered a temporary teacher at San Diego Unified because this is his first year working in the school district.
The teachers union held a press conference Monday outside San Diego Unified headquarters to protest the planned layoffs and to draw attention to the staffing cuts that remain. San Diego Unified estimates that it still faces a $53 million cut.
“People are confused” and believe all the layoffs have been canceled, Gomez said. But if the layoffs remain, “this district will get a bad reputation of not protecting teachers. People will look to other districts.”
Gomez said if the layoff holds he hopes to return to Chula Vista schools.