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If you spot a teacher, parent or student wearing lots of pink today — or a pink banner hanging from an overpass on your commute — it’s not because everything is coming up roses.

The California Teachers Association, the largest teachers union in the state, is holding rallies, donning pink stickers, and hanging banners across San Diego County and the state today to mark “Pink Friday,” the day that layoff notices will be given to an estimated 26,000 teachers across the state. Teachers frequently dub them “pink slips.”

The pink slips are warnings that a teacher could be terminated, they are not an actual layoff notices. But they alarm teachers nonetheless and cause turmoil in schools. Teachers are rallying against pink slips today in more than a dozen locations across the city of San Diego, including Escondido, El Cajon, National City, Carlsbad, Chula Vista, La Mesa and Santee.

One of the few school districts to avoid sending out the warnings so far is San Diego Unified. (I think it might actually be the only one, but I haven’t polled every school district to be sure.) Read more about how they did it here.

EMILY ALPERT

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