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Family worries SDUSD layoffs will hurt son's development

Posted at 6:24 PM, Mar 31, 2017
and last updated 2017-03-31 21:51:29-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - A parent is refusing to be silent about the pink slip his son's teacher received.

That layoff is among the hundreds happening within the San Diego Unified School District.

Six-year-old Elias Corado loves his fruit snacks. Selecting what he wants is something he learned at school. His dad, Margarito, said he's thankful for the work of his son's teacher.

"For us it's been significant. It's something we didn't see before," he said.

Elias has tuberous sclerosis. He gets tumors throughout his body and oftentimes he has seizures. Elias attends a special needs class at Rowan Elementary. There, his teacher sets high standards for her kids.

"We appreciated that she was putting all that effort into the kids, that she was trying to teach them stuff that people may not think those kids can achieve," said Corado.

Recently, SDUSD announced budget cuts. A couple of weeks ago, Corado found out Elias' teacher had received one of nearly 1,000 pink slips.

"We were caught by surprise and to be honest I was really upset," he said.

Corado worries a change in routine could have a negative impact on his son.

"It'll be real difficult for him to even do well in school and at home."

Now, he is asking the District to reconsider their decision.

"It's definitely upsetting that they're doing all these decisions without consideration of the kids," he said.

In a statement, district representatives tell 10news:

"The deadline for teachers eligible to accept the district's early retirement package is on April 21st. After that, the district will have a better idea as to how many pink slips can be rescinded. It will be sometime after in May when teachers know whether their employment with SDUSD will continue. If not, they will be employed through the end of the school year (June 30)."

They also said there is a formula they have, relying heavily on seniority. There are also other variables that factor into which teacher gets laid off.

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