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95 RCSD teachers in limbo
Rochester, N.Y. -- Some teachers are busy getting their classrooms ready for the first day of school next week but close to 100 Rochester city teachers are waiting by the phone.
They don't know where they will be teaching next week or even if they have jobs.
The teachers were among hundreds laid off at the end of the school year, due to an anticipated drop in enrollment.
In past years these teachers are always called back and usually told their assignments by now.
The RCSD apologized for the delay, saying 91-percent of teachers were given their assignments back in June. They said student schedules were a top priority and told 13WHAM News: "The District regrets having any teacher receive an assignment late in the summer, but student schedules are complete and we expect to have the remaining displaced teachers assigned to classrooms in time for a strong start to the school year next week."
That doesn't leave teachers much time to prepare for the coming school year. The Rochester Teacher's Union called the delay "unacceptable."
The union said the district had a new centralized scheduling system but said this delay was later than usual for calling back displaced teachers.
The union said its concern is that some teachers were offered other jobs and need to know if they have jobs in the city, or should accept other offers.