In today's Orange County Register (http://www.ocregister.com), there was a front page story by Greg Hardesty about the predicament faced by Jesus Becerra, an elementary school teacher. He started as a custodian, went back to school to get his credential. He is one of 276 teachers in the Capistrano Unified District who have received their layoff notice. According to the story, the acronym is "Rif-ed". It is short form for Reduction in Force.
When teachers are not valued, then what can we truly depend on? The irony of this story is this: Mr. Becera told the reporter for the register that if he had not gone to school and stayed a custodian, he would still have a job. It is simply sad!!!