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AP, bilingual teachers could be safe from layoffs

Some teachers in the Tahoe Truckee Unified School District” regardless of their seniority ” will be spared layoff notices this week if they possess some special skills.

The certifications a teacher must possess to qualify for this “skip” are as follows: Those teachers with a Bilingual, Crosscultural Language and Academic Development certification; those who have served as an academic coach during the 2008-09 school year; those who can instruct calculus; and those who can teach Advanced Placement Courses.

“District officials feel strongly that these criteria address four very important areas with respect to the academic experience and are in line with the district’s goals of academic excellence,” read a statement released earlier this week by the district.

Superintendent Steve Jennings said these “skips” are common in many school district’s layoff proceedings.

Initial layoff notices are due to teachers by Sunday, per California state law.

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