Half of All School Employees Aren’t Teachers. This Recession Will Endanger Their Jobs

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But a distinction persists, in both qualifications and job security, between those working at the front of the class and those standing behind the lunch counter. Susanna Loeb, an economist at Brown University, said that “classified” employees (i.e., those who can do their jobs with no professional certification) are more at risk of losing their jobs during times of economic hardship.

“When you look at the protections that are offered, you’ll see that the education workforce that is more white and educated has stronger protections than the one that is more racially diverse and less educated,” she said. “If we’re in a situation where those employees lose their jobs, for example, this is going to be affecting a part of the population that doesn’t have as great skills to find other jobs.”

Loeb’s view was shared by AASA’s Domenech. While turnover trends downward for teachers during economic slumps, he said, other school employees can begin to seem expendable.


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