Teachers unions are starting to push for a repeal of upcoming unpaid work furlough days after the state Legislature released millions in federal stimulus funding.
The federal money, with $2.5 million going to Burbank Unified and about $5 million to Glendale Unified, was meant to rehire laid-off teachers and rescind work furlough days. But so far, district officials have been unwilling to take the furloughs back, citing the fiscal uncertainty of the ongoing state budget stalemate.
In both districts, all laid-off teachers have been rehired.
Unpaid days in 2011 — two in Glendale and three in Burbank school districts — could stay in place until the state legislators and the governor approve a budget, an action that is now 79 days late and not expected before the November elections, officials in both districts said.
"We don't want the federal government giving us money and the state cutting Proposition 98 and taking it away in another fashion," Glendale Unified Supt. Dick Sheehan said. "Our intention is there not be any furlough days this year, but at the same time we have to protect ourselves financially."