Sarah Gardner:Thousands of teachers are notheading back to school this week. Budget cuts have hit one of this country’s largest professions especially hard. In the last three years, more than 300,000 education jobs have disappeared. And that’s left a lot of people working on their Plan B. Former technology teacher Chris Bjuland found his at the airport.
Chris Bjuland:I was working as a teacher in the Archdiocese of San Francisco, and I got called down to the principal’s office one day between classes, and he said, “Well I’m sorry to do this, but we’ve had some budget problems and so we’re going to have to let you and all the part-time teachers go.”
I did look for other teaching jobs. After about a year of really trying and seeing how frustrating it was, it was time to open up the horizons.