I think each state legislature determines the amount of cuts that are needed by each state. For example, AZ needs to cut 891 million for the 2009/2010 school year. Next, they tell each school district the amount that their district is required to cut for the next year. I would imagine there's a fairly complex formula that determines this amount. My district has been told over 20 million. Then the school district and others involed such as unions and/or negotiation committees, etc. determine where the cuts will be made. NEVER NEVER NEVER in my almost 20 yrs of teaching have I ever been this stressed about not having a job!! I even have seniority and may still be surplused. It is an extremely stressful time not so much because of the money, but mostly the lose of benefits. Yes, it's only Cigna, but they have paid for a lot lately especially now that they finally pay for my naturopath.
If your state is in this type of situation, don't wait to find out, start networking and making arrangements NOW. I've already contacted some previous principals and am even looking into private schools - which would be much less pay, but a job with hopefully benefits.
Kate, Wife to DH and Mommy to a 5yo lovin' DS; three angels 4/08 9/08 3/10 in Heaven,
waitin' for my baby