California school districts cut $1 billion from their budget for teacher payroll in 2011, according to this newspaper analysis. The cuts included the elimination of roughly 15,000 teacher jobs, and came amid ongoing budget cuts that have led to increased class sizes, program reductions, and the closures of many school libraries and schools. "This $1 billion comes on top of years of cuts," said Eric Heins, vice president of the California Teachers Association. "Overall, we have lost 40,000 teacher jobs over the last four years."
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