Disappearing Students Syndrome (DSS): A phrase created by me to describe a phenomenon taking place across the United States, affecting both privately and publicly funded schools, from Kindergarten all the way through University levels.
Incomplete list of publicly announced education related layoffs & school shutdowns, March 2017:
California: A true sign of advanced education; in San Francisco a book store which also doubles as a booze joint, Two Sisters Bar & Books, shutdown. Los Angeles Unified School District notified 1-thousand-6-hundred employees of layoffs due to massive DSS and taxpayer funding cuts! At a “special” meeting Azusa School District voted to layoff 14 teachers due to an unexpected reduction in taxpayer funding. Local news media pointed out that the superintendent got an 8% pay raise, but supposedly that was before the sudden reduction in state funding. San Diego Unified School District eliminating 850 jobs due to a $124-million deficit! Administrators pointed out that if they didn’t start laying people off then the state could take over. In the largest county in the world, Rim of the World Unified School District notified at least ten teachers of layoffs. In Santa Monica, American Flyers shutting down its flight school in April. Local news media said its the second flight school at the Santa Monica Airport to shutdown in the past 12 months, speculating it has to due with ongoing problems with city administrators. However, city admin smugly stated “They chose to leave on their own for their own reasons.” In Modesto, Nasco Education eliminating 46 jobs at the end of May.
Idaho: As I warned back in 2016, Islamic extremist U.S. ally Saudi Arabia’s funding cuts to Idaho State University (ISU) could result in layoffs. Local news media reporting that ISU is dealing with a $12-million USD shortfall and the loss of 35% of its Middle Eastern students! ISU admin warned of layoffs if state taxpayers aren’t forced to make up the funding difference! (Related: SAUDI ARABIA TAKES OVER TEXAS OIL SUPPLY & SOUTHEAST U.S. FUEL SALES!)
Illinois: Community Unit School District 308 notified at least 48 people of layoffs (mainly teachers) due to crashing enrollments and taxpayer funding. Richland Community College laid off 18 people due to crashing taxpayer funding and what I call DSS. McHenry County College eliminating 25 jobs, reducing work hours for five positions and not filling six soon to be vacant positions, blaming crashing taxpayer funding and what I call DSS. Aurora University suddenly laid off about 45 people due to problems with state taxpayer MAP (Monetary Award Program) funding. Community High School District 155 warning of layoffs and reduced work hours, blaming a $1.6-million deficit on “experiencing declining enrollment, and we will continue to”. School bus company First Student laying off 75 people in June due to loss of contract. Aramark Educational Services lost its food contract with Indian Prairie School District, 169 jobs gone by June! In Moline, Readmore Book World and Rock Shop shutdown: “We’re closing this time mostly because I’m not as interested in staying in retail anymore…..you’ve got to have the fire in your belly to keep going, especially in independent retail, and stuff that has small profit margins like this.”-Randy Pearson, co-owner
Maryland: Kent County Board of Education shutting down Millington and Worton elementary schools due to a $1.2-million deficit caused by 20 years of crashing student enrollments!
Massachusetts: Hampden-Wilbraham Regional School District eliminating at least 18 jobs due to being in the hole by $1.2-million USD. Administrators admitted that the elimination of 18 jobs still wouldn’t make up for the budget deficit.
Michigan: Central Michigan University warning of mass layoffs due to an estimated $20-million deficit!
Missouri: Saint Louis University eliminating 120 jobs due to a $16-million deficit caused by increasing costs and decreasing student enrollments!
New York: In Buffalo, after 70 years god powerless to stop the shutdown of ‘his’ Mary Queen of Angels school due to The Rapture, I mean declining student enrollments and increasing costs of operations. Interestingly the christian school’s mascot is a winged bison. Fairport Central School District eliminating 30 teaching jobs in the 2017-18 school year. The local teacher’s union warned that layoffs could be more depending upon the state budget. School bus company Durham School Services issued a layoff WARN, 216 jobs lost due to loss of contract! School bus company East End Bus Lines shutting down in Medford, 255 jobs lost due to loss of contract!
Oregon: Portland Public Schools warning of 70 teacher layoffs due to crashing student enrollments. Administrators swear they’ve eliminated jobs elsewhere in an attempt to save teaching jobs, but the enrollment problem is only getting worse. University of Oregon notified 75 employees of layoffs, after years of hiring new employees. Administrators blame an expected $8.8-million deficit on skyrocketing costs of employee benefits (partially caused by ObamaCare). The employee’s union says the number of people to be laid off will actually be more than 75.
Pennsylvania: Norwin School District warning of layoffs due to being short an estimated $3.3-million. Mansfield University warning of layoffs and shutdowns of departments due to a 35% crash in enrollments since 2010! In the middle of the school year Khepera Charter School suddenly laid off 11 people, including teachers, blaming a lack of funding. The ‘African-American’ Khepera Charter School has a history of sudden layoffs and last year a whistle-blower revealed massive financial fraud. Michigan based Baker College shutting down its one year old campus in Reading, due to lack of students. Non-profit Mount Pleasant Glass Museum shutdown after only three years, they didn’t charge an admission fee and never got enough donations.
Tennessee: God powerless to stop ‘his’ Aquinas College from suddenly laying off the majority of its employees and forcing half the student body to transfer to other ‘christian’ schools!
Texas: In Fort Worth, the short lived Military Museum shutdown. Local news reports said until 2016 about 3-thousand people per year visited the museum, but last year only 1-thousand showed up.
South Dakota: After almost 40 years the privately owned National Museum of Wood Carving shutdown. The owners needed money so they put everything up for sale.
Virginia: More proof god can’t save you, and neither can the internet; god powerless to stop ‘his’ online based Liberty University from eliminating an undisclosed number of jobs. Administrators blame “competition” for causing The Rapture, I mean the loss of several thousands of students!
Washington: After 68 years School of Piano Technology for the Blind shutting down due to no more students! Local news reports say the last two students graduated in December 2016.
West Virginia: During an emergency meeting Wayne County Schools announced the elimination of 85 jobs due to an expected $1.8-million reduction in taxpayer funding caused by ongoing Disappearing Students Syndrome.
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