If you doubted things are serious--and surprisingly, some do--then this letter to employees of RoundRock ISD must definitely capture your attention. Read the whole of it, but I've highlighted those points below that I think every school district should practice doing.
For example, notifying staff early. There are going to be thousands of educators on the hunt for new jobs. My advice is START LOOKING NOW for that new job and do whatever it takes to get a job that will carry you through the next biennium, at least. RoundRock ISD gets points for self-imposing an April, 2011 notification date...but what about other school districts still waiting to see what will happen?
It's tough to imagine that some educators won't find out until the State legislature is done meeting in May, 2011--if then--that they are out of a job for the 2011-2012 school year.