Margaret Carder teaches at Sacramento's Natomas Unified School District, and she's been down this road before. Last year, she worked as a substitute after getting laid off a year earlier. Now, after getting a new job right before school started, she's received another letter that says her services will no longer be required.
Carder: "I'm hoping that they'll rescind it, because I recently finished my secondary math credential, and it seems that's the most marketable position."
Otherwise, Carder says, she'll look for work in other districts.
Carder: "I'm willing to commute within an hour from where I live, but I do need to work full-time."
A layoff notice now doesn't guarantee unemployment. Districts typically pull some of them back, depending on individual budgets. This year, the state budget will be a significant factor.