Jenna Flanagan has been an Associate Producer and contributing reporter for WNYC's All Things Considered, local news since 2006. Prior to that, she worked for 3 years as a general assignment reporter for the WBGO news department and won a Garden State Association of Black Journalists award.
500 Public School Aides Lose Jobs
Friday, November 13, 2009
New York, NY —
500 public school aides are losing their jobs today, after weeks of litigation between the city and their union. Suprina Willliams, who works at P-S 223 in Jamaica, says that as a single parent with a mortgage, she's the sole wage earner, and worries there are few other job options.
WILLIAMS: I'm gonna have to go on unemployment, probably apply for food stamps; something that I never really had to get into. Thought I left that life. It's just very unfair.
REPORTER: The city and the union, District Council 37, are due back in court at the end of the month over the layoffs. The union claims schools in poor neighborhoods are being disproportionately affected because their parents can't afford to hire extra teaching assistants. But the city denies any schools are being unfairly penalized, and says the layoffs are necessary to close a budget gap.