Teacher Layoffs Would Hamper Some Local Economies

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Gov. Rick Perry can't quit talking about jobs.

He used the word 19 times in his recent state of the state address and has made it a top spending priority. But if Perry realizes his vision of a budget balanced through cuts alone, 100,000 teachers could lose their jobs.

That's about a third of the 333,000 teachers employed by Texas public schools. Plans for layoffs are stirring panic from Houston to far West Texas. And while the Legislature has until May to write a budget, districts can't wait to see what happens.

The pink slips have already started in places such as Austin, Round Rock and Dallas.