As of today, Feb. 16, school districts throughout California still have no idea what their funding picture is. Our legislators are busy in Sacramento attempting to hone political stonewalling into an even lower rung on the evolutionary ladder. By March 15, districts must, by law, notify certificated staff (administrators, teachers, librarians who are credentialed) that they could be laid off. The pink slip time clock is ticking rather loudly. By May 15, those who receive pink slips will find out if they have jobs for the following school year. Most likely no one who is as gray as I am will find anything pink in the mail. The young, energetic, full of enthusiasm future of education in the classroom teachers will receive them. Most of them went through University when the cry from the education and political establisments was that we have a national and state shortage of teachers. Get your credential, get a job. I hope that the legislators, in whatever state they are in, come to their senses and get the budgeting issue solved very soon. It would be, in my opinion, a disaster for education if we lose young teachers because of the inability of the state government to come to agreement on where the money to run the state actually comes from. Arranging the deck chairs to facilitate the sinking of the ship is not what we are in need of just now.