Hubby just called. He's an adjunct professor of grad-level classes at a well known conservatory in Maryland. His supervisor just let him know that, because of a new MD law passed with the intention of ensuring part-time teachers get benefits starting at 50% of full time, that his classes next year will be cut back to less than 50% of full time. Another teacher is caught up in this as well. They will then hire 2 more professors to cover the remaining classes.
Seriously, could lawmakers not see this one coming? The responsible thing would have been to write in a grandfather clause.
So much for being able to pay our bills next year. IF we make it through the summer when he doesn't earn a paycheck. We also have to consider if him driving an hour each way three days a week is even worth it anymore, which means he may have to look for a job other than teaching. He has no marketable skills outside of music and academia. FML.
Nothing productive to add- just I'm so sorry, that's truly horrible.
This is exactly right.
Jesus christ! Bastards. They knew EXACTLY what was going to happen. They just don't care. It's not their jobs on the line, it's their re-election they care about. And all the lobbying dollars they might miss out on.