Where have I been?

Sat, 03/21/2009 - 9:03am
By: allegedteacher

I guess I've been teaching and not paying enough attention to the emails from the superintendent's office. I learned yesterday that teachers in Fayette County will be furloughed for a yet undetermined number of days in the school year so as to save the county more money. I understand the furlough of the staff who do not deal directly with students, but those workdays before and after the school year are essential to teachers' long-term planning efforts. (The half-day workdays you can have! They're not worth so much, in my opinion.) Gosh, paycuts, fewer teachers, furloughs...
I speak for many of my colleagues when I report that WE ARE DEMORALIZED. No one that I know of has a contract; no one has any idea what or where she/he will be teaching (oh, yes, I've been told I should just be grateful to have a job...). My prediction is that, having been stripped of the last vestiges of their professionalism, many teachers will be putting in their 7.75 hours and leaving the grading/posting, IEP paperwork, club sponsorships, and return emails/phone calls in the school buildings. Now, I can only speak for myself when I say I cannot take much more abuse. My students have asked me several times this week what is wrong; they notice the stress. It takes a toll on me and, as a result, on them. I don't have an answer; I'm just griping. Anyone out there with some real solutions?

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Submitted by tygerlili on Mon, 04/06/2009 - 8:59am.

Maybe ya'll could use your union to affect change?

Submitted by allegedteacher on Tue, 03/24/2009 - 8:56pm.

Have any Fayette County teachers seen our board member's son's name on the recall pool list? He must be a really great teacher to have outlasted tenured, renewable-certified staff. The demoralization and devaluing continue.

Submitted by ptcmom678 on Mon, 03/23/2009 - 8:22am.

The front office IS screwing you folks in the classroom over, and I am so sorry about it. I have been telling my students not to hassle their teachers due to the stress level, and have noticed the MyGradebook updates aren't as frequent as last year. Club sponsorship is also spotty. If I were still a teacher, I too would be getting out of there as soon as possible - why put in extra time when it's not appreciated by my bosses. Thank the heavens, I am out of teaching and about to begin a new career with mostly online classes through Griffin Tech. This might be something you would also want to look into. Health care is booming still. Hang in there - spring break is just around the corner followed by the summer - a great time to job-hunt. Those of you IN the classroom have a lot of parental sympathies.

Submitted by mysteryman on Sun, 03/22/2009 - 10:37am.

It says WELCOME TO THE TWILIGHT ZONE...............

Submitted by allegedteacher on Tue, 03/24/2009 - 8:57pm.


Submitted by AtHomeGym on Sun, 03/22/2009 - 10:57am.

Solution is called "Retirement" if you are eligible--otherwise, suck it up and drive on down the road. I hate that you face this situation and regret that the students are aware of it. Should not be this way. My wife is a retired teacher (3d Grade in Clayton County schools) and is very happy not to be subject to the inefficiencies of school officials (at all levels) any longer. Just remember that your rewards will come when you meet former students in the grocery store or elsewhere and they say "Oh hello Mrs. ??, do you remember me? You were my best teacher ever." Guarantee you it will bring a tear to your eye. Thanks for what you do for our youth.

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