Need to rant and get suggestions

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Registered: 02-21-2010
Need to rant and get suggestions
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Thu, 02-21-2013 - 2:53pm

My DD HS Chemistry teacher left right after Thanksgiving on personal leave...they found out about 3 weeks ago that he would not be coming back. So far they have had 5 subs non of which have been proficient in Chemistry, yet they are still expected to complete the same work and tests that everyone else is taking. My DD has gone from a High B to just about failing this class as a result. I am so frusterated but don't really know what to do at this point. We have all compleined to the head ot the science department as well as the principal but they just cannot find a credibal teacher to help them. The other teachers cannot piuck up 6 additional classes either. They provide tutoring after school but that isn't always possible. My DD wants to attend the Air Force Academy but if this continues her Chemistry grade won't be something that colleges will  want.

Help,

Miki

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Registered: 12-16-2003
Thu, 02-21-2013 - 11:25pm

Oh, I am sorry!  I would be ranting at the school every day!!  That is awful!!  I hope that they reach out to these students soon!!

Ramona  Mom to 2 great kids and wife to one wonderful hubby since 1990!

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Registered: 07-26-1999
Fri, 02-22-2013 - 10:34am

Gosh that would be frustrating!  I would continue to complain.  You should also be able to put on the application for college the circumstances behind the grade especially if it was so drastic from first semester to second semester and they will take that into consideration.  I know that doesn't help with overall GPA at the h/s though.  Can she drop the class for this semester and wait and see about picking it up or something else to make up for it next year?

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Registered: 09-13-1999
Sat, 02-23-2013 - 8:07pm

Miki, I would insist that my kid be moved into a different class and I wouldn't take no for an answer.  The school will likely hit you with "but it's not fair to everyone else if we do this" and my answer would be, "I don't see anyone else sitting here but me" and follow that up with a clear picture of her preciptious grade drop.   Sure the school has to worry about all 6 affected classes but you have to worry about your own child.  Be insistent and persistent.  Good luck!

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Registered: 05-27-1998
Mon, 02-25-2013 - 11:08am

That is outrageous, and I agree with the others. Keep after the school until they switch your D to another class. There's still enough time to make up the lost material before the year ends.

I'm surprised it's legal for the school to hire someone who isn't certified to teach the subject. In our state, as in others, teachers in the public schools must have a master's degree and must be certified in their subject. You might want to see if this is the case in your state as well, because you and the other affected families may have grounds for legal action. If not, you should campaign to get the weak, ineffective administration out of there, because your kids deserve better.

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Registered: 07-24-1997
Mon, 02-25-2013 - 2:35pm

No one certified to teach chemistry is applying for the job?  I find that hard to believe.  Even my oldest, who attended Catholic school where the teachers are paid horribly, had teachers who were certified to teach every subject.

Don't let up on them.  Show up in the administration office, at Board meetings and every other place you can find, and complain until this situation is resolved. 

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Registered: 07-24-1997
Mon, 02-25-2013 - 2:36pm
Ash, substitute teachers may not have to be certified for the subject they're teaching. Agree completely that the administration needs to step up.
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Registered: 03-22-2007
Mon, 02-25-2013 - 4:48pm
I would be so aggravated by this, and it's not fair to the students at all. I agree with the others, keep being demanding with the school and ask her to be moved to a different class.

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Registered: 12-06-1999
Tue, 02-26-2013 - 12:27pm

I work in a public school system, and you have no idea how hard it really is to find a qualified long-term sub for a high school science class. They are very few and far between, even with the budget cuts that have gone on in many districts, high school science teachers are never cut, because they are in short supply. You can complain all you want, but it may not change anything. 

At the very least the school should be offering tutoring done by current teachers to fill in the gaps. Miserable as it is, this is the state of things.