Wonderful sped teacher pink-slipped

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Wonderful sped teacher pink-slipped
Mon, 04-26-2010 - 10:30pm

This woman goes above and beyond anything I've seen so far. She understands the kids, "gets" autism and anxiety, is well-organized, kind, professional. She brings in snacks, which can make the difference between a meltdown-day and a good day. She volunteered to stay late two nights a week to help kids with homework.

But since she's only been in the district for one year, her job is going to someone with more seniority. I know we had a thread about this last week, about favorite teachers/staff being let go because of budget cuts. I thought this one would be safe, but no. She says she has every confidence that her replacement will be well-qualified, and care about the kids. Even so, it's another big change. Not to mention that she's a great teacher who now has to look for work elsewhere. The old hag at the old school, whose been there since The Great Depression, gets to keep her job. It's not fair.

Oh well. Sigh! I'm 99% sure we'll be homeschooling next year anyway.


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Registered: 03-24-2010
Tue, 04-27-2010 - 6:14am
What a bummer!! :( Unfortunately, when it comes to teachers it's all about seniority and not about job performance. I am an elementary teacher and TRUST ME...I've seen this happen to many excellent teachers while there are more senior teachers with tenure, etc. that don't do half of the work and get to stay. Also, somebody like you are describing in her first year is making a good 30k less than the teachers there for much longer. Sometimes the system just doesn't seem on track. Hope it works out for you. Maybe something unexpected will happen over summer break...lots of movement (retirements, etc.)
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Registered: 03-27-2003
Tue, 04-27-2010 - 8:06am
I so understand! My child's teacher was let go yesterday too.
Susan, mom to Sam 11 and Connor 9
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Wed, 04-28-2010 - 12:27am

Well Evelyn,

There are 2 things to be hopeful about:

1) They have to pink slip EVERYONE who MIGHT get laid off but not everyone that is pink slipped usually gets laid off. Often at the 11th hour some are reinstated.

2) Special ed is often WAY more safe than other teaching jobs. If she is resource or mild-moderate it isn't as safe as moderate severe unfortunately but she has a MUCH better chance of keeping her job than the general ed teachers.

Special ed is also a high turn over population where typically there is more need than staff. There is always the possibility that other sped teachers will leave thus moving things around and giving her a chance to keep her job.

I hope she is able to retain her job. We have been lucky in my district with special ed. We lost some positions with aides last year but were able to cover it with people who were quitting anyway but general ed got hit hard.

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