Hard to believe I have let six months go by without posting. That is how crazy the past six months have been! Whew!
Third year in a row that school has ended with firings or failures to renew or outright resignations. Three principals, three years of opportunities to value and respect teachers, students, their parents, and our community we reside in. But no.
New principal, new superintendent, new issues.
In my own building, eight of us, including me, will not be back next year. I along with three others choose to leave, to move on to new adventures: one will be staying home to raise her young and growing family, one moves to another, friendlier building in the district, another second retirement, and me? I am going back to school-paid to teach and work on my Ph.D. I will be excited later when I am further away from the poison of this year. One teacher was non-renewed since they were probationary; another was harassed that finally they were able to negotiate his resignation on his terms (if one really wants to resign), and two were outright “released” fired (with one of the two told they could apply for the new configuration of their combined jobs).
In other buildings there are those who are also leaving on their own volition to hopefully better working/teaching situations. But my building was hardest hit by a principal on a path of wiping the slate clean,m starting over with people of her choice that she could either bully or manipulate. Two teachers are staying but under threat at any time of an improvement plan. Two others are staying but looking for other employment.
The new world of education reform has finally hit my district. Sadly, the high-stakes testing didn’t drive us away; but the inhuman treatment of persons by one crazy person on a power trip, enabled by the administration and lack of oversight by the majority of the school board.