wrveres wrote:bigh0rt wrote:Had a faculty meeting with the superintendent on Tuesday about the layoffs that will be happening come June. Budget will be made public sometime late April, voted on May 15th. I'm a chopping block candidate. Had a meeting with my building union rep to discuss possibilities, etc. yesterday. As things go I'll give you a first hand account of what the union does and how it operates. As it was explained to me yesterday, the only thing they're doing right now is proactively working with the district board to try and allow retirement candidates to negotiate the terms of retirement early, before the budget is built, so they can budget the savings made from retirees (typically retirees won't announce retirement until the end of the school year, so they still have leverage) in order to try and save jobs. They are also making sure that the terms of my contract are followed if I am excessed, or worst case, laid off, as far as where I fall on the ladder compared to others who are in the same boat.
Keep in mind this is all happening in one of the wealthiest and most well run districts in the entire United States, and by no fault of their own. Our budget has been meticulously incredible for the last fifteen years, but the state is mandating a cut of between $2.5 - 4.5 million in order to receive state aide. God help the people who work in the poor or poorly run areas.
H0rt, the reason you are being laid off, is because of that Union. Instead of figuring out who the bad/under performing teachers are, they just cut the new guy. Its wrong a million times to Sunday, and no business in their right mind would operate like that. Well at least no successful one. But then again, unions have shown over time that they are only successful at helping the guys who work at the AFL-CIO line their pockets with your money. Ask almost any worker in Detroit. Ask pretty much any ex textile employee.
No I know. If it were solely performance based I wouldn't have a worry in the world since I'm widely considered one of the best teachers in the entire school, especially cause of all of the things I'm certified to teach, and my track record, brief as it may be, being so solid. But, it is what it is. I'm taking suggestions for what I can do with a BA in Mathematics & Statistics and a MS in Secondary Education & Students with Disabilities, because there's about a billion out of work teachers in NY and come June I may be one of them.