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11/30/11 9:04 A

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I was laid off at the end of last year. I signed up to be a sub in four different school districts and have not been called, yet! I am still applying for jobs, even outside of education. I have had several interviews, but still have not been hired. I have now applied for food stamps, and qualify. I only have unemployment for six months. I have no idea what I will do when it ends!
I think what is going on is terrible. I hope what is going does not terrible destroy the gains that have been made in education. I think back to what I went through going to school in a large school district and cringe, because now it's not just those school districts being hurt, it's all. I know I struggled in school because I was in a class of 30-45 students starting from kindergarten through high school.
I have no idea what else to do, except pray that something happens.

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Michigan's education system is falling fast. After 15 years, my program was closed at the end of last year. Luckily I was able to get put into another program, but at only 55% and a three step pay cut. I was just recently laid off beginning January 6th. So yes, I have been affected. Losing the insurance has been my biggest hit!

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Another WI teacher checking in... The cuts in my district have been devastating. Our class sizes are blowing up (37-41) is the norm in my school. I don't even want to start on the expansion of vouchers/school choice and how they steal our kids, refuse to take special ed, and have no accountability. They do not have to test, release scores, release suspension data, demographic data. I am so devastated by what I see happening.

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8/5/11 11:03 A

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I was cut from school. I have sent out what I believe to be now 100 resumes and applications. I have had two interviews. One interview was like an interrogation, which I am pretty sure was due to the principal not wanting to do interviews, but had to because of district policy of moving teachers within the school district. My other interview went completely different. I ended up having to call the school to find out if they filled the position, which they did. I am now signing up to be a substitute which of course won't pay my bills or put food on the table or pay for my prescriptions. I will be lucky if it pays my mortgage (which is cheaper than renting in my area). I am also looking at getting a part time job to help cover the other part of my bills.
Unfortunately, I don't have parents that can help me, like so many people I worked with thought I did. Also, many of the people that I worked with were under the impression that because I was single I had no bills to pay!
This is completely insane to me since I am a special education teacher. I was always told, because of my field I will always have a job. The worst part is that I was looking to go back to school to get a masters degree. The program I was looking at requires that I have a job. The bonus was that I would get a stipend for the school district. This had no impact on my school district I was still cut.
I pray every night that I will get lucky and find a job. I just hope it's not to late. I also pray that everyone else in my position.

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8/4/11 10:36 A

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I have been teaching for 5 years. I've had to job search every single one of them - the first two because I was a leave replacement, the last three because of layoffs. In 2009, I was laid off. I was rehired by the district as a leave for 09-10. I almost was jobless for 10-11, but at the very, very last minute (literally - I didn't get officially confirmation until a week after school ended), a retirement incentive went through and I got my job back. This past year, I got my tenure and my excessing letter at the same time. They were able to find me part time, and then finally someone announced a leave, so I'm back to a full schedule for the year. So, if nobody takes another leave or retires and no cuts are made at the end of this year, the most I'll have for next year (12-13 school year) is part time plus subbing. At this point though, I'm praying I at least get that - I just heard that NY state passed the proposed 2% tax cap on schools, so I'm now pretty convinced that I'm basically screwed - I don't see how I can possibly hang on for more than another year or two if nobody leaves or retires with the tax cap in place.

It's really, really scary. I've been lucky so far that with each cut, I've been able to hang on and stick it out with a leave replacement or a retirement or whatever, but I'm pretty sure that my luck is going to run out sooner or later - and it's starting to feel like it might be sooner rather than later. I've been bounced around from grade to grade and building to building, to the point where it's just getting a little ridiculous, but all I want to do is the job I was hired to do - and to not have to worry about how many more paychecks I'll have before I get laid off again!

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I was laid off along with 50 other teachers and yes I will lose my medical insurance as well. I am worried. I have sent out 50 resumes and very few bites.

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We've had devastating layoffs in Philly and the District is in complete chaos. Class size will be back to crazy levels and there is nothing but uncertainty about next year. Dealing with it like I always have, one day at a time. No need worrying over how it affects me until it does. The kids and the city will suffer far more than I will. Very sad. I pray hard for public education and educators.

On a happier note, I got a cute email today from my most inquisitive and trying child from last year. He misses me and was thinking of me today! I wrote him back a long letter. He drove me completely up the wall all year while at the same time wowing me with his hunger to learn and think and reason. A most wonderful investment of my energy! THAT feeling is what keeps me going when school is particularly stressful. I keep a "triumph tin" on my school desk and write 3 positive things on a post it note each day. On really awful days I pull out the papers and read them.

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7/21/11 7:14 P

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All teachers who are layed off or looking for work... I'm praying for you! Although our class sizes are going up, there is no money for supplies, we are recieving pay cuts and much more, we at least have a job...

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7/20/11 8:30 P

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I'm a teacher in Florida, and we've also been impacted by budget cuts. Our district also had to trim 9.5 million dollars, and the biggest bang for their buck was to furlough teachers for 2 1/2 days, and administrators for 4 1/2 days. We've put off buying science textbooks, and have cut Music, Art, and PE. We cut transportation to magnet schools. We even cut some of our sports programs, but private fundraising efforts have saved most of the programs. It's absolutely insane.

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7/19/11 1:08 P

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I am also a teacher in Wisconsin. My school had to cut 11 teacher positions this year because our new governor decided to send some federal grant money back and we had to discontinue a class-size reduction program. After this already devastating cut, the governor released his budget plans that cut an additional huge amount of money from the district. My district laid off 514 people (teachers, assistants, social workers, and guidance counselors). Our district is also very badly affected by a school choice voucher program which on paper looks good. However, the voucher schools very often keep students until after the deadline for getting money for the enrollment count and then kick out behavior problems and special needs students. That leaves the public schools with higher percentages of these students and the money stays at the voucher school. I see the situation getting worse before it gets better, but we need to keep on keeping on and give it our all so that the students get the best education we can give them.

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I got a call today from my administrator telling me that I am officially back on staff!! I will be bumping up to 2nd grade next year. This means I will be following my students and teaching a new grade. I am excited for this new challenge!!

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7/10/11 11:54 A

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I am a teacher in Wisconsin. I'm sure you've all heard of what's been happening here since February. Needless to say...I've been greatly affected.

I teach in the 9th largest district in the state - we're looking at losing 9.5 million dollars in funding next year alone.

My take home pay from a $40,000 salary will only be about $26,000 -$27,000 (and another $3000 of that will go towards paying for my insulin pump supplies).

I guess I'm blessed that I own my car and don't have a mortgage (I rent).

We're all very concerned about class sizes here in WI. I think my district will be spared this year at least, as we're SAGE. Our district is losing just about all Educational Assistants, however. We may also lose some Title 1 teachers, because funds are being moved around.

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Congrats Amanda and Emily! I found my first year hard, exhilarating, hectic, time consuming but mostly sooooo rewarding! I love teaching and sooooo enjoy the kids!!

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I have been displaced but am lucky to be assigned to a different school. It's further from home. Many friends have not been as fortunate. I wish I could retire.

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emoticon Amanda!

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Congrats, Emily!

I was offered a job and will be going on the first to sign my contract emoticon I'm the second of all my friends that graduated to get an offer. One got an offer in Memphis, TN but decided not to take it. She is moving to NC. My job will be in NW Ohio. I'm very happy to only have to move 2 hours from home! I was looking all over KY, 6-8 hours! This will be much better. They have a great support staff for first year teachers so I'm really looking forward to it.

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xxxxx = fingers crossed for you!

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6/23/11 8:56 P

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Interview went well, I will know within the next 2 weeks

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emoticon Emily! Good luck - keep us posted.

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I have an interview tomorrow at a new school!!

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Great news. We need more politicians put in their place, in my opinion.

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WooHoo! The FEA has just filed a lawsuit against Fl gov. Rick Scott and those who manage our pension fund that also covers firefighters, police, state & city government employees. The suit asks FL Supreme Court to rule recent legislation unconstitutional to make us take a pay cut of 3% and put it into the retirement fund. We negotiated pay that is 48th in the nation knowing part of our compensation was the retirement plan. Now Tallahassee has changed where the goal posts are. The FEA says our contracts are covenants that can't be broken. New hires can be under new rules. FEA petitions the court to set our 3% contributions into an interest paying trust fund until the suit is decided. If we win, money will be returned with interest. If this works, for the next year, Rick Scott and cronies can't have our hard-earned money.

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Hope your admin doesn't get caught, last I read guidelines this is not appropriate.

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True - Title 1 isn't being cut (as far as I know) but in my district, the funds are being used for other things, so we lost 2 of our 3 title teachers and our kindergarten teachers are paid with Title 1 funds, so they had to change grade levels so we could put less expensive ones in kindergarten.

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6/18/11 8:14 P

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I hate this budget crisis. I have applied all over the state of Texas (at last count 50 jobs in 23 school districts). I've had one school district that actually asked me for some more information. The only downfall for me is that the school district is 3 and half hours away. I've also applied for other jobs as well. Only one call back (approx. 10). I just keep praying that something will happen. Good Luck, to all that are in my same position!

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At work today we were talking about the ever increasing demands placed on teachers and the monies being cut as well. It amazes me that the powers that be don't see that you just can't get blood from a stone no matter how hard you squeeze.

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My district has come out better than others in my area. There were a few layoffs last year, and we all had furloughed days and a small pay cut. Other district had much larger layoffs. We received our days back this year as well as our pay cuts back. We also got our increments back as well. Our biggest hit right now will be in class size and support people.

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How sad that we are losing talented teachers all over the country! Then those same politicians will ask why scores are so low! UGH!!!

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EMKNAPP, I'm a first year teacher in NE Ohio. It's not so great down here but there are *some* jobs. I'm English 7-12. I've applied to pretty much every job I could in OH and some in KY too. I've had 5 first round interviews and today I have my first second round interview. I actually consider myself very lucky! Most of my social studies friends haven't had any luck at all, same with early childhood. Even some of my special ed friends are struggling! But they are doing some things with budgets and more positions are slowly opening up but it's still not enough for the number of teachers that are looking for jobs emoticon

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I feel fortunate to have my position for next year, however, another teacher that I work with who was hired the day after me was RIF'd. The other teacher had been RIF'd as well, but they called her back. I work for a county program and a school district decided not to use the county program. The state gave them their funding. Myself and the other teacher are next on the list to go!

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What a nice place to vent! I just finished my first year teaching and I absolutely LOVED it... but I was only on a temporary contract for the 2010-2011 school year, I'm hoping that I get called back soon and also applying everywhere I can. It's just so frustrating, I feel so stuck in my life right now! Hate this California budget... emoticon

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Emily - good luck on the job search. I'm way too far down south to be of any help to you I'm afraid, but I'm not sure things are much better all over the US!

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So my district laid everyone off in March because the State of Michigan had proposed large cuts and had not passed them. The proper thing to do then was lay all teachers off since the administration did not know what cuts or where to cut at the time. The last day of school recall letters were sent out to all but 5 teachers. I did not get a recall letter so I am still on layoff. They are looking at some options to get back another teacher or two but who knows what will happen.

I have put in quite a few applications. If anyone knows of any openings in Southern Michigan or Northern Ohio please let me know! Thank you!!

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Lynn - strange that they RIF'd teachers and had openings?

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We lost all of our paraprofessionals, about 8 in all, plus 7 retired, and 2 teachers actually RIFd. Still, we had 3 teaching openings so hiring is still happening.

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I am not affected yet but I teach in a very small school district and we are at bare bones. However, if the state of IL passes mandatory consolidation who knows.

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My personal opinion is that they are advertising in hopes of finding people willing to work for less!

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It's interesting to look at many local jobs being offered in the paper and on Schoolspring this week. Many of these towns had layoffs for next year and yet they are advertising for new people? Makes you wonder why.

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Politicians should not be allowed to run education, in my opinion!

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Thanks to recent legislation in Florida, in addition to the lowest pay in the country, I now have to pay a percentage into my pension from my salary. We accepted the low pay rate in exchange for the state contributing to our pension ( the only decent benefit we had).
Let's add no tenure, 50% of evaluation is based on test scores!
Evaluators and observers all over the place constantly.
Too much pressure and stress. Teacher have become a scapegoat of the economic downturn.
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I'm ticked off at Florence Shapiro, the legislator who was most responsible for the recent legislation pushed through allowing districts to furlough staff. She was a teacher - guess she forgot what it's like to be in a classroom. I'd be glad to swap a week of my classroom with any legislator voting for budget cuts to education - even during the summer when I have all this time off. Oh, by the way, I've already had one day of staff development, two more are scheduled for next week and then I start teaching summer school. Not a lot of down time there!

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And now Rick Perry wants Texas to pray and fast. For once I agree with him. Y'all pray for a mighty tornado to sit down on a full legislative session like the Shikana Glory and suck them there twits off to Neverland.

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The other states may not be as vocal as TX, but underneath it all the politicians find education an easy mark to cut, certainly not their salaries or their benefits!

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I doubt most of the TX legislators would even know what "venial" means - is that something you eat, like vittles? LOL. I totally agree with you about TX being solvent until . . . instead of trying to do something positive for funding education in TX, which will help the kids, lets make 'em say the TX pledge of allegiance every day - and then let's add "under God" in the pledge. That will make 'em all patriotic and holy! And thus far, my job (yes, in TX) isn't in jeopardy.

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Can you believe Texas legislators are so venial as to call free public education "entitlement?"
It's mind-boggling, and I'm sorry if you are one, but Texas was solvent until the Republicans gained control of it. Those were the good ol' days when we all had jobs and a future.

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In my district it isn't as bad as it has been in the past. They are only laying off 22 teachers (last year was 100 and a few years before that it was 1/3 of our teaching force). I shouldn't be one of them b/c I was the 2nd or the 3rd to get called back last yearMost get recalled right before school starts when they realize that they do not have enough teachers to open school.

As a union, we took a pay freeze next school year so no steps or education movement on the pay scale. We did pass our renewal levy, which was very important. If not, there would have been a lot more layoff's to the teaching force.

Also, our district is very top heavy and those people make over 3xs what a beginning teacher makes. Really really sad. They never seem to cut there or their pay. The teaching staff always takes the hit when we are in a financial crisis, which seems to be every year.



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UGLY is a good word for all those places that put education last on their list, in my opinion!

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I kept my job but my small elementary school lost 8 teachers and all of our paraprofessionals including the two translators and the office staff. There are 28 teachers and 2 paras left for 550 kids. My TAKS scores were awesome but I'm really ready to hang it up after this next year and I've only been at this for 5.

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I am a first year teacher and I am one of the 20 in my district that got a RIF notice (we are a small district with only about 100 teachers). Fortunately, I knew it was coming. My position was funded through a grant and the money was only guranteed for a year. They are talking about closing two of the three elementary schools in the district (one is 10 miles from my school and the other is 30) to save money. They also are talking about contracting out our janitorial staff. Teachers are also being asked to take a 5% pay cut on top of the 2% cut from last year.

It is really ugly and sad to see so many good teachers applying other places.

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I've had the chance to step into an admin role, and turned it down. In our district (and this probably isn't different than most places), admin have even more risk of RIF than teachers, and I'm not really willing to take that risk. In addition, I have to say, our district does not really seem to support admin very much, and my own job is stressful enough.

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It is a rough road to try and figure out that admin job. At least you would have experience to put on your resume even if things don't work out?

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We are being affected for sure. Bigs cuts will hurt all of us... and now on top of that...

I am updating my resume. My supervisor has been named interim sped director so they have posted an interim for her job. I am not sure about it, but I guess I will interview so I can find out more about it. My supervisor has not given me any feeling one way or another as to if she would like me to be her go-to person... and I am not sure how to take that. If I listen to all the chatter about the office, the new position would have more hours (12 months and longer days) and more responsibilities... for not very much more pay. To make matters more challenging, I would be part of a rookie team of administrators replacing a very effective Team... big shoes to fill, so to speak. And to compound the problem, our district has made massive cutbacks in both staff and resources... which will absolutely make this job difficult. My fear is that if I am part of a new administrative team and our timelines and expectations fall short... we will be blamed for it rather than blaming budget cuts. When I begin to administrate, I want to be successful. So, I need to find out more about what would be expected of me and how they plan to support us without money. Time will tell...

Not liking the stress and self-doubt. Ate too much yesterday... but then when I charted, I found that even when I go overboard now... it is still so much healthier than before... and I swam and worked off some of the calories... so all is well... Quiet around here this hot and muggy week-end. With my son interning in California, he is not home on week-ends... and my daughter only comes home every 4 to 6 weeks. Miss them both, but so proud of their achievements...

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Our state is cutting into our pay next year by making us pay for 3% of our benefits. No pay raises or step increases. As for schools next year: no substitutes, possible 4 day work week or lay-offs (to be voted on in late June), no new hires with the retirements, and the list goes on.

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Politicians cut everything but their own pay is my experience.

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I already ranted some other day about politics. Budget cuts mean:
1.) I graded several big exams by hand this year for 150+ students, 6 classes, because neither admin.nor dept. could afford scantrons or repair of the machine. Have not done that for 15 yrs. We used to be a modern, technologically savy school.
2.) I take my lunch napkin from the brown bag lunch and carry it in pocket to dry hands in restroom. "They" don't buy paper towels for drying hands in the restrooms. We should use air dryers.
3.) My classroom clock quit and "they" won't buy batteries, so it has said 3:40 for several months. Have to draw the line somewhere. I already donate 40 hrs. per month of free tutoring.
4.) We will get a 3% pay cut next yr.
the list is endless....... if you'll work without a raise for 3 yrs., will you work with a pay cut...?will you work if we overload your classes? what if we require you to retest everything until kids pass? what if this requires overtime without pay?

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We are lucky in my district no one is losing their job. We have taken several pay freezes over the years and have had RIF multiple times. My thoughts and prayers are with those losing their jobs and looking for new ones.

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And yet the politicians are not only keeping their jobs but giving themselves a raise. Sad!!

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I am keeping my job fortunately but so many others I work with have received RIF notices and are not coming back next year, pending a miracle (still praying for that).

Budget cuts have devastated our program...I'm a magnet teacher. Our coordinator received a notice.

Our classrooms are no longer cleaned (only 3 times this year--twice swept and once mopped!) and the classrooms are filthy. I do my best to keep the floor swept and I clean and sanitize desks. It's exhausting though, in addition to all the other work we do as teachers.

The office staff is down to 1 person (we have 2000 students) so the office administrator usually cannot pick up the phone in the morning--not a good thing if you need to call for some reason. It's a mess.

I'm hoping things will get better. I'm so sad for those who are losing their jobs but am still hopeful things will turn around.

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Sorry to hear that, what are your plans?

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Yes...after15 years with my program, we are shutting down and I will be unemployed in June.

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All those looking for a job, wish I had a magic wand to wave and fix this mess. Best I can do is keep you in my thoughts & prayers. I went through all that back in the 70's so I truly empathize!

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Yes, I found at last week and received my notice this week. I have my fingers crossed that I will found another job.

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No, they don't WANT you to fail, but they do think you can be successful, even with the cuts. And, maybe you can - I know that you will try to.

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I am keeping my fingers crossed for you in finding employment closer to home. That is an awful commute! You may want to plan little baggies of appropriate snacks to have with you?

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Due to changing districts, I'm low person on the totem pole. Fortunately, I teach Physics/Chemistry, so, realistically, I should be employed SOMEWHERE. Unfortunately, I've had to travel for the last 2 years - 2009-2010 - over 100 miles away from home, and this year, about 55 minutes of travel.

All of which contributed to my weight gain.

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I hear the pain you all are discussing. I think, like some older teachers like myself, retirement is not in the cards like it should be. Many of us are holding onto jobs that in a good economy we might retire. Not that we wouldn't like to, just can't afford to at this point in time.

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I was at a teacher workshop this saturday and we got talking while working on our projects about the teaching issue these days. I was actually told to just give up on education and work on my backup plans (NOT in a mean way, just very blunt) because there's nothing good left for teachers anymore. Whoa.

When it comes down to it, i kinda am working on that backup plan--been certified since dec 2008 and i'm back in grad school now--for history and for a new program I'm trying to sign up for called Digital Media Studies. I wanna be a filmmaker (documentaries, comedies, docucomedies--if there is such a thing, hee hee), and if I can't teach in the classroom, i'm gonna find a way to teach! I just love learning and helping others learn, and that's really the only plan i've had in my life...i dunno what else I'd want to do, but maybe filmmaker's in the cards for me. I can't wait to get into the program, i need to get prerequisites or background experience sorted out first, but i wanna do it.

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Our district shortfall for next year is $16mil in increased costs and $20mil in funding cuts from the state. $36 million dollars SHORT. It blows me away. We are by far the largest district in our state (and 35th in the country). It's going to be very interesting to see how it all works out.

For those struggling to get jobs.... I would suggest considering doing a dual licensure in special ed. Federal mandates and funding tend to make it a little bit more secure than regular ed. We still have 22 openings in special ed for THIS school year.

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To the poster in IL: I am SO sorry and feel your pain. I earned my first teaching cert in 2008, and have added three others since then. Still only able to find work as a TA. It's sad but I'm now thinking outside the box and finding ways to put my education to use in some way. Not going to pay the bills very well but I'll be teaching art lessons after school in the coming school year.

Our school just cut a third of its teaching staff so subbing will be hard to find in the coming year, too. I'm looking into online tutoring companies. How about post-secondary education? I'm not sure what your certification is but is there any way you could teach something like that? I work as an adjunct instructor at our local community college.

Good luck and know that you're not alone!

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I'm a teaching assistant (with four NYS teaching certs...) and I was cut again this year with no hopes of being brought back any time soon (I was brought back with grant money for this year). Our district just lost a THIRD of it's teaching staff. We have a small rural K-12 school in NYS. Our district has had to cut all non-mandated classes which means bare bones: including no art or music for elementary. My children go to this school and I'm art certified, so it makes me sick to think that these kids are missing quality art education. But the absolute saddest part is losing chorus and band. Our school was extremely talented in music and we've now lost that.

The nice thing about this whole situation is the learning experience for the students. They are all rallying and coming together to find ways to raise money. They're contacting politicians, athletes, Oprah, news companies...anything to find way to get publicity and possibly find donations. We lost 1.2 million in aid. Next year will be worse.

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It is sad how these politicians cut everything but themselves. I am sorry to hear your problems. Wish I had a magic wand!

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I graduated in May 2009 with a Masters degree in Teaching. Prior to that, I had subbed for 5 years. I thought I had an easy "in" for a permanent teaching job since I knew the principals and had a good reputation. I graduated with a 4.0 GPA and excellent references, but have STILL not been able to get a job. What's worse, the sub work has dried up, as all the teachers that have been laid off are chosen first to sub for their districts and districts are cutting way back on the number of subs they request. Every district in my area has been laying off teachers, aides, reading specialistis and differentiation specialists. I had to laugh when I read online last night that IL is one of the "top 10 states for teachers". One principal told me there were 800 applicants for one job posting! She didn't even look at anyone who wasn't bilingual. In less than a month my children and I will most likely be homeless. I will also have $46,000 in student loans that can't be declared in bankruptcy. Yes, you could say cuts in education have affected me!

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Teachers coming up are definitely in for some hard times in certain areas. Until the economy improves, we probably won't see too much happening in the field of education. Personally, I try to discourage young people from going into education anymore. Not the career it used to be, in my opinion.

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I'm graduating this May with my Language Arts 7-12 degree. I have two interviews coming up, one in OH and one in KY. I also had 6 interviews at the NOTED job fair. I'm just trying to stay positive because all I need is one! I already know a few teachers who are retiring this year because they're 30+ and want to get out before all the Senate Bill 5 stuff in Ohio so we'll see what happens!

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My daughter is one. She will be graduating next year as a teacher. My heart really goes out to her because it does not look good at all right now.

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In early Feb we were told no cuts in staff, but that was before our govenor went union hunting. Now everything is up in the air. As far as I know I will have my whole grade level team (special teacher, aides, & myself).

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Title I isn't projected to have any cuts for teachers or parapros.

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we won't see any positive changes til a tried-and-true teacher gets into legislation.

The problem is, the good tried-and-true teachers are where they're supposed to be--IN THE CLASSROOM!

On the other hand, maybe some of the tried-and-true teachers that're laid off now will run for office and become legislators, thereby saving the rest of us. and when their work is done, they'll quit legislating and go back to teaching

Okay, maybe i'm pie in the sky, but its a nice thought. Just like the washington tone won't change til you get a middle-class person in the president's chair instead of a big wig richie rich or party-worshipper. it sucks.

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These politicians in the next year or two will say I don't know how our educational system got into this mess. Hypocrites!

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Things don't look good here in Pennsylvania either. "The fat man in Harrisburg" (that we reference when discussing the PSSA) is cutting 1 billion of public school funds.
They'll be cutting programs that we need for students (like full day kindergarten), raising class sizes, furloughing teachers, and basically forcing schools to slide backwards. Our state assessment scores have been rising, but that's not going to continue if we are forced to cut teachers and programs. No one really knows for sure what's going to happen, but it sounds like we'll be losing a 4th and 5th grade teacher in my building, which puts 30 kids in my class next year and over 30 in my daughter's class, which really needs to be split into 4 with all the issues that group has. It just makes me sick thinking about it....

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We had a 3 year salary freeze last year. Plus employees on a single health plan now pay a portion of our health care. Before we didn't, because the family plan costs the district more than a single plan. Plus we had cuts. We have 1 librarian for the entire district; the rest are aides. We lost instructional assistants. We now share special area teachers among our schools for art, music and PE. Our course we lost several teachers, not including all those who retired and were not replaced.

It is so frustrating. Higher standards each year with NCLB, but fewer resources. They WANT us to fail.

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I had heard that Ohio got hit pretty hard.

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They just laid off 835 teachers in my district. Thank God I was not one of them, however they are not finished yet from what I hear. They raised our health insurance last year and I hear that it is about to go up again. I just do not know. A few of my friends were in this batch and I do not know how they are going to survive. The good thing is that it goes up to the end of June so they can start trying to get something from now but work is so hard to come by. It is just so sad .

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I am fortunate that I don't think our program (developmental special education) will lose any of our staff next year but I'm not sure what our budget will be. That is why we tend to hoard materials (thank goodness we have storage) since we never know what will be available to us from year to year. We've heard of other special education programs in our district who will not be getting any additional staff regardless of how many students they have.

I agree that it is absurd that education is so talked-about but then one of the first programs to receive cuts.I love what I do and am good at it. I am a professional but it is hard sometimes to always be blasted from people who have no idea what it is like to be in a classroom today.

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Seems unbelievable to me that education is always the first to be cut, talk about being penny wise and pound/dollar foolish!!

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I teach a self-contained autism specific program. My numbers are a little bit low this year, so I've just been transferred to cover the Emotionally Disturbed program for the rest of the school year (and my students moved to the other emerging communicator autism room).

I've had a pinched nerve in my neck for the last 9 days - ever since the principal told me.
4 trips to the chiropracter (at $35 copay each) and I'm still not settled. Over a week of very little sleep is definitely not helping with my coping skills either.

My numbers will be better next year, and I've been promised to return to my autism room in the fall.

Our school has also lost 1.5 regular ed teaching positions, and our assistant principal can no longer be funded through discretionary money, so we're losing her. Also a 40% budget cut to the school, pending more cuts over the summer.

Makes you proud to be in such a respected profession, doesn't it?

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Education budgets are getting cut everywhere. How is this affecting you, your job, your health?

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