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7/21/11 7:18 P

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Here in California, it is awful. Friends with 17 years experience and 15 years in the same district cannot get their jobs back.

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7/20/11 2:00 P

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My district was fortunate and did not have to do any lay offs of teachers. There were some paraprofessionals that had to be reassigned to other jobs. We are working with an almost non-existent budget and understaffed.

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Well, where I am, I have a friend that holds a PhD & 25 years of teaching both public & private and she is bilingual. She is new to the state and she has not been able to find a job in over a year's time even though she made sure to also get licensed for this state.

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Reading all of these posts is saddening. The education system is a mess.

I'm currently living in Connecticut, and I just finished up two years in a position where I was not considered a certified staff member. My position was providing Tier II and III Reading Interventions through SRBI (Connecticut's acronym for RtI). There had been a lot of discussion about trying to make my position a certified position within the district, but unfortunately the money was just not there. They couldn't justify creating a new certified position when they were trying to avoid cutting teachers and specialists. Its funny, because this district was one of the wealthiest towns in Connecticut, but all of their money comes from property taxes, so relatively speaking, there is no money. This district spends significantly less per pupil than cities such as Hartford, New Haven, and Waterbury.

I ended up leaving the district because I did not want to be moved to a tutor status, where I'd be paid hourly with no benefits. On the last day of school, which was Tuesday, the principal told me to call her in a few weeks if I didn't find a job, so I could be hired as a tutor in the district. It was really hard trying to explain to my students, and some staff members, why I wouldn't be coming back in the fall.

Luckily, on Wednesday, I was contacted for an interview in another district; the position was opened due to a retirement. I had the interview yesterday morning, and I was offered the position yesterday afternoon. I'm currently waiting for Central Office to call me back to schedule my "formal interview", which kicks off the hiring process. I'll sit before a panel of up to 8 people, including the superintendent, assistant superintendent, and members of the Board of Ed, and the principal who is making the recommendation for me to be hired within his building. Its all happening really quickly.

What sucks, is that I am getting this position based on who my mother is. My mother has been in this district for years and is a type of person who is friends with everyone. One of her good friends/former teaching partners is in a hiring position in the school where I'll be hired, and she was able to get me the interview. I am getting hired through contacts. My friends are having a hard time being supportive, as they're all in a similar situation. We're competing in a very tight pool, and I beat out three of them for this position because I personally knew three people on the panel.

Its also interesting, listening to my mom and her friends talk, and also my former colleagues in the district I just left. They are very reminiscent about how teaching used to be fun, but now there is so much stress about losing positions and resources due to tighter budget situations.

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In VA it is larger classrooms (30 for 3rd grade) and no raises for the past 3 years. The only blessing is that we haven't started loosing jobs - yet.

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The teachers union at my school meets tomorrow to decided whether or not to go with a cheaper insurance plan. This could bring my job back! I am praying they make the best decision!! I am not a union member so I won't be attending to find out what they decide. I will just have to wait I guess.

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I'm grateful that in Miami-Dade County, cuts are being made to administrators' salaries. Our benefits remain the same. To the north of us, in Broward County, they are cutting thousands of teachers' jobs.

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That's probably one of the dumbest ideas I've ever heard. How sad for the teachers and how unfortunate for the students. I'm surprised parents don't realize what a bad idea this is.


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In Idaho, they are replacing teachers with laptop computers for every student, and required online classes. They want to fire 712 teachers to buy the computers. The legislature took away our collective bargaining rights. Tax payer education funds will go to private online education companies and to technology.

Every teacher I know is totally demoralized.

I foresee the destruction of public schools.

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Fortunately, our small district hasn't cut anyone due to people retiring. However the day is coming. (And 2 schools in our district have positions open, due to retirement and transfers.)

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I'm in SoCal, graduated with a Master's 3 years ago, and have been in a different job every year since. My first year out, I did a long term sub assignment in 3rd grade, followed the next year with a 6th grade science job, and most recently taught 10th grade science. Next year, I will be teaching 7th/8th grade science. If I didn't get both my K12 credential and science credential, I would be subbing right now. Even for these jobs, I've had to move all over the state, taking what I can. The stress has been through the roof and I've gained 15 lbs at least from it all. Education is such a nightmare right now!

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Like Bender, I am at ground zero in Wisconsin. It's been my worst year in my career but not because of our kids. I have taken such poor care of myself. Each day has been a challenge. Our district is the largest and poorest in Wisconsin and the cuts are decimating. I am not even thinking of the salary/pension/insurance cuts. Our governor did not even complete college...one of my favorite signs at our massive protests in February was "100% of Wisconsin teachers have more education than Scott Walker." And this guy is writing education policy!

I'm sorry but not surprised to read what the rest of you are enduring. I only survived this year because of the support of students and their wonderful parents. SO many reached out to me. Also our staff is more united and motivated to fight for our kids than ever.

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Things got better this year for our district, but I think that's because there was nothing left to cut after the last 2 years. I am in a special education cooperative. Two years ago we cut 15% of or staff (22 Program Assistants, 5 teachers, 4 social workers, and 4 administrators). Last year another 7% of staff (10 Program Assistants, 3 teachers, 2 administrators). This year we cut 2 teachers, 2 program assistants, and one administrator, mainly because numbers decreased. It's been hard, and we especially see the reduction of program assistants impacting the classrooms the most. There are more kids in each class with less adult support, so it has been a transition getting used to it. Illinois owes my district another 2 million dollars this year that we don't plan on seeing. We've made huge cuts in our budgets too.

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My position was eliminated:-( I am a teacher-librarian. Next year I'll be in the classroom teaching some level of English. I was not looking to change careers again at this point in my life. Our district is cutting 13 million. Lots of lost jobs, but few, if any, administrative positions!

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I am happy your teaching job is safe! I am from Ann Arbor.

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I am at a charter school in the metro Detroit area. We are actually expanding, in large part because of Detroit Public School closures, but things don't look very good elsewhere.

The state has proposed around $470 per student in cuts, and last I heard, Detroit gave layoff notices to all teachers. Another city around here forced teachers to take a pay cut in I think February, which was retroactive to December, so I guess they had to pay back the school district. I'm not sure how it worked.

I am lucky to be where I am and have a fair amount of job safety for next year, and I feel for those of you who are struggling. Why is it that they attack the teachers, and the firefighters, and other public workers, after bailing out big business? Anyway, good luck and I hope that things work out where you are!

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Things aren't so good in AZ either. And to make a tough situation even tougher, last year our legislature did away with teacher tenure, so that "insurance" in times of RIF went away, too.

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Our school has undergone major cuts. 12 teachers received notices that they will not be hired back next year (RIF). I was afraid of getting one. Fortunately, didn't get one. God is good!

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Just received this link and thought I would share. It seems appropriate.
www.youtube.com/watch?v=ggNXiHbodRg

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The paying for our insurance idea is being tossed around here too. That, on top of no raises for 2 years....so far.


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Our wonderful media specialist was just displaced, even though there are 8 - 10 "deans" at our school that don't do any actual teaching either (or as far as I can tell, much of anything besides run around in golf carts with walkie talkies). Grrrr!
So far no actual layoffs but they are discussing them and our pay has been frozen for 3 of the last 4 years. I want to change schools but even as a science teacher i'm a little nervous that I could end up being displaced later on if I move.
Oh, yeah and our insane new governor wants us to start paying 10% of our salary to subsidize our health insurance but of course that's not considered a pay cut.....Hopefully that will not pass.

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Not good in western Mass. In our district, if we are lucky there will be no lay-offs... but they are not rehiring for anyone who is retiring. We have a principal's job opening and have over 25 applications... sigh.

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Our district isn't even holding a job fair this year - as a cost-saving measure. And we're one of the better districts around!

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there's a teacher job fair at my college campus tomorrow, but i'm not gonna go. I looked last week (and will look again in a couple of minutes) at all the school districts in my driving radius (and even a few beyond). I haven't seen a job posting for a high school social studies teacher since Last April! I'm not going because so many of them in the smaller districts probably know me by name right now...i have a feeling they'd be going "hey, isn't this like the 7th time we've seen her?" not very inspiring...and then they advertise "we need for all positions", despite the budget being shredded right and left across the state (and when they say all, generally it doesn't include social studies anyway, never has at any job fair i've been to--grr...)

not going, no point. that'll be a great waste of gas money and self-esteem.

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I teach in a small district in Houston and not much has been said about what is going to happen. I've heard that the best place to be is in the classroom. That other positions will go first... I got a contract already, but our district has included that it can be broken at any time if funds are not available.

The calm before the storm...

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I'm in Edgewood. We are supposed to be finding out this week about who is being RIF'ed.

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Our insurance goes up 9.5% which will offset the very tiny year raise I get-in the event I have a job. The superintendent is holding the RIF list until April 12, which since it is unlikely to change, is cruel, I think! The waiting is literally making some of us sick.

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Rural district in Colorado - pretty much we're in the same boat as the rest of you. We have a small staff anyway. Looking at cutting aides and specials next year, as well as combining responsibilities and cutting core teachers. Our pay was frozen last year, and looks like it will be again, and although we don't have concrete numbers yet we are sure to have at least a 12% increase in insurance. That would be a best case scenario estimate, more likely it will be over 20% again.

I'd say I chose the wrong profession, but the grass doesn't look greener anywhere else right now.

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RIF is a nice way of saying "lay offs". It's used a lot in the business world. That way businesses can say that they are not laying off employees.

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RIF is reduction in force, which in our case means decreasing specials, including music.

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uh, what's RIF?

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Flutterbelee, where are you? I'm in Crockett and we are in the same shape. We have a great superintendent but he isn't pulling any punches about cuts. I'm about half-way down the RIF list and I'm plenty worried.

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RIF was announced this week in my small rural district. More and more responsibility is falling to the core teachers in the middle school, including remediation in areas we are not certified to teach. State standards are driving curriculum and responsibility for meeting them is falling to those who are not educated in how to meet them. Once again, HOW is this good for the students?

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I am in Minnesota. Our district implemented a two year pay freeze (including lane changes) and this was followed with a two year freeze by the state. This has been paired with a 32% increase in insurance. And, it seems like, no matter how much tenure you think you have, you still have to worry about your position every year. This time of year is particularly difficult. Hang in there everyone! Sounds a little rough everywhere.

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I work in a small rural school district in East Texas. They are going ahead and cutting positions regardless of any help. They are using it as a way to weed out people.

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the district I'm in right now can't cut back any further, it's a small rural district and we are at the minimum for teachers. However MO has a bill going through the house that would eliminate tenure and while this creates an option of removing tenured teachers who are not good teachers and allowing newer good teachers to stay it will also allow districts the option of cutting teachers that are the highest paid and bringing in new teachers to cut their money output. Not sure what's going to happen.

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AZ--pretty scary times. I work in a solid district that is still growing, and that has always been conservative with money. We are running scared. I know of some schools that are teaching multiple sections of classes in the auditorium at the same time (just one teacher). Can't imagine having 90 kids in a high school class!

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50 - 50 whether I have a job next year in Syracuse. The district is set to cut over 400 positions.

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So much uncertainty. Stay encouraged. emoticon

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I work in Dallas but am in a different district - thank goodness! I think the idea was to buy-out as many teachers as possible so they didn't have to have as many lay-offs. Dallas ISD was paying $10,000 for teacher buy-outs - a great deal if you are pretty sure you will be getting a pink slip (I heard other districts were also having a buy-out but only offering $1,000). The problem is they only have so much money for this program and after the first day, they were almost half-way through the money.

I still can't figure out how this hit so many districts so quickly. How could no one see this coming? As I said, I am fortunate that my district has a pay freeze and a semi-hiring freeze (the superintendent has to approve any new hires - teachers, administrators, cafeteria, etc.) but I am pretty sure I will have a job next year.

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I'm curious what the heck's happening up the road in Dallas, TX, with the teachers. I saw a blurb on the news yesterday about some buy-out program for teachers, i guess to prevent their getting laid off with no severance or something--dunno.

anybody know more about this? i'm totally lost when it comes to this unemployment stuff (i have to actually get employed first i think to get it).

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I have considered leaving my urban school district, but several of the suburban districts are going to lay off this year. It is scary everywhere. I have even considered leaving teach all together, but I love teaching too much.

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Seeing all these posts is pretty dis-heartening. I graduated from college in upstate New York in May 2009. I was unable to get a teaching job in New York, so I ended up moving back home to Connecticut, where I was at least able to get a full-time internship that paid for 18 credits of a Master's degree. I spent last year moving my New York certifications (regular ed and special ed) over to Connecticut, and then in the Spring of 2010, I started the job hunt all over again. I applied for over 45 positions; I did not get a single interview. I ended up taking a second year for my internship, so my Master's Degree has been completely paid for, along with additional credits. Spring is now approaching, so I'm getting all my stuff together to start applying again- only this time I'll be applying within Connecticut and New York. Hopefully something will come up, but with all the budget troubles, it is not looking too good. One district near me has recently announced they need to get rid of at least 17 teachers.

As a country, we rely on the future generations; politicians proclaim that education is the most important issue and the greatest gift we can give to all children. How can children be educated, if districts can't afford educators?

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Things are tight in our distict as well. We are the poorest district in the poorest county in the state, according to census. They are not planning on replacing anyone who leaves or retires this year. The rest of us just get more added to our plates. I don't like my financial situation, but it really bothers me that children who are already suffering from lack of resources will have even more taken away from them. Doesn't anyone in government care what this is doing to the children?

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I'm in Ohio and basically in the same position as WI. Teachers, firefighters, police and state employees are under attack. If this bill passes I will not be able to afford my mortgage or pay off any of the home improvements that I have done (I am single). The sad thing is is that there is a very good chance that this is going to pass. The worst part is is that our governor ran on breaking unions and I know that 40% of the teachers in the state voted for him!! What did they think was going to happen?!?! I'm honestly thinking about finding another job in another state. I don't know how teaching positions are in PA but I think I may start looking...

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I think this issue with the unions isn't going to go away. Teachers unions are seriously under attack. I mean, has anyone seen Waiting for Superman? It's an educational documentary from the same guy who did An Inconvenient Truth, and it's absolutely crazy to see how much it demonizes teacher's unions. And it does point out some real problems, but it doesn't really suggest any solutions that make any sense or adequately address the ramifications of the solutions it insinuates. Yes, insinuates. Think about who made the movie for a minute.

I don't think we can fight the marginalization of the schoolteacher until we understand the viewpoint of those who want to take rights away from them. If you guys can, I really suggest you watch this documentary. It just came out on Netflix last week, and I just sent my disc back in. The better we see these arguments presented the better we can counter them.

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I am in NC and it is bad here too - our county has tried not to let anyone go but the positions for anyone who retires or leaves is basically not filled. We aren't allowed to hire substitute teachers (3 yrs now) unless you are EC teacher or Pre-k... still not sure how this is legal. funny thing is if you have to take a personal day they deduct 50ish bucks from your pay to cover the cost of the sub! I have heard rumors of pay cuts and health insurance coverage rising again this year. We haven't had a raise or step in pay in 2 or 3 years now either.
I think that they need to do away with some of the people who aren't doing their jobs first. We have some at the central office level as well as some administrators who just don't do a thing - why should we pay them big bucks! I know all to well how much it sucks to have to fill in for the people who can't or won't do.

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Amen to that. Of course if teachers were running things education might be conducted in a manner that made sense and we can't have that!

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Too bad they don't let the teachers run the states! We seem to understand how detrimental it is to make major cuts in education but the politicians don't seem to get it!

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Here in Northern California it's pretty slim pickings. I've been a sub for 3 years now and even that is slim. They laid off at least 50 teachers last year who are now subs and they had laid off about 30 the year before. Even if you do manage to get a job you know you will get a pink slip. Some people have gone through this cycle for 5 years or so. I don't know how anyone expects us to have a successful and well educated society if they get rid of the educators. Without teachers how will children learn not only scholastic material but social behavior, manners, courteousness, etc?

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I teach at a charter school. Our salaries were frozen this year and probably will be again for next year. CO is proposing a 325 million dollar cut to education. If it goes through, there are some districts that will be closing more schools and increasing class sizes to 30-40 students. Many have already lost jobs and it isn't looking any better. The district that my charter school is in is making major cuts, but luckily we have some money saved to help us make it for another year or two with the cuts. After that, who knows. We have a newly formed financial committee that is looking for places where we can make some cuts at our school without cutting jobs. It is a scary time for teachers, a job most of us thought would always be there.

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Bender, I'm watching the news from WI very carefully, as they're trying to do the same thing here in IN. I'd like to know how that is in the best interest of the kids. Seems to me we're dealing with a bunch of businessmen/women who think we're manufacturing widgets rather than molding the minds of the next generation.

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Bender, I saw that on the news--and similar things are happening elsewhere. Are you guys going to go all Egypt on us? ^^*

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In WI our govenor is proposing a bill (has the votes to pass it) that basically takes away ALL collective bargaining rights for public workers (not just teachers).

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It's pretty bad in IL too. :(

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lousy--then again, i'm a social studies high school teacher--unless i'm a boy's sports coach, they won't look at me right now (no girls sports positions opening up--don't wanna coach, but more than willing to learn and try it at least)

its worse here in Texas for higher education. state proposed a 40% cut in funding (i think that's what it was) which would take away the TexShare database among others for subject specific and scholarly journals and a great deal of information for every major we have. Great time to try to write a thesis paper or get in touch with authors for information, i guess (grr...) we've got petitions flying around my college campus right now and they're voting on this thing mid march. sheesh, and we keep telling people that education is important--our legislators sure as hell don't think so!

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In Iowa, we're looking at a 2-year spending freeze in the per-pupil spending by the state. That will NOT mean good things for the job outlook! No one has lowered the expectations though. We'll do what we always do..,. more with less! emoticon

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It's bad in North Carolina also. I'm a Teacher Assistant and they are cutting assistants to the bare minimum. My district is trying to place us elsewhere but who knows.

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I thing the job market in Texas depends on where you are. Dallas ISD is looking to lay off almost 1/4 of their employees, including teachers. And Irving ISD (a suburb of Dallas) has said that all first year teachers will not have their contracts renewed.

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i'm in California and i haven't been able to find a classroom in large part due to being considered a "new teacher" since i don't have any contractual experience. i grew up here, moved to Arizona and when i graduated and couldn't find a classroom, so i moved back home in 2008. a month later the districts started handing out pink slips like Halloween candy at the mall. so many experienced teachers in the market, all the job descriptions ask for 3+ years experience. i'm subbing now and even that took me a year of searching and repeatedly calling districts to find out when pools had openings.

i'm hoping to move back to Arizona but they were hit pretty hard, too. i don't see a lot of vacancies posted in many of the districts there either.

my brother & his family live in Poteet, Texas outside of San Antonio... they keep telling me that Texas is hurting for teachers so much so that they have billboards advertising the need. is that true? or is that maybe just in his area?

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Ahhh, GINGERBRD, you are in Texas! And what is so bad about our gubner is that he's been elected again and again and again! I too think he should be able to find cheaper digs - or better yet, he could get a triple-wide (or quadruple-wide since everything is bigger in Texas) like the gubner of Ar Kansas did when their mansion was being renovated!

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My district combined librarians and technology with a new job description. Anyone with teaching experience can apply for the new position, no librarian certification is required. Each person will have 2 campuses and will take care of technology (labs, classrooms, staff development) and the library. We all have to re-apply for one of the new positions. If I don't get one, I can either retire or go back to the classroom, if there is an opening. Either way, I have to get a second job. My pay will be cut 21%. They are also cutting back on Gifted Education, Immersion teachers, and "general" positions. It is very disheartening. I have been in my position for 15 years. I am afraid that my age and years of service are going to be a limiting factor. When the district is losing up to $29 million, they have to do something. We all just wish that they would go with a 5% paycut across the board. Of course, if the governor would move out of his $10,000/month home (paid for by the taxpayers since some fool set fire to the historical governor's mansion) that money could go toward education! I go from super angry to depressed to crying. This is not good for my stress levels.

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MIchigan's job situation is such a complicated wreck that I can't even try to explain it. Custodians are getting cut, teachers are getting bought out, and yet very few jobs are cropping up for poor saps like me.

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Things are difficult here in Massachusetts. We have made cutbacks without cutting staff up until now. This year they are giving notice to 60 teachers. They will probably lay off between 16 and 60. It will be devastating... emoticon

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The superintendent for our district is a notorious penny-pincher but the problem this year is a 2 million dollar drop in property tax with no incoming pennies to pinch plus the state money that won't come in. He's talking 60 jobs in a district that only employs 250-300 people. In the district where I live, it's even worse-87 jobs out of about 450. There will be so many kids jammed into a room that the teachers who keep their jobs this year will bail out before next year.

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I work for a small school district who is very good with their money. We have not had to cut any positions like other school districts have over the past few years. Unfortunately, they are talking about 1billion dollar or more short fall in our state budget which means more cuts to education. Our district has met with all the schools and is going to work hard at not laying anyone off but if things don't change I think we are going to loose some positions this year. There is also talk that the state is going to stop paying teachers national board pay as well as master pay. This stinks for me since I just finished my masters in August. However, I will be happy to loose Masters and even a pay cut (couldn't even tell you the last time I have had a pay raise) if it means I and the rest of us get to keep our jobs.

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in my district, we have had furlough days (extra days off with out pay) for the past two years which is better than a pay cut (yes it cuts our pay but the retirement system records the full pay scale), no raises, more students in class rooms. Our superintendent tried very hard to not lose any teachers, but we lost most paraprofessionals. I think the next few years will be harder.

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I'm also in a School district north of Dallas. My job is pretty safe but our budget will be cut too. Our community supports our schools to the point that the line between city government and ISD is very fine. Our parents have extremely high standards and are willing to pay for it.
I'm very lucky. On the flip side, teachers who fall short are sent packing in a hurry.

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It amazes me that many of the politicians tout education as the number one priority but when there is a budget shortfall, that is the first thing that gets cut. I am fortunate to be in a decent school district in Dallas (not Dallas ISD) so I don't think my job will be cut. However, we are also facing a pay freeze and the superintendent has been soliciting ways for the district to make cuts for next year. It wouldn't surprise me for there to be a hiring freeze also.

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Our new governor isn't giving us a thing either. He had plenty to say about what schools need to do, but isn't giving anything to help the situation. I love what I do, but I spend a lot of time (as we all do) outside of school and am expected to do more with less every year. emoticon


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Even being here forever isn't going to make a difference if current bills are passed in Indiana. Our governor is a businessman and sees education as a business. He and his cronies are pushing to eliminate collective bargaining rights and protections teachers have now. It's crazy.

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I just picked up some tutoring because we're looking at a 3% paycut. We haven't had a raise in 2 yrs. and are frozen on the pay scale. I'll probably teach summer school for some extra $ although I could use a break!


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I guess the hardest things are knowing I'm a stick figure to the administration, trying to stay motivated myself and not let any of the uncertainly spill over to the kids, and not being able to make long-range plans for either my personal or professional life.

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It's bad in Ohio too :(

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Sad to say it is happening everywhere since state budgets are going through a major shortfall.

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In my district, in Iowa, we will most likely have to cut positions. Thank goodness I've been here forever!


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No, unfortunately Texas is not the only place this is happening.

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Stress is about the number one contributor to my overeating and right now I expect to get RIFed any time. Is Texas the only place where this is happening?
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