Adios, Auf Wiedersehen, Adieu DISD!

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so-long-farewellWell, this is it. Like so many others, I am leaving DISD. Pleasant journeys ahead and great adventures to all who are taking the leap too. We are like Popeye, having all we can stands, we can’t stands no more. We are not quitting DISD, we are leaving Miles. We are not giving up on the students, we are giving up on any chance reasonable people will EVER run this place. We aren’t afraid, we are tired of BEING afraid of “1.5″ spot obs, even though we have been a teacher of the year, or being insulted, over and over, by Miles every time he speaks in public. We will miss our colleagues–but we aren’t dying, we are just moving north, east and some, to the south. Some are going to private schools, and some back into the private sector. We are going to places that value teachers, show respect and give them adequate supplies and support. No place is perfect, but no place is worse than this place.

A final gesture from all who are leaving? Sign up to speak at the next Board meeting. Let them see you, hear you. Tell them how many years we have taught, awards we have won and what will be lost…. If we can get 15 or so to speak in June, and 15 more in August—come on, make them see the loss. The only way to make people see the damage that has been done is to MAKE them see it.

Instructions on how to sign up to speak at Dallas ISD Board meetings can be found in the sidebar. The next Board meeting is June 27. There are no meetings in July.

If you are leaving the district, send the trustees an email. Their email addresses are also in the sidebar.  Tell them why you are leaving and what would have convinced you to stay. Tell them what skills and experience you will be taking with you. As always, keep it civil.

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MasterTeacher
MasterTeacher

I am a master teacher with passing scores that consistently surpass DISD average. I also planned on leaving, but decided to extend my stay one more year, since I hope to see MM be gone soon. I am upset at the fact that couple of also Master fellow teachers friends ( 100%passing consistently every year) could not take the bullets and left for other prime districts. Yes!! DISD is losing its best and brightest under MM poor leadership.

MasterTeacher
MasterTeacher

I am a master teacher with passing sores that consistently surpass DISD average. I also planned on leaving, but decided to extend my stay one more year, since I hope to see MM be gone soon. I am upset at the fact that couple of also Master fellow teachers friends ( 100%passing consistently every year) could not take the bullets and left to other prime districts. Yes!! DISD is losing their best and brightest under MM poor leadership.

DISDgusted
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This was my third year. I came in through DISD AC, worked in a feeder pattern I liked, got a chance to develop a program and teach something that excited me. I mostly followed the same group of kids for three years and was slated to have most of them for a fourth. And I left, too. 

I feel bad for a few reasons. I feel like I gave up, and that I became one of those high turnover, easy-in/easy-out TFA teachers that everyone loves to hate. I feel like I didn't see the program through (it'll continue without me, I know, in some form or another). I really feel like my leaving after three years made it look like, to some colleagues, that I didn't really respect the professional or understand what kind of commitment goes into it. 

Why did I leave? The kids had hardly anything to do with it, even though I could get annoyed and frustrated at times. But, I'm tired of trying to do what I think is good and running into a wall at every turn. I hate the bureaucratic mess that you have to go through to get basic supplies (no kidding, I had to spend $300 on a MAJOR classroom item, not miscellaneous supplies. I was reimbursed, but it highlights the issue). 

I'm tired of people that are paid 50% more than me (with fewer credentials) not understanding how to support teachers, but instead want to control them. I hate the BLOATED salaries of my immediate supervisors (principals and EDs) while I am asked to spend my own money for students, pay ever-increasing healthcare premiums, and have my salary held at the same rate for three years.

I hate how the kids are paraded out for federal/corporate money, but nothing of value is given to them (looking at you CATE/NAF/whatever). Example of this: I was forced to go to a ridiculous awards ceremony downtown hosted by Dallas Academy Foundation. A bunch of GROWN MEN AND WOMAN dressed in silly evening wear, took pictures in front of a homecoming-esque backdrop (complete with balloons) and ate a catered dinner.

Kids were up for less than three minutes. Rest of the evening? Adults giving themselves meaningless awards.

This district is embarrassing. The entire education "industry" is becoming embarrassing.  I don't know how it happened, but if you want to get rich quick, education is the place to be if you play the game right.

I'm so sick of seeing men and women using children to justify their self-aggrandizement. 


GoneWithTheWind2
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@DISDisgusted @Spineless Administration

You two need to band together and form, (recruiting other exiting teachers) a group of professionals who were formerly DISD, and demoralized, abused, and mistreated;  yet,  managed to escape with your educator heart intact!

Persona non grata
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Several years ago I attended a TAKS celebration for principals in a ballroom of a huge hotel. Full menu with wait staff. Lavish prizes were handed out to principals for their success. NONE of them, including those presiding, mentioned teachers' contributions.

Persona non grata
Persona non grata

So teachers are the problem in Dallas and MRS. DOLLO is the fix, eh?

Compare and contrast the policies and opinions of our ignominious Dallas "leaders" to the following excerpts.

No, CHARTERS are indeed the answer in Dallas for the profiteers who will skim the brightest and best for their money making enterprises while increasing the percentage of children in poverty in public schools. The fix is in!

"So the connection, which exists in most countries, is clear. But somehow the implications haven't been, and now that school is again upon us, it's worth thinking this through. If American kids who aren't poor are doing so well, maybe our problem isn't bad teachers or inadequate school spending or indifferent parents or screen-besotted children. Maybe the problem is simply poverty -- and the shameful fact that we have so much more of it than any comparable country."

http://www.newsday.com/opinion/columnists/daniel-akst/akst-poverty-not-bad-teachers-is-what-plagues-our-schools-1.3925727

"Schools have never been structured to provide the social services that poor families in particular need (social work, health clinics, nutrition assistance, etc.). With even more families facing insurmountable economic challenges than in decades past, more pressure is put on schools to achieve the impossible: end poverty. “Closing the achievement gap” has become a code phrase for “closing the wealth gap.”"

http://www.bostonglobe.com/opinion/letters/2013/04/13/schools-alone-can-cure-broad-social-ills/BAcoV9JbIfAUq7TqJiKFHK/story.html

"Nationwide, there is an almost perfect correlation between high student performance and high socioeconomic level. Diane Ravitch, who left the Bush administration after discovering the truth about the charter school movement, has stated that the only way to significantly improve any school’s performance is to improve the socioeconomic level around it. Frank Jackson knows this, too. But he also knows that it is far more difficult to improve the socioeconomic level than it is to pretend to do it by making the public schools the scapegoats for our society’s deeper problems."

http://www.cleveland.com/berea/index.ssf/2012/03/public_schools_should_not_be_u.html

"A new report released by the National Center on Education Statistics (NCES) reveals that nearly one in five public schools was considered high-poverty in 2011, a 60 percent increase since 2000. Schools are considered high-poverty when 75 percent or more of enrolled students qualify for free or subsidized lunch."

http://www.salon.com/2013/05/30/report_1_in_5_public_schools_classified_as_high_poverty/

FamilyGuy
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Does it bother anybody that Stephanie Taylor, Principal at Greiner MS,  is a finalist for Principal of the Year but she apparently has two drunk driving arrests?  The other blog says the last one was received upon leaving the Bryan Adams Christmas party in 2006 or 2007.  I mean, consider that they are firing teachers for the most petty of things and yet she can get behind the wheel and put her students' lives at risk and move up the ladder?  I am sure she is a nice lady but this sticks in my crawl when they are throwing the kitchen sink at people who have done no wrong but bust their asses and a drunk like this (if this is true) holds on to a 6 figure salary.  Typical DISD.

GoneWithTheWind2
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@FamilyGuy From what I understand, many people, unfortunately here in Texas, have ONE of these isolated, one time, unfortunate events of getting pulled over after a happy hour, a summer party, the weekend before school starts, and even though we think we are responsible drinkers...the unimaginable happens...A DWI.  It is considered a misdemeanor offense, and doesn't even have to be reported to HR.  

NOW....a subsequent charge, if I quote correctly, is A FELONY...and an evident red flag, that someone has an issue.  

My God, with the stigma that follows that initial charge, ANYONE learns their lesson, and it is totally unrelated to the profession.  When you have more than one charge, then we need to start questioning the effectiveness of the person as an educational leader...

This warrants investigating.

Spineless Administration
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SAYONARA!!!

The joke is on them! 

I am leaving this fiasco too! 

The opportunities are out there for respectable, professional, and dignified educators to continue to grow and be positive role models and for the future of our profession.

You know, after a decade or more in DISD, the RIFF RAFF  has settled in as administrators, worthless APs, INCOMPETENT and IMMATURE buddies for hire, in our buildings, our magnet schools, and downtown. They manipulate, cheat, lie, and steal, at the expense of our precious students.

They would NOT survive a day in a REAL ISD, so they drive out the TALENT.

You allow it, you deserve it.

I didn't  let the door hit me in the ass on the way out, but I left a few haters with jaws on the ground, jealous, and hating me for the fabulous opportunity I've received.

Those are the exact people to whom I'm FOREVER THANKFUL.

  If it wasn't for their mistreatment,  abuse, lack of support, and the brick wall they built around me this year, I would not have sought refuge in a wonderful place of respect and admiration. 

Thank you, DISD, and mostly, you MY SPINELESS administrators, for motivating me to BAIL while your ship is sinking.

You have lost the TALENT.

Sincerely, Disrespected Profession. NO MORE ...

"Free at last, Free at last.  THANK GOD ALL MIGHTY, I AM FREE AT LAST!" MLK

GoneWithTheWind2
GoneWithTheWind2

@Spineless Administration That's too bad.  Administration can either make or break the situations at campus levels.  Too  many times I've seen them take advantage of situations to cover things up and maintain their phony image.  These are the kinds of people that Mike Miles should work to replace.

You should send your exit letter above to the Dallas Morning News, read it at the next board meeting, and broadcast it to all the media.  


People need to know that Dallas is losing its most valuable resource, and the people who can actually bring this thing around.


Congratulations for not giving up entirely on the profession.  Too many of us actually have, or will continue hiding in the classroom until we get an opportunity like you have.  

God be with you, and with all other DISD teachers who gave their all.

FamilyGuy
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I have left DISD now too.  I think we need to just accept that this community will never share our outrage.  Too bad we could not have a DISD spring similar to the Arab spring. A big grassroots movement would have and could have changed much in DISD.  Even Irving is getting ready to can their Super as the voters got pissed and elected a whole new Board of Trustees.  But we in Dallas vote time and again for these clowns. . .uh, sorry I just insulted the clowns.

Beer2
Beer2

@FamilyGuy 

You know what? DISD wants to blame teachers for everything that goes wrong when kids don't meet standards. DISD does not look at the HOME, the PARENTING, the DISCIPLINE (there is none), the FOOD (there is none), the MEDICAL CARE(there is none).  DISD just needs to take over every aspect of PARENTING, because it is all about NON-PARENTING.  Take care of the kids, but PAY the people that do it!!!

Persona non grata
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To: FMM, BOT, DMN, C of C, mayor, business "leaders".

It's the poverty, stupid!

"Abstract: Cites demographic figures showing that U.S. children are an endangered species. Educators alone cannot "fix" the problems of education, because dealing with poverty's root causes must involve health care, housing, transportation, job training, and social welfare bureaucracies. The United States has the resources, if not the will, to reduce the number of at-risk children."

http://www.eric.ed.gov/ERICWebPortal/search/detailmini.jsp?_nfpb=true&_&ERICExtSearch_SearchValue_0=EJ431202&ERICExtSearch_SearchType_0=no&accno=EJ431202

Dallasteach
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My school was once called a "gem of DISD" by one of the several AP's who came and went over the past decade. And not just because of the Exemplary ratings and awards and banners on the wall. We had a loyal commitment to each other, to the students, and to the community. But apparently we didn't know how to teach at all. After the impossible demands and constant harassment, three wonderful teachers left before the year was half over. Another seven have officially quit - most with contracts from other districts in hand. I know of several others who haven't given notice yet. Then there are the ones who are still looking. I expect by the beginning of the new school year at least half of the teachers will be gone. I am just so sad. A thriving learning community destroyed. Why?

Persona non grata
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Why? Successful DISD schools make it more difficult for the coming for-profit charters. It's all about privatization and the big money that is to be made.

Beer in Hand
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For LBART, who does not seem to understand what a teacher offers an employer, shall we enlighten him/her?

I will start this round off with:

1. We are college educated.

2. We often have OTHER job skills, since most of us have second jobs.

3. We are used to working hard, working with little in the way of support, so we are grateful and loyal to those who will treat us well.

4. We know how to write, how to speak before groups, can take pressure from deadlines.

5. We know how to work with a variety of ethnic groups, and many of us are bilingual=---and NOT just Spanish/English.

6. We know how to research.

7. We know how to organize our time, how to implement strategies of the company and can work well alone or with others.


 

Beer in Hand
Beer in Hand

@Persona non grata @Beer in Hand How ironic... Pearson is one of them.

BTWHSPVAMOM
BTWHSPVAMOM

So is TFA and the New Teacher Project...I guess they are okay when you want to make a point.

Persona non grata
Persona non grata

Imagine what a well researched myth list for the policies of FMM and the BOT would include! Here's NEA' list about teacher compensation:

"MYTH: Teachers make just as much as other, comparable professions.

MYTH: Teachers are well-paid when their weekly or hourly wage is compared with other professions.

MYTH: The school day is only six or seven hours, so it's only fair that teachers make less than "full-time" professionals.

MYTH: Teachers have summers off.

MYTH: Teachers receive excellent health and pension benefits that make up for lower salaries.

MYTH: Thanks to tenure, teachers can never be fired, no matter how bad they are.

MYTH: Unlike other professions, teachers get automatic raises, regardless of how well they perform their work.

MYTH: If schools were allowed to grant merit pay, good teachers would be well compensated .

MYTH: Teaching is easy -- anyone can do it.

MYTH: The rewards of working with children make up for low pay."

http://www.nea.org/home/12661.htm

Persona non grata
Persona non grata

Anyone familiar with how other public servants such as police and firefighters are paid vs when their work is to be done?

Are they, like teachers, given job requirements along with policy requirements that force them to do their work outside of a contractual day (at home, staying late etc.)?

For example, teachers are expected to grade papers during planning times that are not long enought for all the tasks at hand and that are frequently used by administrators for meetings in violation policy. The work (grading) is required but the daily instructional schedule does not include adequate time this and "other related duties".

Are there other public servant jobs near the pay scale for teachers that are structured similarly to ours where, for a base salary, an 8-hour work day is in name only?

Are we in good company or being used?

Just wondering...

FamilyGuy
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DISD people are getting jobs as other districts know that they are good employees and those districts are bleeding staff as well just not at the rate as DISD.

Enough is Enough
Enough is Enough

Bye bye. We will live, and so will you. It's best for the kids of Dallas that they are taught by people who want to be there. God speed.

Quo Qu ohhh
Quo Qu ohhh

@Enough is Enough What is best for the kids of Dallas is for short-sighted morons like you to stay away from them and let real professionals do the work. Having seen your contributions here, it saddens me to think that those of your ilk linger on, affecting the furures of dallas' most vulnerable young people.

Spineless Administration
Spineless Administration

WANT to be there? Wake up...Do you know how to read survey reports? Do you mean the people who are not talented enough to leave? Or do you mean the people laying low and keeping quiet, brown nosing, in hopes no ones notices how ineffective they are!

Book Fairy
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@Enough is Enough Are you kidding?  No one wants to be in DISD.  I left the district so that I COULD do my job instead of jockeying around instructional edubabble that could care less about the kids.  I left the district so that I could teach without the "Marcus Show" going on non-stop in my class with no hope of a cancellation.  Folks at job fairs reported 95 DISD applicants for one position.  What will you tell the kids of Dallas when the "ones who want to be there--the ones that are left" prove to be teachers of less quality?  

A is for Abigail
A is for Abigail

@Enough is Enough The problem is that lots of the kids of Dallas will not have anyone to teach them next year because of Miles.

Wait until the summer school vacancy numbers come out and the vacancy numbers for next year.  Lots of 3700 people are compiling the actual counts.  Maybe it will come out just in time for Miles' evaluation along with a few other things, no?

People hired by Miles and paid outrageous salaries don't even want to work for him or with him--they're quitting as well.

LBart
LBart

@A is for Abigail Maybe DISD teachers are more independently wealthy than I thought -- the suburbs cannot absorb hundreds of quitting DISD teachers. Sure, there are vacancies in Garland, Plano, Frisco, Irving, Mesquite, etc., but not THAT many and those districts have their own hiring preferences and nepotism issues.

Are people quitting DISD without another job lined up? That seems insane to me. I would never do that. I don't care how fed up I am, I'd eat a lot of crap before I'd leave a job because I have bills to pay and people to feed.

A is for Abigail
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@LBart @pokeintheeye @Beer in Hand @A is for Abigail Here's the bottom line:  HUNDREDS UPON HUNDREDS of teachers are leaving and getting jobs elsewhere--most at schools in other districts.  With the economy seeming to improve, Baby Boomers are now feeling secure enough to retire, which creates large numbers of vacancies in other districts.

But who cares where they are going?  I think you keep trying to focus on that to get the focus off the huge mass exodus happening.

And pokeintheeye was right, it isn't the worst teachers who are leaving--it's the good ones.  

Miles is an incompetent cancer.

LBart
LBart

@pokeintheeye @LBart @Beer in Hand @A is for Abigail What a charmed life everyone must lead. I know people who have struggled to find work after a move or layoff, particularly if they're older, even within their same field. New liberal arts grads have had a tough time too. It can be a stressful experience. 

But teachers have zero problems at all finding a professional job, not only in teaching but in an entirely new area! Private industry can't wait to hire them. I hope people are writing articles and blogs about how this works, because I know some people who would love to know the secret.

Quo Qu ohhh
Quo Qu ohhh

@LBart (laughing) now there are only teaching jobs in DISD or the suburbs? No private, charter, or other schools within a 50 mile radius? No one looking to make a geographic adjustment from this sweltering, landlocked part of the country?? Once again, you attempt to present binary hogwash. Once again, you fail.

pokeintheeye
pokeintheeye

@LBart @Beer in Hand @A is for Abigail 

LBart, your arrogance is persistently shocking. We should be accustomed to your sneers and condescending tone, but it is still a shock.

Secondary teachers usually have enough content expertise to use their skills in private industry. This is true of all the smart and talented teachers, which is the majority leaving, for either other teaching jobs or nonprofits or companies.

What is truly fascinating about Miles is that the layer of teachers who are actually incompetent hasn't been touched by all this chaos. It's the teaching talent that is leaving because they are always mobile.

It will take years to replenish the vacant classrooms left by Miles' mismanagement and the support of the PACs who know nothing about education.

To paraphrase a totally incompetent president, "Great job, LBart."

Book Fairy
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@LBart @Beer in Hand @A is for Abigail I don't know of anyone who is quitting without a signed contract in hand.  At least not to take another teaching job.  Some folks are headed for corporate America. That's where I came from.  Competition is fierce, but what I am hearing from the new expatriates is that hiring districts know DISD teachers have skills dealing with a changing higher poverty demographic and the 'burbs appreciate their experience. 

LBart
LBart

@Beer in Hand @LBart @A is for Abigail No, I know many DISD teachers are very good. But I'm questioning whether, according to your position, neighboring districts have so many openings that they can absorb hundreds or thousands of fleeing DISD teachers without a ripple.

I know some people hiring in other districts and it's true that they've gotten more apps than usual from DISD teachers, but the place doesn't come to a screeching halt when they get a DISD resume: "OMG, a DISD teacher! Never mind the other interviews, here's your key!"

Some present and interview well, some don't. Some present and interview well, but the districts are still getting apps from new grads, from teachers in-district, from teachers who have a personal connection with someone there. I just hope nobody is quitting their job because they've read here that DISD teachers are such a tremendously hot commodity that they'll have no trouble at all finding something new. If you teach a high-needs area this may be true, but competition is still fierce in certain districts or certain subjects.

Beer in Hand
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@LBart @A is for Abigail Only reason why I am staying? To outlast them. To outwit them. To outplay them.

Again, it shows how little you understand the situation. This regime is driving out the BEST and BETTERS, and other districts are gobbling them up. Would you hire a DISD teacher, if you went by Mike Miles' descriptions at every single speaking engagement? He always implies we are lazy, not up to date and don't know how to teach.

Well, we do. And hundreds are showing they are WORTHY, because the other places are signing them up.... Unless you think that MISD, GISD, FPISD, AISD, HP/UP ISD and the others are stupid.

See, unlike YOU, they KNOW we are good.

Rear View Mirror
Rear View Mirror

@LBart @A is for Abigail And they know this, so you will have to accept anything that comes down the pike. Many people have other options and are exercising them. My condolences to you, but start looking for next year, since it's not going to get any better.

Pancho Villa
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I lost four bilingual teachers in my building. They got hired already. DISD teachers get their jobs according to their certification. They get their  jobs before they leave this mess.

DISD Teach
DISD Teach

It was a bittersweet last day. Only knew the folks there this one year. Met a lot of good people. Met a lot of good people who were fed up on several levels. Met a lot of good people who are also leaving. I'm hopeful that my school will be better next year regardless of the regime. Quite possibly my last post, but perhaps not. In case it is, I wish you all well!

Persona non grata
Persona non grata

Well, this is interesting...do you want ice cream with your humble pie, sir?

"New Dallas ISD board president demotes Superintendent Mike Miles’ seat at board briefings"

"For at least the past decade and beyond, the Dallas ISD superintendent has always sat between his bosses in the middle of the dais. Not anymore.

Cowan has moved Miles to the far right side, tucked next to where administrators sit to address the trustees. At the board meetings at the end of the month, Miles will continue to sit in the middle."

http://educationblog.dallasnews.com/2013/06/new-dallas-isd-board-president-demotes-superintendent-mike-miles-seat-at-board-briefings.html/

Persona non grata
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This old chestnut seems appropriate at this time:

"Teachers’ hefty salaries are driving up taxes, and they only work 9 or 10 months a year. It’s time we put things in perspective and pay them for what they do – babysit. We can get that for less than minimum wage.

That’s right. Let’s give them $3 an hour and only the hours they worked; not any of that silly planning time, or any time they spend before or after school. That would be $19.50 a day (7:45 to 3:00 PM with 45 min. off for lunch and plan– that equals 6 1/2 hours).

Each parent should pay $19.50 a day for these teachers to baby-sit their children. Now how many students do they teach in a day…maybe 30? So that’s $19.50 x 30 = $585.00 a day.

However, remember they only work 180 days a year. I am not going to pay them for any vacations.

LET’S SEE…That’s $585 X 180= $105,300 per year. (Hold on. My calculator needs new batteries.)

What about those special education teachers and the ones with master’s degrees? Well, we could pay them minimum wage ($7.75), and just to be fair, round it off to $8.00 an hour. That would be $8 X 6 1/2 hours X 30 children X 180 days = $280,800 per year.

Wait a minute — there’s something wrong here. There sure is.

The average teacher’s salary (nationwide) is $50,000. $50,000/180 days = $277.77/per day/30 students=$9.25/6.5 hours = $1.42 per hour per student– a very inexpensive baby-sitter and they even EDUCATE your kids!)

WHAT A DEAL!

–From Maureen Downey, for the AJC Get Schooled blog"

FamilyGuy
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I am so sorry for you all having to leave.  What is happening to these kids is tantamount to child abuse and would never be tolerated in Highland Park or Lovejoy but is standard business in Dallas.  The voters get what they deserve as they have allowed this to happen.  But I understand.  You are teachers. ..not martyres or mesiahs.

Persona non grata
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Part of this mess is our own fault, however. For more than 100 years, we have bought into the teacher/servant model to which the US public (voters!) is now accustomed. We thought we were doing the noble thing for the children in our care and that, at the very least, we would receive some modicum of gratitude and respect. How gullible and naive we have been!

We have freely donated our time outside of employment contracts.

We have worked at home at the expense of our own children.

We have stayed after school for conferences, meetings and functions.

We have spent our own money when our employer refuses to adequately fund their directives and expectations.

We've made home visits for our students on our own time.

We've bought and maintained clean clothing that select desperate children change into and out of each day.

We routinely kept snacks on hand before the days of free/reduced school meals.

We have tutored for free.

We have accepted insulting stipends for the extra hours required for quality sports teams and performing organizations.

We have arrived early and stayed late on work days.

All this and more to then suffer the ultimate insult of an inexperienced bully of a superintendent: teachers reach their maximum effectiveness after 3-5 years.

Retired Librarian
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@Persona non grata I totally agree.  The only way things will change is if ALL teachers stopped doing the "extras".  that, of course, will not happen--too many overachievers, suck-ups, and teachers who genuinely care.  Don't know the answer, but this is the main problem that somebody needs to start figuring out.

pokeintheeye
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@LBart @pokeintheeye @Persona non grata 

And big year-end bonuses and promotions are also a given as rewards earned through all the extra work.

What teachers get for the extras is a troll like you LBart or some other lowlife chiming in about the real world.

Teachers who consistently work 60-70 hours a week are blessed with micromanaging Mike and that's about it.

So LBart, why don't you give us some insights on your career since you are so quick to slam teachers as if they were around seven years old and you need to play daddy.

LBart
LBart

@pokeintheeye @LBart @Persona non grata I've worked in private industry and I've been a teacher. in the private sector, nobody says, "You are asking me to work at HOME??" or "You are asking me to work MORE than 8 hours! The barbarity!" Those things are a given.

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@pokeintheeye Indeed. The consistent pattern is for LBart to flee the discussion once there is any direct discussion of or inquiry regarding his line of work. The closest I have seen is that he is a female impersonator, but I do not wish to insult perfectly fine drag queens by association.

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@LBart @Persona non grata 

And what would you know about the hours "professional white-collar employees" work? We have observed no teaching expertise and no professional expertise in any area from your comments.

Again, your tone is so obscenely denigrating to teachers.

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False Dichotomy

Arbitrarily reducing a set of many possibilities to only two. For example, evolution is not possible, therefore we must have been created (assumes these are the only two possibilities). This fallacy can also be used to oversimplify a continuum of variation to two black and white choices. For example, science and pseudoscience are not two discrete entities, but rather the methods and claims of all those who attempt to explain reality fall along a continuum from one extreme to the other.”

http://www.theskepticsguide.org/resources/logicalfallacies.aspx

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@LBart Thank you for another false dichotomy. No one has to pick anything from your binary nonsense.

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@Persona non grata You can't have it both ways -- are you a professional white-collar employee who works the usual workday plus nights and weekends that other salaried white-colar employees work, or are you a clock-punching worker who refers to "contract hours"?

There's no correct choice, but you have to pick one and be content with the expectations and limitations of that choice.

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I heard of a "work the contract" job action years ago in another state. The district was refusing a long overdue pay raise. The union recommended that ALL work not taking place during the contract day be stopped. The school parking lots were empty until about 10 minutes before starting time and empty within 10 minutes of the contractual ending time. No parent conferences unless during the day (interrupted instruction), no after school meetings or events. The school system virtually ground to a stop and they got their raise. This was, of course, NOT a right to work state. Schools run on the donated time of teachers...

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