Deadline for Resignations

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i-quitThe deadline for resignations is set by the state at 45 days before classes begin.  Since DISD is closed on Friday it is prudent for those wishing to submit their resignations to do so by Thursday, July 11, 2013.

Good luck to all of our colleagues – those who are choosing to stay and those who are choosing to leave.

 

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SayWHAT
SayWHAT

I thought you all would like a good chuckle or two...I'm one of the remaining teachers in the district. Here comes the FUNNY PART...HR is sending out mass emails inviting the remaining teachers to each job fair!!! LOL!! Why would you invite ALL of your teachers to a job fair when they are already under contract???? It gets BETTER....certification can't keep up with all those teachers who completed the ESL certification and TURNED IN THEIR PAPERWORK ON TIME??? These teachers got invites to the 2ND JOB FAIR with a letter stating that "you didn't complete the requirements of the emergency permit" when in fact THEY DID because you can't sign the contract without completing & turning in the ESL requirements....YOU BLOCKHEADS!!! (in my Lucy from Peanuts voice)

Book Fairy
Book Fairy

60 openings for elementary art and music? How are they going to fill that? 

Ghost
Ghost

I just saw the trailer for the movie-The Hive (Michael Clarke Duncan's final film). I didn't know the film featured Teacher For America teachers at work. The movie is based upon real events and is about school trying to save at risk black & Latino kids. I wonder do they use this film to promote the TFA program?

Ghost
Ghost

Job Fair  this Thursday..... location unknown.

Book Fairy
Book Fairy

Well, in Theory, Admin should know within a small tolerance how many positions are vacant. That number should not be as fluid at this point. They should take a snapshot of today and work from there.  Otherwise there will be people chasing each other around trying to hire folks without knowing exactly who and what  positions are to be hired.  That careless staffing is how we will end up with cousins and brothers of Central Staff rather than folks that have been placed into a pool and evaluated.  

Quo Qu ohhh
Quo Qu ohhh

Hear ye. Hear ye! According to the Constitution of the State of Texas:


EDUCATION CODE

TITLE 2. PUBLIC EDUCATION

SUBTITLE C. LOCAL ORGANIZATION AND GOVERNANCE

CHAPTER 11. SCHOOL DISTRICTS

SUBCHAPTER A. GENERAL PROVISIONS

Sec. 11.1513.  EMPLOYMENT POLICY. (a) The board of trustees of each independent school district shall adopt a policy providing for the employment and duties of district personnel.  The employment policy must provide that: 

d)  The employment policy must provide that not later than the 10th school day before the date on which a district fills a vacant position for which a certificate or license is required as provided by Section 21.003, other than a position that affects the safety and security of students as determined by the board of trustees, the district must provide to each current district employee:

(1)  notice of the position by posting the position on:

(A)  a bulletin board at:

(i)  a place convenient to the public in the district's central administrative office; and

(ii)  the central administrative office of each campus in the district during any time the office is open; or

(B)  the district's Internet website, if the district has a website; and

(2)  a reasonable opportunity to apply for the position.


http://www.statutes.legis.state.tx.us/Docs/ED/htm/ED.11.htm

Prunella Flunderdust
Prunella Flunderdust

I have a friend who resigned three weeks ago for a specific position at a school.  It has not been filled, and it is not listed.  I wonder if they are purposefully NOT listing openings so as to alert the media to the crisis in our district.

E Kim Selim
E Kim Selim

Ok, this is just plain weird.  FMM is greatly expanding instructional coaches.  If you go to YouTube and enter "Dallas ISD instructional coaches" you get the videos of the applicants applying for the position.  I would have thought personnel manners were more private.  These videos are obviously recorded at home or some place other than a studio and uploaded by the applicants. 

This is equivalent to DISD publishing our essays when we applied for a job in the district.

retiredteacher
retiredteacher

So. 141 high school, 54 middle (don't believe this one) and 450 elementary = 650?

When we know they should be down at least 1,000 - 1,500

None of this makes sense unless they got waivers for class limits with no limits. Does it?

Beer in Hand
Beer in Hand

Current openings---in the dozens, and they are not even up to date, since many still were resigning this week. IO know form my school alone, two spots are not listed, since they just turned in the S-54's at the last second.

http://www.dallasisd.org/Page/20588 

Me
Me

Does anyone know exactly what penalty they are talking about if we resign after the 12th? I got a job offer in the private sector today. So I will be going to resign tomorrow.

Petpau
Petpau

Who is the ED, Asst Sup and Human Resource person that signed off on this?

Book Fairy
Book Fairy

I'm a wicked child.  Wouldn't it be interesting for all of us to call HR and ask how to find a posting of available positions.  Are they posted at HR, or are they online? Where would I go to see the listing? 

Beer in Hand
Beer in Hand

@Book Fairy Other districts don't mess with teachers the way we have been threatened.

However, if they need 2,000, and they only hire 1,000 that means they took them all, regardless of ability.... Yeah... we lose some of the best-----but according to Miles, "churn" is good.

That applies to superintendents, too.

Quo Qu ohhh
Quo Qu ohhh

@Book Fairy Exactly. In this case, I don't even think it's a component of the Mike Miles master plan - looks like plain old-fashioned incompetence to me. 

He and his fellow deformers seek disruption and TFA-for-all, but this really just seems like a f___-up of epic proportions.

Persona non grata
Persona non grata

Education Code? Really?

This is Dallas! This is the Bungling BOT! This is FMM!

Codes are for employees only!

anonymous1765
anonymous1765

@Prunella Flunderdust I resigned in early May and my position has not been filled nor has it been posted.  As a matter of fact, there are 20 openings at my former school and none of them are posted yet.

oakcliffteacher
oakcliffteacher

@Prunella Flunderdust  There are four Science teachers who have all resigned from Sunset HS.  None of them are posted either on the job listings page either.

abcteacher
abcteacher

@E Kim Selim  It's like the kids, fighting and then uploading it to youtube.  Same  results.

Quo Qu ohhh
Quo Qu ohhh

@E Kim Selim I might go so far as to refer to it as creepy! Is this some kind of fetish fulfillment? It makes the district look ridiculous to outsiders. Do they have to submit Anthony Weiner type phone pics as part of the process too?

E Kim Selim
E Kim Selim

personnel matters not personnel manners.  Sorry.  IPads do not make good keyboards for old people.

Quo Qu ohhh
Quo Qu ohhh

@retiredteacher Again, that appears to be the list HR threw together the night before the last job fair. I could be mistaken, but to my knowledge, it doesn't include the positions now open after this week's Great S54 Fest '13: The Reckoning, Part IV.

E Kim Selim
E Kim Selim

@retiredteacher  

At the last Board meeting they approved  student/teacher ratios of 24:1 for core and 30:1 for electives.  In secondary school that translates into 7/5*30= 42 students in electives on average and 7/5*24=33.6 students on average for core classes.   The students take 7 period and the teachers teach 5 periods in a regular schedule.  Block schedule would be different.  I cannot imagine budgeting for electives with a greater ratio when there are more options with electives.  I guess PE class will have100 kids.

It will be almost impossible to schedule the students with so few degrees of freedom but they have not figured that out.  

Do they pay a teacher one fifth more to teach an extra class? If not then a passive resistance of refusal to teach the extra period might be enough to bring down the current administration. 

I think they are planing on long-term subs, high class enrollments, and teachers teaching an extra period for a song to save money.

S54 Time
S54 Time

@Me I believe if you leave for the private sector there's nothing they do about it.  It really becomes an issue if you're trying to obtain another teaching job.  Good luck!

Aztec Warrior
Aztec Warrior

@Me You can google it, it's set by statute. The question is whether or not they will be organized enough to follow through.

3.  Certificate Sanctions for Contract Abandonment
If a teacher abandons a contract without good cause or consent, a board can, within 30
days, send notice to TEA requesting a sanction of the teacher’s credentials.  Sanctions
range from revocation to reprimand; a common sanction involves a one-year suspension
of a teacher’s certificate.  A  teacher's online certificate will  show the history of a
suspension even after the suspension ends and may lead a district to reject an application
.

scantrons
scantrons

@Me just tell them it is a substantial increase in pay--you should be all right.  Since it is the private sector, they cannot check the amount, although Chapter 21 of the Education Code does not describe what a substantial increase would be.

Aztec Warrior
Aztec Warrior

@Quo Qu ohhh @Book Fairy And since that 45 day rule applies to all districts in Texas, the recruits now hired are unlikely to be certified teachers with experience in Texas.

Persona non grata
Persona non grata

Calm your mind and heart, my child. There is no turmoil. All is peace and rest. Come unto him on August 20th and learn the error of your ways in the lap of MRS. DOLLO. Oh, ye of little faith! Turn thine eyes from the demons of research and common sense.

Quo Qu ohhh
Quo Qu ohhh

@Persona non grata My point was that codes are for all. It's early, so perhaps I misunderstand you, PNG - open positions are not being posted in adherence to Texas Law, as stated in what appears to be the actual state Constitution! Another point I could have made would be that I should not be the person looking this upand citing it at this point. Dallas Morning "News?" Alliance-AFT? NEA? Anyone? ...Anyone?...Bueller??

manyeyes
manyeyes

There is much more to it. Consider that the Sunset HS administrators have been occupied fighting fires of another sort altogether as a result of the snowballing incompetency factor in the district.

There seems to be an unwritten rule that the laws of physics will not apply to folks under the DISD, but even then it's a trick to build more than one plane in the air at a time, to mix up the metaphors.

Quo Qu ohhh
Quo Qu ohhh

@oakcliffteacher @Prunella Flunderdust Thank you. May I suggest that everyone post vacancies here about which you are aware, especially those not listed on the district site, in lieu of the job being done legally by HCM?

E Kim Selim
E Kim Selim

@Quo Qu ohhh 

Actually, someone could have fun with this by having Bozo the Clown apply as an instructional coach or lip-sync an FMM video to show him applying for the job then post on YouTube.   I kind of like the idea of an FMM bad lip-sync channel.

Aztec Warrior
Aztec Warrior

@E Kim Selim I'm not sure whether to laugh or cry. Those poor people must really want to work for DISD. He did say he was going to use media and the internet differently, and this sure is "different".

S54 Time
S54 Time

@E Kim Selim @retiredteacher and the scarey situation keeps rolling on.  I for one resent having to teach 7 out of 8 periods with a class size sure to get bigger.  If DISD were an honest and fair district, the teachers would be compensated for that.  BTW, the 2% pay increase amounts to about $35 extra dollars in my purse after taxes!

E Kim Selim
E Kim Selim

@Aztec Warrior 

 There has always been an unwritten rule between ISDs to not pursue this rule.  It has been violated many times with no consequences.   It seems prejudicial to allow administrators to break contracts and return to Garland, Lamar University, Colorado, Florida but then go after teachers trying to survive.  In the old days we had a psychologist in the district who would just sign you off as too stressed to continue in a DISD setting. 

Book Fairy
Book Fairy

@E Kim Selim @Aztec Warrior I got my offer of employment on July 25 two years ago. I had to ask my principal to release me which he did.  I wonder if the principals have now been told not to release ANYONE.  

E Kim Selim
E Kim Selim

@Aztec Warrior 

Great point.  If DISD hires teachers from other districts who did not give 45 days notice back at their original district then how can they send a list of DISD violations to TEA when they are also culpable. 

Not many veteran teachers under contract would jump to DISD but sometimes circumstances like convenience do surface. 

Quo Qu ohhh
Quo Qu ohhh

@Persona non grata I LOVE when you go all .. is that Roman Catholic I detect, with some Southern Baptist & Pentecostal notes?

Persona non grata
Persona non grata

No, we're both on the same page.

I'm on the sarcasm path to the point. You're on the rational path to the point.

How many times has Carla Ranger cited chapter and verse violations of code with, apparently, no ensuing penalties?

Nice work citing the code, BTW!

Quo Qu ohhh
Quo Qu ohhh

@E Kim Selim @Quo Qu ohhh Or just a scorchingly satirical application video, done by someone who has left the district and is looking to have some fun...perhaps using as many key/ power phrases as possible.

retiredteacher
retiredteacher

I don't believe Dahlander. as his job is to spew propaganda. They had a job fair, looked at resumes, did some interviews, and they've hired hundreds in this short time? I doubt the

veracity of his statements. They may have hundreds of candidates, but that joke of a personnel department doesn't do anything that quickly.

Rear View Mirror
Rear View Mirror

@Vendetta But Dahlander said "Hundreds of positions were filled"...doesn't include those who resigned after May 30the and there are that many people qualified and needing a job in DISD?

Vendetta
Vendetta

It's not that they really want to work in DISD. It's more like, who wants to be a teacher in DISD? Answer: no one.

13th Year
13th Year

@Aztec Warrior @E Kim Selim I believe that some of these people already work for the district in other positions.  I have heard that some who wanted to apply for these positions are balking at the request to post  these videos on youtube.  Just seems kinda 1984-strange to me.

Aztec Warrior
Aztec Warrior

DISD policy (which mostly aligns with state law.)  Somewhere there is a list of what is considered "acceptable reasons" but I'm not finding it-from memory moving out of state, quitting the profession, staying home with a child are on it. Of course, it's always advisable to check with a union rep or lawyer.

lawyer.http://pol.tasb.org/Policy/Download/361?filename=DFE(LEGAL).pdf

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