On Sunday, the day before the first day of school, the DISD substitute placement system was up and running, calling subs.
Mike Miles is doing such an effective job of hiring quality teachers that, apparently, some children will start the school year off without a teacher.
Remember that these phone calls are not related to the unfilled positions already covered by long-term subs; these calls are for the positions where there is no teacher slated to be in the room when the children arrive.
Perhaps this need has something to do with the fact that working conditions for teachers in the district are so terrible that no one wants to work for DISD, so teaching vacancies remain even after a long summer break.
I could list dozens, but one example of the terrible working conditions DISD teachers face is this: on the first day of school, many teachers have staff development! Wasn’t last week enough? What can possibly be left to say? Do we really need to have teachers sitting in a meeting instead of tweaking plans and procedures now that they’ve met their students?
If there is something left to tell teachers, maybe we should have used the time wasted on the convocation to communicate important information to teachers so eleventh hour meetings wouldn’t be necessary.
That’s just one example of the mismanagement that is driving teachers away from DISD—so many so that last-minute subs are needed for the first day of school.
I won’t suffer, but my heart breaks for all the excited students who come back to school after a long break only to find out that there isn’t a teacher for them. What a letdown.