Most charters do their hiring, firing, and overall school management
independently from the school district (besides the money the
district's expected to fork over to help keep the places afloat).
Charter school administrators have little if any communication with
district HR staff, and they're in no position to pester the district
staff regarding their own employee issues. Few school districts even
maintain personnel files on charter school faculty.
District HR is almost certainly aware, however, that charters tend to
have very high turnover rates. They're not likely to penalize
applicants for escaping a situation that causes a new group of people
to flee every year.
Backing out of a deceptive "Intention" agreement is as simple as
letting the school admins know you've changed your mind, forgetting you
ever met those people, and not even mentioning the brief, unpleasant
experience to potential employers.
On 7/27/08, Not a bleeding heart wrote:
> You can quit any time you like.
> Many contracts state that you must give 60 days notice. If you
> are moving to another school system they understand that and will
> schedule a starting date based on that (assuming no one else can
> start earlier).
> If you want to give less than the contract stated days notice the
> school will yell and scream and claim they will take you to
> court. They won't.
> If they claim they will "black-ball" you, just say "whatever."
> That threat is made in every industry. The difference with
> education, if you can prove it, is they are dead meat in court and
> they don't want to go there.
> Don't be passive like the bleeding hearts. Do what is right for
> you and don't be intimidated.
> On 7/18/08, They can fire you yes. You can quit....I doubt it.
>> Oh, yes. You are at-will. They can fire you anytime.
>> But I have never heard of the teacher being able to quit.
>> I think they always or almost always have their cake and eat it
>> too when it comes to that.
>> You still need a teaching credential to work at a charter
>> school. And you are still accountable to contract laws and will
>> be punished by the dept of ed if you quit I am willing to bet.
>> Anybody know for sure about this? Anyone actually have one of
>> these letters in their hands that they can quote exactly.
>> On 7/18/08, Teacha wrote:
>>> On 7/15/08, CTeacher wrote:
>>>> Last month I signed a "letter of intent" with a charter
>>>> school. But, after meeting with the administration and
>>>> finding out in detail what the job entails, I don't want
>>>> this job...This is really a job for 2 teachers! :-0
>>>> Is a letter of intent legally binding? I did fill in some
>>>> paperwork for the district office(health insurance info,
>>>> tax stuff, etc.), but it was not a teaching contract.
>>> You are a employee at will at a charter school. In July,
>>> they usually send out "contracts" which basically say that
>>> you can quit or they can fire you at any time. You are
>>> employed just like any other business enterprise.
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