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    Re: Innovation Grant Schools
    Been There Done That

    As a former Charter Schoot teacher, I can confirm that they
    operate on an "at will" basis. Essentially, this allows the
    administrative team to make threats with the ability to carry
    them out. The principal in the Charter School I worked for
    threatened to fire us in meetings if her objectives were not
    met (CSAP, etc.).

    If an innovation grant school operates on an "at will" basis,
    I would really avoid it, unless you have no other choice
    employment wise. Particularly in light of the upcoming
    funding cuts in the state budget for K-12 education.

    On 2/05/11, jesusita wrote:
    > Does anyone have any experience working at a school that has
    > received an Innovation Grant? From want I understand, the
    > grant makes schools exempt from the Union Contract and
    > enables them to increase the school year/day and offer "at
    > will" employee contracts. How is this different from a
    > Charter School? I'm just curious if anyone out there has
    > first hand experience working at an Innovation Grant school
    > and could speak specifically on how the grant affected
    > working conditions and student achievement.