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    Should I go back to my parapro job???
    frustrated ohio teacher needs advice please

    I teach first grade at a charter/private school here in
    Ohio. I was offered my parapro job back at a public
    school for the fall of 2009, they got some funding back I
    guess. The school we work in is a constant battle where
    fear and intimidation is an everyday thing...Many of us
    are constantly threatened to be fired or written up (like
    they're trying to build a case against us if they ever
    were to fire you) for everything...most of which has
    nothing to do with the actual job of teaching!

    I am afraid to buy a home since you never know if you're
    going to get fired or not! The staff of about 40 has
    about 35 people who are not happy, and are looking
    everyday for something else. We try our best to support
    each other.

    I am looking for advice on whether to take my old job back
    even though I will make very little money and lose my
    benefits, which I am very healty and can able to pay for
    them for a while on my own. I fear that if the
    administration fires at will, which they will just to
    prove a point, then I will have no job, while if I take my
    para job back I will have a job, make hardly any money but
    at least be safe and have some income and still be in the
    teaching field.

    I won't have this back up job forever so I just needed
    someone else's thoughts...I was told that sometimes its
    better to take a job that may be lower on the food chain,
    if it will take you places in the end. I find it hard to
    be a successful teacher at this school I am at now, with
    the constant intimidation and threats. Any thoughts or
    has anyone been in this situation before??? I would
    appreciate any advice. :o)

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