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    Re: Should I go back to my parapro job???

    for me, personally, it was absolutely worth it. there is not a day that i
    regret leaving. sometimes i wish i had more money, but sanity was worth it.

    On 3/16/09, question to j wrote:
    > so basically it was worth it? I figure it would be a massive pay cut but
    > at least I'll still be working in my field. I don't know if it's worth
    > it to work in a "don't know if I'll have a job tomorrow" kind of
    > secutiry and lots of stress and worries, not to mention a
    > miserable staff. ugh!
    > On 3/16/09, j wrote:
    >> as an ohio charter school veteran of 6 years i feel your pain. in a
    >> similar situation, i decided to do a form of paraprofessional work for
    >> the local public schools. i am still in the inner-city, but it is
    >> leaps and bounds different.
    >> what my husband and i lost in salary and benefits, we have more than
    >> made up for in my general happiness and peace of mind.
    >> i am curious what charter school you are working for...i have worked
    >> for a few. i wanted to start a union a few years back because their
    >> treatment of employees disgusted me. like you, i had no sick or
    >> personal days. if someone was absent, there was no sub. we had to come
    >> in saturdays and stay after school and teach extended day classes for
    >> no pay. everything was ruled by fear and everyone was miserable.
    >> feel free to contact me @ and maybe we can take
    >> on these charters together. best of luck with this difficult decision.
    >> On 3/04/09, pksped wrote:
    >>> Because jobs are so scarce, any other time I probably would have
    >>> suggested that you keep any teaching job that you have. You are
    >>> right - moving to a parapro job would be a step backward, and that
    >>> would have its own related stress. The ONLY reason why I suggested
    >>> changing (and waiting/hoping)is because of the negative work
    >>> environment of your current employment. I know in my distict,
    >>> there were ZERO elementary openings in the 2008-2009 school year,
    >>> and that is unheard of. There is always a little bit of shuffling
    >>> around (a couple people retiring, a couple people moving, etc). I
    >>> think with the economy, teachers are holding on to what they have
    >>> more than ever. I know that is NO help to job seekers like
    >>> yourself. In my building, we'll have one person retire this year,
    >>> but due to downsizing (in another grade level), the position won't
    >>> be filled with outside resources.
    >>> I hope you find a solution that works for you...and helps you keep
    >>> your sanity.