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
> place...no 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 @ firstname.lastname@example.org 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.