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    Re: Charter School or Substitute?
    Charter school supporter

    Don't forget to consider if you need benefits, those are not offered
    to substitute teachers. I have worked in two different charter schools
    for the past seven years and I've had positive experiences. Do not
    think that just because they are a charter school you will get hired.
    The hiring is just as competetive as a traditional school. We
    conducted some interviews yesterday and there were plenty of resumes
    to choose from and we were very selective in who we scheduled. Most
    important before applying, do your research about the charter school.
    There are plenty of wonderful charter schools out there, but there are
    also some very poorly structured schools. Unfortunately, those are the
    ones that give charter schools a bad name. Look for positive press
    about the schools. If you do a google search, you will be able to find
    some information that the school did not post on their website. Good
    Luck!

    On 7/15/09, Former Charter school teacher wrote:
    > Substitute! I worked in a charter school last year it was the worst
    > year of my life! I wish so much I had substituted instead. There
    > was no support for discipline or children with special needs. The
    > administration did not respect teachers at all. And with no union,
    > there wasn't much teachers could do. I had children with SEVERE
    > special needs in my classroom with no aide. The students recieved
    > no special education services at all in violation of their IEP. The
    > administration just told me "Oh if you could control your class
    > better this child would be fine". I had to buy all the supplies for
    > my classroom with my own money. The school gave me desks and that
    > was it. Then an administrator had the nerve to tell me she didn't
    > like how my room was set up. Although, administrators would not
    > spend money so that I could have classroom supplies, they sure paid
    > themselves well. They were constantly buying new houses, new cars,
    > going on extended vacations in the middle of the year and bragging
    > to all the teachers about it. I wish I could rewind the year and
    > never have taken the job. I would have saved myself so much grief!
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    > On 6/29/09, Unsure wrote:
    >> Thanks for replying. I teach K-3.
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    >> On 6/26/09, Elizabeth wrote:
    >>> Well...my husband just got hired in a district where he did a
    >>> LT sub job. I believe the positive references you get from
    >>> other teachers in a district have a HUGE impact on hiring
    >>> decisions. When an administrator has hundreds of resumes to
    >>> scan through, he needs something to set you apart. If you
    >>> have been in the district and have a good reputation, that's
    >>> something!
    >>>
    >>> What do you teach??
    >>>
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    >>> On 6/25/09, Unsure wrote:
    >>>> I recently lost my 4 year teaching position in an Ohio
    >>>> suburb due to a failed levy and layoffs. My question now
    >>>> is, if I am not fortunate enough to land another position,
    >>>> do I choose to sub in a potential district or do I apply
    >>>> for a charter school where I will most likely get hired? I
    >>>> can afford to sub for one year but that's it. I would miss
    >>>> not having a class full of my own students but I would have
    >>>> the opportunity to make a name for myself. Are there any
    >>>> good charter schools in the Columbus area? I have heard
    >>>> nothing but negative feedback on charter schools. Please
    >>>> help!