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I would like to know if anyone knows if there is a penalty for breaking a teacher contract before the school year begins in the state of Illinois? It is for personal reasons. I accepted a position early in the summer being happy to have found a decent school during this shortage of teaching jobs. I now, 2 months later, see that there is a job that has popped up in the district where I would really like to work, and is local to me. The other job is over an hour away. I know what the real, morally responsible answer is, but as teachers are we not allowed to be a little selfish sometimes? I'm already not being paid much and to have to drive over an hour every day does not help.
Edukatn IL All I can say is that during my 4-year term on the school board, this happened twice. Cutting it pretty close right now, but ya gotta do what ya gotta do. Hope this helps.

On 7/19/10, Angela wrote: > I would like to know if anyone knows if there is a penalty > for breaking a teacher contract before the school year > begins in the ...See More
Jul 19, 2010
Mary/3/IL Angela,

You might want to discuss this with your association president. I believe the district where you have your contract could request your certificate be pulled by ISBE if you accept another contract within 30 days of the first day of school.

But, please check and see before worrying too much. I know my principal is waiving th...See More
Jul 20, 2010
sped Under state law, if you've signed a contract, the district can ask the state to suspend your certificate if you unilaterally jump ship on your contract. However, if you ASK the district to let you out of the contract, and they agree, you're fine. The main difference is asking. If the district says yes, then you are fine, but if they say no, then yo...See More
Jul 20, 2010


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