Friday, September 28, 2007

Who is more important?

My wife is in a difficult situation. Because the State won't recognize her endorsement in Science (earned in Washington), she can't receive a contract to teach the position she currently holds. As it turns out, though, an elementary position is open in the district. So, she had to choose between the contracted elementary position and the long-term substitute position she currently has.She chose the contract.The elementary school wants her to begin on Monday. The current position doesn't want to let her go quite yet--they want time to find a replacement. Both have valid arguments about their students suffering.


At 8:39 AM , Blogger CaliforniaTeacherGuy said...

Your wife, as you know, has no job security as a sub. The school needs to grow up and let her go to the contracted position. Besides, she's under no obligation to stay as a sub. She can walk out at any time. If I were a sub and a contract came my way, I wouldn't hesitate to walk.

At 6:17 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

When my wife was starting her career she got a job in a Catholic school. Part way through the year she rwas offered a position in the public school system for thousands of dollars more. Not wanting to disrupt her students, she did not take the job. Two months later, the school decided it needed to reduce staff and fired her with no notice. It was then too late to take the other job. By the time she did join the public school system the following September the pension system had changed and the benefits were not nearly so good. The school had no compunction about doing what it wanted despite the effect on the students. My wife will be paying for her decision for the rest of her life.
This is a business and we have to make mature decisions. Her students will have another teacher and things will work out for them.
She should take the contracted job.


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