Frustration

I haven’t written about my job since the Spring, but there are now two weeks until school starts, and I’m still in the middle of a major suckfest.  To catch you up a little bit, approximately 17,000 teachers in Illinois lost their jobs this past Spring.  This is largely due to the fact that the state can’t pay it’s bills.  My district is owed millions of dollars that we will likely never see.  My district had to let go hundreds of teachers and staff.

Now, I don’t want to rehash the complicated details of my teaching situation or how seniority works in our district.  This post would be a mile long, and you would probably still be scratching your head.  Let me just say that it’s all very stupid and doesn’t make a bit of sense.  But, here’s a little run down of what’s going on with my job and currently stressing me out…

  • Thankfully, I do have a job for this coming school year.  Unfortunately, it’s not my job.  Right now, I have a position teaching general education Kindergarten.  Now, I haven’t taught general education since I was an undergraduate.  I did student teach Kindergarten…but it was in a tiny town in central Illinois.  It’s not that I think that teaching Kindergarten would be a bad job, it’s just not the job I want or love.
  • My fabulous job that I love with the fire of a thousand suns currently belongs to another early childhood teacher who has more seniority than me.  It’s a job that she doesn’t want at all.  She has never in her career taught in a special education classroom, let alone one with kids as involved as my kids are.  On top of that, she has no desire to teach my kids, and she makes no bones about it.  This doesn’t make her a bad teacher or a bad person…we just all have our passions and our talents.
  • All of this sucks on it’s own, but what makes it suck even more is that those of us in early childhood could still go back to our original positions.  So, even though there are two weeks until school starts, I could still get my job back!  Like I said, I won’t get into the hairy details as to how that all works, but our program is partially grant-funded.  When our grant funding comes through, we can call our teachers back.
  • So, I’m currently sitting here biting my nails and hoping that I can go back to my job.  In the meantime, I’m kind of paralyzed.  I don’t want to go work in my Kindergarten classroom if I’m not going to be there, and I certainly can’t start working in my early childhood classroom since I don’t know for sure if I’ll be there.
  • The hardest part is that we know we have our funding.  We’re just waiting on politicians and administrators to get their acts together.  Barring anything really crazy happening, I can have my job back.  Still, I won’t feel better until I know for sure.

So, yeah.  In addition to trying to plan for maternity leave, being exhausted from being 30 weeks pregnant, and trying to prepare for my babies, I’m also compulsively checking my work e-mail for any signs of an update.  Le sigh.

Comments

  1. It depresses me to know that is how things work. For one, it sucks for you teachers, but two, it sucks to know that teachers end up in classrooms that they don’t want because that can’t be a good situation for the students. It’s crazy to me that they are like “You, over there, the one with no interest in special ed. Go teach this class of special ed preschoolers.”

    Hope you hear something soon.

  2. Our state’s education situation is a disaster. So many good, talented, dedicated teachers are being laid off or placed where their passion isn’t due to stupid funding issues. I really hope things fall into place for you – and you have one less thing to worry about!

  3. As a teacher, especially one who’s worked with special needs kids, this post breaks my heart. Why does education always come second best? It seems you can’t escape it, no matter what country you’re in.

    So sorry to hear about the stress, but I’ll be keeping my fingers crossed for you!

  4. Seems to me like there’s a fair baseball trade here. You get your old position back, which you love. And that other teacher gets your current Kindergarten position, which, even if she doesn’t love, she won’t love any less than the special education position. Would the school system let you do it if you were both in agreement about the trade? (That is, if nothing changes between now and the beginning of the school year?)

  5. That IS frustrating! At least in my district I can’t be bumped out of my current job by someone else unless they are letting me go. So thankfully there’s that! I too am stressed about the start of the school year…for very different reasons of course. I think this year has the potential to be really great for both of us…it just seems like it’s off to a rocky start!

  6. My mom has dealt with similar issues in her district in Oregon (which also can’t afford shit). She’s been bounced between grades a few times AND had her previous school CLOSED due to lack of enrollment and cost, so they had to squeeze her and the other teachers into the other schools. I do not envy you at all, but hopefully the excitement of the babies is keeping your spirits up!

  7. It’s really sad how teacher jobs have been cut. I don’t live in the US but I also read another teacher’s blog (Just A Titch) who lost her job this past spring also.
    Nilsa’s suggestion sounds good. Is there any way you could trade positions with the teacher who got your job? Or are they not paid the same amount? Because right now it sounds like you both have a job you’re not 100% happy with and it could be much better if you swap.

  8. Yuck! It sounds like you will get your job back once the government gets off its butt at least. I totally understand not being able to prepare for the school year though, that really sucks. I hope it all works out!

  9. I think this would be an extremely frustrating situation if you weren’t pregnant, but just ready to get back to work! Being pregnant with twins and dealing with all those pains & issues & happiness can be very stressful, I would think, and just add on not knowing your job situation yet!

    It’s sad that education has taken such a backseat to other concerns. Teachers are treated like garbage and there is seemingly no concern for the students and their well-being. It’s awful.

    I do hope you get your situation all figured out..AND SOON!

  10. That is just beyond frustrating, and you know the minute you start prepping your k-class you’ll get the call you’ve gotten your old job back (which I’m sure you’d be excited about even if you did prep) but you know what I mean. Ugh, you’ve got a late on your plate right now and I hope someone can give you some direction soon!! And I can’t believe you’re 30 weeks, ahh!!!

  11. It’s too bad you and the other lady (who had never taught special education) couldn’t…I don’t know…just switch places? :p That would certainly make more sense since you haven’t had the experience in FOREVER.

    I am sending you lots of hugs right now and prayers.

    PS: Got your thank you card this week. You have such nice handwriting. 😀

  12. Geez… that sounds like a crappy situation, to say the least. When are you supposed to know for sure? Or is there a specific date? I’d go crazy waiting.

  13. Crossing my fingers for you!!

  14. Ugh! I’m so sorry you have to deal with this. It really pisses me off that teachers get treated crappy because in my opinion they have the most important jobs! Fingers crossed that you hear something soon!

  15. I could leave you a rambling, angry rant about politicians screwing over educators, the stupidity of seniority at schools, and the ridiculousness of not letting teachers know the things they need to know to…you know…do their jobs well, because I’m sure you already know it, so instead, I will say, I understand your frustration and will keep my fingers crossed that it gets cleared up soon!

  16. I’m really sorry to hear how sucky stuff is with work. I can only imagine how frustrating that is. Keeping you in my thoughts.

  17. That is so rediculous! Your situation makes me angry. Like many have already said, it seems like you and the other teacher ought to see if you can switch if the funding doesn’t come through. I will keep praying that it does! You deserve to be in a position that you love and do well. Hang in there!

  18. I can’t imagine how frustrating this must be! I hate that money is going to unnecessary things when it could be going to our education system. I hope you find something out soon.

  19. Suckfest, indeed. And sadly, though I only know what you’re going through from an outsider’s perspective, I completely get it because similar things happened in this area last year, to the school district I regularly cover for the newspaper. It’s all messy and complicated, and downright unfortunate. The focus should be on kids, above anything, yet politicians simply don’t see that.

  20. Goodness! I had no idea it was that complex and that there is a chance you can have your old job back! I’d be super stressed out too and constantly checking my email. Hope things get straightened out for you soon. Thinking of you!

  21. Saw your tweet with the good news that your job is back!

    It’s interesting to hear it from your point of you (and frustrating). I end up seeing it from the DC point of view – watching Senators of a certain party hold up funding to restore millions of really important positions like yours, but willing to fund tax breaks of $100k to millionaires without any pause. 🙁

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