My school district has already let us know that there are more cuts coming. Big ones. To personnel.
And it’s not just my school district that plans on breaking out the hatchet. More teachers are going to lose their jobs and I’ve even heard that some districts are talking about a 10-12% pay cut on top of drastic personnel cuts.
At what point does the public refuse to accept this?
At what point do we refuse?
At my school, we took a 3% pay cut this year, furlough days, and lost a heck of a lot of teachers. Forget the lesser resources, no school nurse or librarian, an unfilled AP position, and more impacted classrooms.
BTW, lots of schools did likewise.
Question: Would you come back to work next year for 12% less pay, even less resources, and an even greater workload that is comprised of higher expectations with even less support? Are we powerless because they have the ability to hold our livelihoods over us or are we able to stand up and say no more?
Across the country, the web (this ning) allows us the opportunity to mobilize in a manner unlike any we have ever before seen.
Therefore, at what point do we refuse to accept the terms that are becoming more and more and more unacceptable?
Is a Tornado Sized National Teacher Strike Brewing? How Far can Teachers Be Pushed?
It could be done, ya know. And it would be historical.
Is push about to come to shove in 2010?
BTW, we could simply stop testing for 3 years and allow those billions to remain in the system to fund the actual “teaching” that the schools are supposed to do. Anyone notice how testing has not been cut while everything else has? Hmmm… I wonder who is making a financial killing off of that right now?