Even Teachers are being Laid-Off
I have been unemployed since August 2008, and I have been substituting as a method of networking within the school district while I complete the requirements to become a licensed teacher. My aunt retired from the same school district and accepted the request to return to the classroom; and she kept assuring me (in a nonchalant manner) that I would find employment for the 2009-2010 school year. Well, I am learning that fate is cruel.
The past month I have been glued to the local newspaper to learn how the school district has to cut positions for the 2009-2010 school year. The newspaper articles continue to flip back-and-forth from “teachers” being laid-off to “employees.” Therefore, it is obvious that the school district does not know what to do at this time. To make sure I am not missing the clues from the articles, I discuss the situation with my aunt all the time, and she told me not to worry about it. Therefore, my concern shifted to her stability once the school district announced they were considering eliminating “double dippers,” retired teachers who receive regular pay plus their retirement when returning to the classroom. When I tried to discuss the last article in detail with her, she brushed it off and finished packing for her vacation. As she drove off June 5th to wrap up business at church prior to taking vacation, I checked her mailbox only to find a letter from the school district. I admit that I held it to the light long enough to learn that she was in jeopardy of not having a position next year as promised last month, so I immediately ran inside the house to tell my other aunt since she was accompanying my aunt on the vacation.
My aunt and I decided to wait until she returns from vacation to give her the letter, because we know it will be her last. I hid the letter upstairs for the time being, and I am not prepared to deliver the bad news. Meanwhile, my aunt is going to discourage her from spending heavily during her vacation without telling her what is going on. Unbelievably, it gets worse.
The fate of another relative in the same school district caught me by surprise. While I am waiting for my aunt to return home to learn her fate, another aunt’s nephew (on her maternal side) received the same Dear John letter an hour after closing on his first home. He was assured last month that he would have a teaching position next school year, so he went house hunting to confirm his decision to settle down in this area. Now he is anxious while feeling betrayed.
With all this said, I began the process to apply to teach in the United Kingdom instead.
This post was submitted by Lita.