A teacher named Tim sent us the following. A few details have been changed to protect the innocent.
I was put in excess after working at the The Founding Fathers Academy beginning the last day of February, 2011. I started the 2010-2011 school year at Oil and Vinegar Academy and quickly asked to get out of there. It took until February. I was on ATR status after coming out of the rubber room in August of 2010. Both schools last year were nightmare experiences. At Founding Fathers I was teaching in 4 rooms with three preps, no class set of text books or other teaching tools, and I was the class's 4th teacher that year. Oil and Vinegar has no rules for students or teachers alike.
As for job-searching, I sent the requests through the required websites and received no responses. Friends who went to the job fairs told me they were a waste.
I am a high school social studies teacher and was placed at Cooper HS. I have been assigned to the dean's office and have been told I will serve in the SAVE room my entire schedule; the room will be located in the auditorium. The school is sort of a mess; the principal seems OK but he plays the typical DOE game and being a transformation school, it is jumping through all kinds of hoops. I have no real preference if they leave me there or send me elsewhere; it may be interesting to see all the different ways the DOE can find to screw up schools.
To be honest, I am trying to get through this school year and transition out. This is my 16th year.
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