Ah, precious Tuesday... Enjoy it while you can, Dallas teachers. May I humbly suggest that you check out this week's Mr. Teacher column on education.com, titled "Benchmark This!!" It is of course all about the frustrations of district benchmark testing, which we underwent last week.
Also, for anyone who has not yet signed it, I've got a really nifty piece of gadgety Guestbook down at the bottom of my page. All you folks coasting in to read, please sign it before you head out!
Now down to brass tacks...
Tomorrow is going to SUCK. It is going to be atrocious. Hellacious. God-awful. Battlefield Earth-esque.
Tomorrow is the day that the news comes down about who stays, who moves, and who loses their job.
The other day, one of the kids in Mrs. Math's class asked her what was going on, since his parents had been talking about the news. So Mrs. Math explained how the district had made some mathematical mistakes when adding money. The student said, "But we've been adding money all week! Why can't THEY add money??"
There's been a lot of speculation and rumors about how things are going to play out. They range from the wildly fanciful --
"I heard that teachers will be taken down to the principal's office, told they're out of a job, and then beheaded right there!!!"
"I heard they're breaking out the tar and feathers!"
"I heard that they would be fired and then forced to eat those Halloween Circus Peanut candies, which I swear are just orange spray painted styrofoam!"
To the mundane --
"Teachers will be told and then they have to go right back to their class and keep teaching."
To the utterly ridiculous --
"Teachers that are reassigned to another school are expected to be at that school, teaching their new class, on Thursday."
I know someone at another school who says that teachers who are let go will be escorted from the building right then and there, subs will cover those classes, and the teachers will not be allowed back until after school.
I hate to think that these poor teachers (who have done absolutely nothing wrong other than to work for a district that can't handle money properly) would be shown such little dignity or respect, but it may just happen.
For anyone NOT going through this right now, please keep us in your thoughts and prayers...
Tuesday night: 7:30
Got an email through the district server that says they've decided to push the layoffs back a day to Thursday. So all that stuff I said above? Yeah, just take it and reapply it to Thursday. Only throw in Parent-Teacher Conference Night for good measure.
As Seth Meyers and Amy Poehller would say, "REALLY, DISD?? REALLY??"