Care to join my Rum, Tums, and Depression Club???

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  1. Beth561

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    Hey STG-
    I think that people are beginning to understand how dire the job market is for us. Instead of being asked: Why I can't get a job, I'm finally being told of the economic reasons for the lack of jobs down here in Florida and in Texas and Cal.Although it doesn't make us feel better,nor does it help our situation it does, at the very least,alleviate the onus we put on ourselves to explain our unemployment status.
    I was just sent this article and all I can say is that it is shameful.

    500 Teachers and 1000 Dallas ISD Employees Have Been FIRED

    By Melissa Q, published Oct 17, 2008

    The Dallas Independent school district has hit an 89 million dollar accounting snag. How an 89 million dollar short fall can be considered a snag is beyond me, but many television reports were calling the huge mistake a snag. Perhaps the word snag was being used in a joking or sarcastic matter but for the 500 teachers who have now lost their jobs due to a major accounting error, I doubt that this is a joking matter. The latest round of lay offs is not going to be the last. A total of 1000 Dallas ISD employees will have to loose their jobs due to this "massive miscalculation" in the district's budget for this year.

    Dallas ISD laid off 375 teachers Thursday October 16, 2008. This was 88 fewer teacher than first expected, and this was due to the generosity of 88 teacher who were willing to take early retirement in order to spare the jobs of their colleagues. This story first broke over a month ago when Dallas area students returned to school from summer break. Now almost 2 months into the school year thousands of students will have to be shuffled to other classes and some to other schools because they will no longer have a teacher. Michael Hinojosa the superintendent has been put on notice by the school board. Although he has been put on notice this does not mean that his job is at risk, although many Dallas area residents are calling for his job. As many residents have to explain to their children how an accounting mistake has now changed the dynamic of the entire school year and perhaps their lives, they are left wondering why the no one not even the superintendent had no idea that this accounting mistake was looming and eventually allowed to happen.

    The sad thing about this situation, is that the already struggling school district has yet another stain on their reputation and so far the only people who are going to pay the price for this enormous mistake are the children of DISD, who are already stuffed into over crowed class rooms and many poor quality schools.
     
  2. MATgrad

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    When those teachers file for unemployment, that district is going to be hit with a major increase in their unemployment insurance. There was an article about my old district getting a 50% rate increase because of the large increase in claims. It truly is despicable what happened to those teachers. Before I got my education degree, I worked as an economist for a bond agency. These are some truly rough times. Unfortunately, government agencies are not doing what they really need to do which is increasing spending on social services. I think we will hear of more districts/schools doing mass cuts because of budgets or even declaring financial insolvency. In Florida, the school board association is trying to see if they can sue the state for all the cuts they've made.

    I still haven't heard anything back from my interview. I called the school and they still haven't made a decision. ARGH!! I need to buy stock in the Captain and Tums.
     
  3. MATgrad

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    Not a good day. I forgot to pay the mortgage and now it's going to cost us a $35 late fee. Stupid, stupid, stupid me!!

    Must go bang head on wall.
     
  4. smalltowngal

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    Ugh MAT! I'm sorry. Does your mortgage not have a grace period? Ours is due on the 1st of every month, but as long as we get it in by the 16th, there is no late fee.

    It hasn't been a very good start to the week for me either. I'm hoping that next week is better. I'm taking the Science test for 4-8 certification and interviews should start or a financial admin clerk at the local HS.
     
  5. NEFLteacher

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    Big interview for 1st grade position today. I went this morning and got a new cute bob haircut and new blouse for the interview. Trying to boost my inner confidence! Drinking the caffeine as fast as I can to keep up my enthusiastic nature. Last interview was so nervous and exhausted I just clammed up. We'll see if it helps!
     
  6. smalltowngal

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    Good luck!!!
     
  7. NEFLteacher

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    i think it went well. They didn't ask me much, they let me do all the questioning and talking. I wouldn't have my own class, but I would move around the grade working with groups. The school doesn't have physical space for another room but needs teacher for class size ratio. They are building another school nearby so I most likely would get one next year. Going to write a thankyou letter to express my enthusiasm and desire. Keeping my fingers crossed that this may be my chance!
     
  8. smalltowngal

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    That sounds like a good interview. I will pray that good news is coming your way! And just think? Though you don't have your own classroom this year, you can gather ideas from teachers whose rooms you are in for next year. And your classroom will be brand new!
     
  9. NEFLteacher

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    It was just weird b/c normally I get very technical Q's. I felt very comfortable and the P/VP were very personable with me....let everyone know know as soon as I hear!
     
  10. DHE

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    Best wishes to you, I am glad that you were comfortable. This seems like a good sign to me.
     
  11. MATgrad

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    Sounds very promising! Remember they're not only looking to see if you can do the job. They're also looking to see if you'll fit in with the staff.
     
  12. smalltowngal

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    Someone kick me in the pants so I can get going!!!
     
  13. MATgrad

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    Here's a kick from Florida! Get up, get dressed and get ready for the day. :)

    I got an odd call yesterday. It was from the P at the school I interviewed with before. P asked if I was interested in an ESE position. Well duh, of course I said that I was. P me they would schedule later in the week and asked if I had a preference for time. P was not at school and said secretary would call later this week. I told them whatever was most convenient for them. Now I'm waiting for them to pick a time and day!! Another ARGH!!
     
  14. smalltowngal

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    At least you have positions to apply for. I don't even have that!!
     
  15. MATgrad

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    Me and 200 other fruitcakes going for the same two or three. Oh well, tomorrow is the new ad week for Publix and that means I get to go grocery shopping. After all tomorrow is just another day!
     

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