This week I was informed by mail from the law firm that represents the charter school I worked at for two months that my teaching license is going to be suspended for one year because I left before my 60-day waiting period was up. The hearing is probably going to be in a few weeks. I started working at the school in early November. In late December, I informed the administration that I was no longer interested in working for them. The school had misrepresented themselves as a college prep school when in fact most of the students that were in the school were 2-3 years behind. It's a non-union school with a hellacious workload for the teachers and most of the teachers were miserable. At the end of the previous school year, 18 out of 25-30 staff members were let go, so the school was basically starting over. Not to mention that it created a culture of fear and intimidation. The students were simply not ready for school. 50% of the seniors had not passed the state-mandated exam for graduation (this is New Jersey). The school uses data-driven instruction, which means that all the students take standardized tests three times a year and the results from these tests are used to drive instruction. If the students do not demonstrate ability with topics you have already taught, you have to go back and teach them again. The juniors are taking the state exams for the first time in March. 70% of them did not pass the last mock math exam in January. I was teaching an Algebra II honors course with 10 students. 5 of them did not demonstrate proficiency on the exam. Had I stayed, I would have had to abandon the Algebra II curriculum in order to go back over topics they should have learned before they got to me. I have an e-mail saved from the math department chair stating that these juniors did not receive instruction in 5 chapters of Algebra I and two chapters of Geometry and could you make sure that you cover them in addition to the Algebra II curriculum before the state exam? The previous teacher was fired the Friday before I was interviewed. I was interviewed on a Monday and was offered the job the same day. I started on Wednesday. I knew I shouldn't have taken the job, but I was desperate. I just had a bad feeling about the place. Anyway, back to the resignation. When I returned from Christmas break, I asked to see a copy of my contract. The business manager came to my classroom with a blank contract and said I needed to sign it. I said I would look at it and get back to him later. He found me next period (by now, he was looking a little anxious) and I said I wouldn't sign (remember, the contract was blank - I still have it). He didn't look too happy and said if I didn't sign, I couldn't work there anymore. I said OK, tell the CEO I'll leave at the end of the day. The CEO held a math dept meeting in his office later that day regarding tutoring because of the bad math scores. He asked everyone in the dept except for me when they could teach (they were asking for M-F 3-6 pm and Sat mornings). He also saw me in the hallway later that day and didn't say anything to me. I left at the end of the day and sent him an e-mail stating I wasn't coming back again because they failed to offer me a contract in a timely manner. The next day he sent me a nasty e-mail and said I didn't care about my students and that I didn't deserve to have a teaching license. Last week, I received an e-mail from the business manager demanding that I pay them over $1000 because now they are claiming that they overpaid me. They aren't going to take no for an answer. Then the law firm. I'm about ready to give up on teaching. This is my fourth job in five years and I have had it with all the dishonesty and nastiness. I have also decided that should my license get suspended, I am considering voluntarily surrendering my teaching license, because frankly it just isn't worth the heartache anymore, and besides, no one will ever hire a teacher who's been suspended anyway, so what's the point? I'm 46 and I don't know what I'm going to do with the rest of my life. Thanks for reading this far.