My district paid for me to attend a PD conference this weekend. I was all set to go tomorrow, with a sub lined up, hotel reserved, and my plans all ready. My P stopped me after school and said that because there's a shortage of subs in my district, and other people have already taken sick days for tomorrow, I will have to stay home. Is this typical? The registration fees aren't refundable, so they're losing that money. They don't want me to cancel my sub so they can use him or her tomorrow. My P actually said that they probably would have called me in the morning anyway, whether I was on my way to the conference or not, to tell me to come back. The whole thing is very disappointing. I'm 99% sure they're not renewing my contract next year, so it's hard not to take it personally. Part of me thinks it IS personal, knowing my P. Anyone with insight as to whether or not this is would happen in another district?