I had a horrible year last year. Our school went through 3 principals, with the last being totally evil. (For example, she began her introduction to us by saying, I could have chosen to hire an entirely new staff, but I decided to work with you guys.) Days after she came on, I had decided not to come back the following year (this was in November). My fiance and I wanted to move back near his family and I was going to pursue my PhD. Days before my job ended, there was a newspaper story written about our school (a big name charter, part of a national organization), in which the principal blamed issues on the "original staff" and made it sound as if she fired us all. There were a lot of upset people and our business manager found out through the newspaper that she would not have a job for the following school year. Well, now another article was published (a friend sent it to me) and it is about the poor test scores from our school compared to awesome ones from another charter. Again, she eludes to the fact that it was all on the teachers! I have no trouble accepting responsibility, however there is some responsibility to be taken by the school and organization as well. I was hired to teach ELA, which was what I had experience in! A week in, I was switched to a social studies teacher! I had no experience (which wasn't a big deal) AND we did not have any textbooks. I had no idea to what depth I needed to cover parts of history. I was hand creating all readings and assignments, coupled with me being completely miserable. In addition, it was the grade where students are initially taking the Social Studies standardized tests. I had to try to cover 3 years of Social Studies content (most elementary teachers don't teach Social Studies because it is not tested). The kids did better on Social Studies than they did Math or Science and the same as reading. I just hate this principal for taking the easy way out and wholly blaming this on us! The kids saw 2 different principals (one who was a talented leader and a black male (the kids desperately needed a strong black male role model)) leave them. They saw teachers being berated by the principal on a daily basis. They went through numerous schedule changes from December through June. It just makes me so mad.