gap in probationary license and standard license

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  1. 4815162342

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    So, it seems I'll have a month gap in between my probationary license before my standard license can be submitted from my alt. cert. program. They won't submit it until my balance is paid in full, but i have one payment in Aug left. I can't pay it now because I just don't have that much extra money.
    School starts Aug 24th. So it would technically be like a week that I wouldn't be licensed.
    Could this cause me to lose my teaching position?
     
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  3. SummerIsTooLong

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    It really depends on your state and your district. Last year when I was re-certifying the State Dept of Ed was so behind that I didn't even know if I would have a certificate when school started (even though I'd turned in all my paperwork months prior). I talked to my district and made them aware of it and they were fine, knowing that it would come soon enough and that other teachers in my district were in the same position I was.
     
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    In my state yes, this would probably cost me my job with the public school system I work in. Or at the very least unpaid leave until it gets solved.
     
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    Honestly, something else would have to be late. I would pay the remaining fee ASAP. I would not risk a mishap this close to acquisition of my standard certificate and gainful employment. Perhaps because NJ is a tough, competitive state, I would not want to give my employer any reason to doubt that I am the perfect person for the job they offered you.
     
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    I don't usually condone using credit cards, but in this situation, I would especially since the balance remaining is not much (I'm imagining). Can you borrow money from your parents?
    You can get a sub license but that also costs money. The fact is that the school cannot have someone alone in a classroom full of students that is not certified.
     
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    Well paying it in full before school starts is 100% not an option.
    I can get my probationary extended for another $2000 (paid to the acp), so that's what i have to do.
    the way they set my automated payments up has the last one being the end of August, but it should have been end of July. I didn't realize the license expired beginning of August until too late or I would have just paid more each month to begin with.
    my guess is they do this on purpose to sucker people into that extra $2000.
    Oh well.
     
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    Not being from Texas, how much money are we talking about? Now I am intrigued.
     
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    Before you do that, call your principal and see if they can work with you. They may hire you as a long term sub or something until it gets resolved in September.
     
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    $2000 to renew your license? Your university is charging this? For what? I am super confused.

    To answer your question, my certificate expired on June 30, 2015. In January, I received a letter from my district that if I did not have my renewal completed by June 30, my employment would be terminated. So a gap in certification would have cost me my job without a doubt.
     
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    The balance is a little over $800.
    With it being the month of school supplies, clothes, etc (i have a 10th and a 7th grader) I just cant part with that much money.
    And yes, $2000 to extend my probationary license. Its not a "university", just an alternative certification program. To get my standard license i have to have 180 days in a classroom, finish all tests, pay the balance in full, get observed, and apply for my standard (it was around $70 paid to the state).
    I've completed all of that except my acp balance because it was just set up on automatic monthly deduction.
     
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    I will call the school I was hired at on Monday and see what they have to say. I will add that it is a charter school, so maybe they can work with me.
     
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    I'm confused. You'll extend your probationary license for $2000 but not the standard license for $800?

    A charter school may be more flexible, I know they are around here.
     
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    In Texas, I'm almost certain you do not have to be certified to work at a charter as the teacher of record.

    Either way, for only $800 I'd put that on a credit card before I'd dish out another 2000 for another year. That's ridiculous. There are MANY cards available right now, even if you have bad credit. With the economy somewhat decent here in Texas, you'll find banks are getting more lenient about borrowers.
     
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    I went through Texas Teachers as well. It's only 2,000 if you have to repeat your intern year and they have to do observations. I had to extend mine which was only like $350 plus the licensing fee to TEA. I started mid year at a school and didn't get a chance to finish and take my PPR test. I would assume as long as TT has approved everything and you are just waiting on payments the school should be able to work with you.
     
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    Lol, I assume the 2000 can be put into payments still., just added to the total cost But obviously if its up front then it would be a no go.
     
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    That would be a lot of extra money.
    Have you looked into a loan at your bank/credit union? My credit union always does promotions like 'summer loans' and 'Christmas loans'. You basically get $1,000 that you pay back as $99 a month for 11 months and a final 12th payment of $59. So you pay roughly $150 in interest over a year. I'd take an extra $150 over $2,000 any day! With my credit union you automatically qualify without a credit check as long as you have direct deposit.
     
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    Hmmmm. I would still make whatever sacrifices to get the $800 paid. I know it's a good chunk of change but just get it done. Much better to be safe than sorry. Definitely look into getting a CC or small personal loan. Or reach out to family you'd be surprised who might help out.

    Good Luck with what you decide!

    Also just want to add maybe you should play those numbers on your screen name. You never know, it worked for Hurley :lol:
     
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    I agree with everyone else. Find a way to pay the $800 now. Paying the $2000, even if over an extended period of time, is just not a good idea when you could pay less than half of that and be done. Pay for your certification now, and buy your kids new clothes next month. You'll be in a much tougher position financially if you let this job fall through because you choose to allocate the money to something that could wait instead of paying for your certificate.
     

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