getting out of a contract

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  1. sciencegurl

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    I was laid off last spring and took a LTS position at a district an hour from my house. I signed a contract for the LTS position and school starts in 1 week. Today, my home school calls me back for a 1.0 middle school position (I have call back rights for 2 years). I have to take this. I know there is a penalty to pay to get out of my contract. Anyone BTDT and can offer advice? I'm freaking out a bit about calling the principal at the school where I have my LTS position (I'm waiting until the AM after I know my new position has board approval).
     
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  3. smalltowngal

    smalltowngal Multitudinous

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    I backed out of my contract at the end of July. No penalties.
     
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    Your contract should specify what (or if) you have to pay in penalties.
     
  5. sciencegurl

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    It does---$750. How did the principal react when you backed out??
     
  6. Kangaroo22

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    Last year I resigned from a position in the middle of the year to move back home. My principal was disappointed that I was leaving, but understood why. I think that if you just explain that you want to move back into a tenure-track position that is closer for you, then they would probably understand.
     
  7. sciencegurl

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    Well everything went well. The staff at the school I was resigning at was very supportive. Now on to a LTS position for Middle School Science (8th grade). Should be fun and interesting!
     
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    So did you have to pay anything to get out of your contract? Good luck!!!
     
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    I may have this problem too if I get the TA position I interview for on Friday. I just signed a contract for my LTS position today; didn't even know it was a contract - it was a single sheet of bright yellow copy paper, lol. Don't know what contracts usually look like but I wasn't expecting that. Anyway, I'm not worried because it said that I had 14 days if I wanted/needed to get out of it.
     
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    I'm glad that it went well for you!
     
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    Glad to hear it went well. Good luck with your new position.
     
  12. Youreapeach

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    I have questions on this as well. I signed a temp contract for this school year. I taught Resource last year, but due to cuts, was bumped and left without a job. Then, one came up teaching a middle school self-contained class and I interviewed and got it. At first I was just so happy and thankful to have a job that I didn't think too much about my lack of experience and how totally unprepared I would be for this job! School starts Monday, and I'm seriously debating about what to do. If I leave, can I ever get a teaching job again, or will I have a black mark on me forever?? I have great references from my previous principle and psychologist, but they are in the same district. I'm afraid if I leave like this, they'll be so mad when they hear through the grapevine, that I'll get horrible reviews. Also, there really are no jobs out there right now. I am not sure what I'll do if I don't find another job. I'm so torn, but honestly I haven't slept in days, can't eat and literally feel sick to my stomach at the thought of taking on this job.
    Please give your thoughts on this!
     

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