Our school recently had a meeting in which the budget cuts were discussed and ideas tossed about how to cut corners locally. In addition to lowering the temp on heaters and turning off lights whenever not in our rooms, we were told that furloughs were to be expected for this coming year. We were also told that we would probably lose at least one teacher per department with the entire school going back to a 7 period day in order for the rest of the teachers to fill the vacancy of the one who was let go. So if they did keep me (which is doubtful since I was the last hired), I would be looking at teaching six classes with a fifty minute planning period which will probably be lost to duties (right now I spend 30 min. during my planning monitoring a hallway during lunch) or covering another class. Subs were the next thing on the list. One teacher today was told that she might get request for leave for her medical appointment approved. More than likely teachers will need to expect to cover other classes during their planning in lieu of a sub. Classes would have close to 38 students per teacher, but they'll still expect to see a steady increase in passing test scores. In the meantime, thousands of dollars in government funds will be put towards a breastfeeding classroom where pregnant teens can be taught to breastfeed and store their milk during the day. Two teacher-student liasons were hired to mediate and be an outlet for students. And a four thousand dollar poster maker was purchased so that ALL of our standards could be "blown up" and wallpapered in our rooms. I'll probably be the one they let go...unless they finally get our department head to retire. But I have to say, I'm not sure I'll be all that upset when it happens. Not if it's going down like this. My only regret is that if I can't fine employment in this poor job market, I might end up severely messing up my credit until I could get back on my feet.