I guess I always thought going into teaching that I would be in the "safe" profession. I mean after all, someone is always retiring, going on to a bigger, better job, staying home with their baby, or just wanting a change from teaching in the classroom to maybe administration. But, I guess I was wrong. Even in seemingly recession proof Texas we are facing some really tough times. We met as a faculty on Friday and our principal told us that things are more dire than our district once thought. There will be many changes, higher class sizes, instructional coaches switched to classroom teachers, and newly hired teachers will have little control of the campus that they will end up on iF they have positions at all. For those teachers that are on improvement plans because of a variety of reasons... classroom management, instructional deficits, etc., they probably will not have a job at all. Right now they are saying that everyone will have a job unless there is a need for termination. Ummmm... What does that mean? I am not concerned about my job, but I look at our hopeful student teachers and wonder what they are thinking and feeling. I still believe that there will be some opportunities for new teachers. There is always turn over and one of my teaching friends is talking about changing careers because the teaching profession is so demanding of her personal life. It has really affected her relationship with her husband and she does not feel like a good mother because she constantly takes work home and puts her family on the back burner instead of making them a priority. With all the demands from special needs students, keeping documentation on struggling students, and trying to get your whole class not only to pass our state test but to get commended on our state test, it takes a toll on your personal life. hmy: I guess because Texas seemed fairly untouched by all the drama that has faced the rest of the world, I was shocked that we are facing such dire times in our near future. I guess we all need to get vocal and tell our legislators that education must be a priority. But honestly, I feel so beat down from our cheery Friday afternoon "good news-bad news" speech that I am feeling too overwhelmed to do anything other than reel in the news.