This year my illinios public school was one of the few schools to stay open all year. To be able to do this they had to hire several new teachers to cover the smaller class sizes. In the past two years I have not taken but 1 sick day, and 1 personal day. I arrive early and leave late. My evaluations are proficient with a few excellents. My professional record has no documentation about issues. I have never been called in for a meeting or emailed. This year my school in non-renewing several teachers some of whom are non-tenured but have experience and MS degrees. The RIFed all the new hires for covid. So I showed up to work life every day. Adjusted my teaching assignment for the covid schedule. And then they tell me I am non-renewed. Okay...no reason. But then they tell me I must resign to avoid termination and IF I resign they will give me a letter of recommendation. What is that? I don't want to resign. I just want to finish the year on a non-renewal. Why can't I do that? Is this lawful? IMy union rep told me there was nothing I could do and that I should just resign. I don't feel like she is helping me either. Am I allowed to ask them what my grounds for termination would be? Is that a slippery slope? Some thanks huh?