My wife graduated from a very well regarded University in the Midwest. She accepted a position last summer for a Kindergarten job in East Tennessee. The Friday on the week before school ended, the Principal called her into her office for end of the year review. I had a weird feeling about it because every other teacher had their review in the morning. Hers was the only one in the afternoon. And sure enough she was told she wasn't being renewed. It came as a complete shock for numerous reasons. First, everyone kept telling her she was good because she had got a piece of paper that she signed for the intent to teach at the school for 2014-2015. Another reason is allegedly Tennessee says that they have to be notified by a specific date of non-renewal. I thought it was April 15th? Anyway, Tennessee started a new rule on evaluations. You get 2 announced and 2 unannounced evaluations. The Principal does 2 and the Asst does 2. I think it's a terrible idea to have them do them, I think it needs to be someone from the school board office with no ties to either the teacher or principals. And I think the principals need the same evaluations on them. Anyway, my wife got an overall evaluation of 3/5 which is considered rock solid teaching. I thought that was very good for her first year out of college. All her co-workers said they never got that good of evaluations their first year. Now, my wife worked her butt off. She got up at 4:45am, was to the school by 5:30, brought all her work home, and worked all day on Sunday. I would be a liar if I said she worked less than 80 hours a week. She also spent a lot of money on her kids because it was kids from broken homes. Also, the end of the year tests(yup the poor little Kinders have to take 'THE TEST', too)she had the highest test scores of anyone in the Kindergarten team(6 teachers). As I mentioned, her overall evaluation was a 3/5. This is taking into account that her 4th and final evaluation(done by the principal) was over teamwork and lesson planning and she was given a 1. Now here is the funny thing. All the other Kindergarten teachers were given 5's. All the Kindergarten team stayed after school every Tuesday for 2-3 hours and did their lesson plans together. THEY WERE THE SAME LESSON PLANS. And my wife did more for the school then they did. She donated way more of her time. Any fundraisers, etc. my wife was a lot of the time the only K teacher there. So talk about shady. That leads me to believe that my wife wasn't supposed to get that paper and that the principal knew all along she was going to non-renew her and it would look worse if she non-renewed a teacher with a 4/5 evaluation so she purposely gave her a 1. Like I said, all the other teachers got 5's and they all did the same work. My wife went back 3 times to try to get a straight answer from the principal and never could. She went to the Superintendent who wouldn't do anything either. Why? Because he goes to the church that the principal's husband is the pastor of so they are all BFF's. Yup, welcome to the bible belt. Almost all the teachers at this school go to that church. We don't because we aren't religious. I honestly think it was personal and religion based and I think the principal tried to ruin her career over it because my wife was never given any warnings, nothing. Just out of the blue, called in, and said non-renewed 5 days before the end of school. In fact, up until then the assistant principal kept telling her how great she was doing and so did all the tenured teachers. Oh, and the principal has been there 6 years, and every year the teacher in my wife's classroom has been non-renewed. Yeah, try to understand that one. Sorry for the rambling, it just irks me to no end that my wife worked her tail off through college, then worked her tail off for this school, only to have it all wrecked by a psycho principal on a power trip. Which leads me to this, what are her options? We are toward the end of July and she still has no job for the fall and no prospects. I commend her for wanting to stick with it, she didn't apply for unemployment and has been applying all over the place. But I still am wondering if she should consult with a lawyer or if it's a waste of time. It's sad what these principals are allowed to get away with. Why even have these evaluations if they aren't followed correctly?