Sorry, but my school just pink-slipped four amazing teachers because they were non-tenured. I understand that the budgets are being cut everywhere, but it sickens me that seniority prevails over performance during lay offs. This is who we got rid of: Bi-lingual second AND third grade teachers. Wonderful ladies with such creativity and enthusiasm. Our school is majority spanish-speaking and their rooms are a haven for new ELLs who are afraid to come to school. FIRED. Girls basketball coach and middle school math teacher. We don't need male role models for kids who mostly don't have fathers in their lives...or good math teachers....Oh, and he has three kids. FIRED. Ex-military man turned 8th grade educator superstar! I call him Mr. Serious Business. I envy his management. He's tough on kids, but their other options are tougher, and he's seen so many kids off to good high schools. FIRED. Staying: The teacher who never shows up and talks on her phone when she decides to come to work. The teacher that berates students and makes racist comments openly in the classroom. The teacher that throws all homework away because she doesn't feel like grading it. The teacher that lets kids climb the walls because she can't control her class. The non-educational movie and busy work-junkie. And they're BRAGGING about it while people's lives have been ripped out from underneath them. Sensitive, much? Have fun next year struggling with 40+ kids in one room!