They're trying to kill us!

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  1. scholarteacher

    scholarteacher Connoisseur

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    You should see our district's calendar for the next two school years. Going up from 180 to 185 days, school day extended 45 minutes (they started that this year), and only ONE teacher work day between the first day of school and the last. And no raise iin 3 years. Do they think this is the answer to low test scores?!
     
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  3. Croissant

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    RUN!

    Really, though, that's insane! How long is your school day with the 45 minute increase??
     
  4. mopar

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    I've heard that our calendar is pretty long. We usually have 187 schools days and are in school for 7 hours for students and 7.75 hours for teachers a day.
     
  5. chebrutta

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    Hmm... we work 7.5 hours; the kids are in school 6.5 hours (they actually cut the kids' day length a couple of years ago); we work 196; kids attend 180.

    Can they increase your days and # of hours per day without changing your salary?
     
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    mopar Multitudinous

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    They can if there is a new contract written. We can only have our working conditions changed with a new contract.
     
  7. queenie

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    We teach 200 days for 7.5 hrs; kids attend 180 days for about 7 hrs...
     
  8. KinderCowgirl

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    Wow! That is scary. They are talking about extending our day as well, but it's so they can run all the schools (elem/ms/hs) on the same schedule and save transportation costs. We have schools still in session over Spring Break-to yes, prepare for testing.
     
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    Our kids attend for 7.5 hours. Teacher contract time is 8 hours. It is a LONG day. Recess/lunch is also only 35 minutes total for both combined.
     
  10. czacza

    czacza Multitudinous

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    Was there new contract negotiations with these changes?
     
  11. stargirl

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    I know my school district has been floating the idea of extending the school day for the past few years, but since the union would fight them doing this without increasing pay so far it hasn't amounted to anything (thankfully).
    I teach upper elementary, but even so, by the end of the day most of the kids just need a break. Can't imagine how that would be for the really young students.
     
  12. Rockguykev

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    Come to California. We have so little money that we've cut to 175 days and are considering a cut to 170. As long as you run your state out of money there's no risk of ever having to do more work.
     
  13. MissCeliaB

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    Sure there is. Our budget is being cut, so we are changing from 8 periods to 7 next year. Right now, we each teach 6 out of 8 periods, which gives us 90 minutes of planning a day. Next year, we will teach 6 out of 7 periods, giving us 45 minutes of planning a day, and over what I think is the legal number of students we can see each day. I'm sure they've found a way around that, though. As a result of this, dozens of teachers will be laid off, at a savings of about 15 million dollars, and more work with less time for the rest of us.
     
  14. Enseignante<3

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    We work about 7.5 a day (8:25-3:40), every Monday is an additional hour, so 8.5. The kids are here about 7. Monday's can be loooong days because I'm a morning person. I get here at about 7:30, regardless of the extra hour after. I can't get ANYTHING done in that hour after school - I'm beat! Kids go 180 days, teacher's 192.

    There's always the risk of those upping I'm sure.
     
  15. TeacherNY

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    Sorry, no sympathy here. I work in a year round school so the kids are here 210 days and we work 218 days. I have to be here 8 hours a day and we don't get paid extra for working the summer.
     
  16. Teachings4Me

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    Safe to say many teachers have it tough these days.... How about working in a charter school with contract hours for teachers being 7:15 to 4:00 (thankfully they've let up on the 4:00 time a bit but we're all expected to tutor at least one day a week (unpaid) and host a student club one day a week (unpaid). Kids are in from 8:00 to 3:00. We've got kids in our classroom for lunch and three of our teachers, myself included, have no planning one day, which happens to be Monday (makes for a tough first day back.) BUT I do love the school.... and as a first year teacher last year, I took whatever job I was offered.

    As far as your new hours/days/lack of work days, I'd run. Those work days are more than just getting things done, sometimes you just need an extra day break from the kiddos so your head won't explode! Last year with all the snow, we didn't have a single day off between mid January and Easter and it was BRUTAL. Start checking into other options.... :)
     

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