1. An acquaintance at another school left education after 10 years two weeks ago. She had a nervous breakdown directly related to job stress. She's fine now, but she's not coming back to education. 2. Two teachers in our small district are not coming back after having their babies. They said it's not a sane environment and not worth it. These are veteran teachers, and not their first children. 3. Another teacher at a school is leaving as soon as a replacement is hired. She's been applying for work on cruise lines! 4. Teacher absences are up in our county. I got that from a friend who works at the Central Office. 5. The administrators at our school have been telling us to go home directly after school and be with our families or enjoy the fall weather. We're getting jean passes left and right. Biscuits provided for us by them last Election Day. 6. County directive on Election Day. NO MEETINGS. We haven't had a day without kids that has been meeting free for a very long time. I think the superintentent has told administrators to ease off. He's a great guy, and his wife is a teacher. He's sent several e-mails to the entire county telling us how wonderful we are. Today I heard of two more situations. 7. An administrator who has been with the county for many years has decided to retire, and she may not wait until the end of the year. She told her staff that she's tired of the pressure and doesn't think it's good for her health. She's not the type to tell them they should ease off...but. 8. And the best one yet... a 3rd grade teacher of many years has decided to leave at the end of the year. The kicker? She is not doing any more of the paperwork she has been handed. She leaves at her contract time. And she has decided to just teach the kids what they are supposed to know without worrying about anything. No RTI hoopla. If they want a graph, she'll give them the paperwork and they can create it themselves. She refused to chart the kids progress for the data room. She told them she didn't have time. She stopped creating and putting up standards posters. I heard that she's enjoying herself very much. She's told her coworkers that she's looking forward to getting fired. And I heard she's a great teacher. I have many friends over at her school and they are all tickled pink about her attitude and assure me that the kids aren't suffering one tiny bit. I don't know her personally, but I've heard her name several times in past years as an education "star". So is it happening in your district yet?