I'm just not understanding this.... This is in regards to the job that I ALMOST had in January...a Special Ed. position. So after all of the interviews and the rave reviews from the interview panel, it was down to me and another candidate. They decided not to hire either of us. I got a letter from the principal about a 1 1/2 months later stating that they were re-posting the position and looking for someone who had experience (even though I had 2 years teaching experience in the SAME type of classroom as well as 1 year student teaching in the SAME type of classroom....and GREAT references). So I guess this is NOT experience to them....smh. I did not have a sub job today so I decided to look for jobs again. I randomly went on this particular school district's website to see who they hired at the board meeting. They did not hire anyone but I saw that the girl who has been a building sub in that school was assigned as a perm. sub in that classroom for the rest of the school year. Now, I'm not mad about someone being a sub in there for the rest of the school year. When they had me observe in this classroom, I spent all day with this sub for two weeks. She had just graduated from college and (I'm not trying to sound mean) but she had no experience with these behavioral students. She did not teach them and allowed them to do what they wanted. She even told them she had no idea what to do. I tried to help her but she just gave up. She even stated that she hated it and voiced it to the principal. She kept going to the principal to see when the new person was going to be hired because she wanted out of there. So a school district/principal would rather keep a sub in there (no experience/stated they wanted out) than to hire someone like myself (w/ the experience and the want to be in there) or the other person they were considering? HOW DOES THIS HAPPEN? I feel so bad for the kids. I'm not bitter anymore, I just don't understand. For five years, I've been trying to get back into the classroom. Every person I talk to says "Oh, you'll get a job because you have experience." I been hearing this for FIVE years. I can't even get the job I have experience in. I'm about to snap if I hear this again! I'm really getting frustrated! I'm sure you guys understand my frustration. How does this happen?!??!?!