The Life Of A Nontenured Teacher

From a reader:  "So a couple of weeks ago, I got a letter from Marilyn Stewart, president
of the teacher's union, saying that all nontenured teachers would find out
if they had been let go by april 14
. She made a big deal over the fact
that last year folks didn't find out till may 1,and she has fought to get
earlier notification so people have time to look for new positions if
necessary.

Tonight, my friend went to some union meeting in bridgeport (which was, of
course almost over by the time she got there because it started at 3, but
we teach till almost 4, and then she had to take the cta to get there...)
and finds out that we actually won't know till may 15. So we are paying
dues to a union who either doesn't know, doesn't care, and/or just can't
get it
right. all that fancy stationery used for letters to how many thousands of
teachers, and all it means is we have to be worried all over again. i'm
trying to figure out how to cover everything in thse last few weeks when
every five minutes there is a day with no classes (report cards, psae
testing, professional development, hearing/vision screening) and two more
walk throughs scheduled (hurry and check that all the posters in all of my
classrooms are  at eye level... no fooling).....did anyone besides me
remember that it was shakespeare's birthday today?"

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  • This union will continue to fill it's pockets at everyone's expense--non-tenured and tenured alike.

    Remember that on election day, May 18. Vote, but spoil your ballot so that UPC can't use it.

    Vote Pact: and let UPC spend the day losing those ballots or spoiling them.

    Why are teachers not rebelling against a union which mocks them and an employer which disregards them.

    Politics is rife in this system. Do yourself a favor. Run for office. Work in the Democratic ward office and then, maybe, you'll have a future at CPS.

  • It is good to be tenured. The system often forgets that to be respected by the people it serves, it must earn their respect. Jerking people around about whether or not they have a job, works against all of us. Putting the needs of the bureaucracy before the needs of people works against all of us. Perhaps, if we put classrooms (yes that's students and teachers) first and the needs of the bureaucracy second,we might be able to teach the children without working so much off the clock.

  • It is good to be tenured. The system often forgets that to be respected by the people it serves, it must earn their respect. Jerking people around about whether or not they have a job, works against all of us. Putting the needs of the bureaucracy before the needs of people works against all of us. Perhaps, if we put classrooms (yes that's students and teachers) first and the needs of the bureaucracy second,we might be able to teach the children without working so much off the clock.

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