The Long Last Week Before School Starts

Rfs2005This can be the hardest week of the year for parents and kids and
educators who aren't enjoying a last week of vacation. For them, summer
school and camp are over but school hasn't started yet, creating
childcare woes for parents and "nothing to do" for kids. (Or, for those
who live where the school year has already begun already (it seems to
be creeping up every year) then there's the strange sensation of having
started something while it's still summer and everyone else is on
vacation.) Meanwhile, lots of teachers are stuck in professional
development when they just want to get their rooms and lessons
prepared. The blog will be back up and running at full tilt again next
Tuesday. You can make it.

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  • If there is a September meet and greet with no pay or compensation and no security guards, you have options:

    1) Suck it up and go because you think it's professionally important to attend. File a grievance or not as appropriate.

    2) Don't go. File a grievance or not as appropriate.

  • 4:54, you wrote:

    'I'd rather go to a meet and greet than pay the dues to our Union that does nothing for us but publish a big glossy magazine once a month.'

    Simple solution: Go work at a charter or private school for less money, more hours, weaker benefits, and poor, if any, health insurance. Problem solved. Of course, not *all* charters and privates toil under such conditions, but feel free to take your chances.

    Otherwise, you might take a cursory look at U.S. labor history and, more specifically, CTU history. Many of the things you take for granted - salary, benefits, pension, work hours, health insurance, etc. stem directly from your union. Sometimes it's hard to leave the here and now and reflect on such ancient history, but an historical context can at least offer a better understanding of what CTU means to teachers. It may not change your mind (it changed mine - I was staunchly anti-union when I started teaching), but at least you'll be better informed about the subject of your complaint. And that's never a bad thing.

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