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Sunday, November 8, 2009

Explanation Time I Suppose...

Sorry I didn't take the time to truly explain. On top of getting fired Friday, my uncle passed away so I've been dealing not only with cleaning out my classroom but with family dynamics as well.

The long and the short of it is, Friday at 6:00 pm, while there were still scads of parents in the building for conferences mind you, the director called me into his office where there sat a young Hispanic woman in Apple Bottom jeans, a tight t-shirt, and large gold earrings whom I had never seen before. He introduced the woman as the secretary of the school's board and all I could think was, "Excuse me, you said secretary of a downtown gang right? Is that what I heard?" There was no way this woman was on the school's board. She looked like the type who only attended school to find other, more innocent girls to beat down for their lunch money. The director then called in his sidekick, the academic director and started his spiel.

"First of all I'm sorry about your uncle. Anyway we have decide to terminate you. We decide a month ago, but we say not until end of term to make easier for us. You give keys to classroom and laptop. You can clean out classroom tomorrow, 10:00 am."

--end scene--

No explanation, nothing. I guess I was just the easiest of the herd to thin. I was also the most dangerous for them to keep on board because I knew they weren't there for the right reasons. While the director and his Turkish following sat combing their dirty mustaches in the back room discussing how they could make money off this silly school endeavor, the rest of us were on the front lines trying to serve the children. I think they finally realized we were on to them....


  1. Isn't it against the law to fire you without some sort of explanation? I would consider writing something to the local newspaper about what's going on in there. It just doesn't sound right that they fired you without giving what caused it.

  2. I agree, you should maybe talk to a lawyer. That is LAME!! I am so sorry. Do you think your blood pressure might get a little better now, though?

  3. Check your contract. You were not protected by a union, I assume, so they can probably fire you.

    Many non-profits have at-will contracts, meaning you can be fired at will.

    Sucks, but probably the case.

  4. I've been thinking about this all day and it's really pissing me off! I hope your blood pressure has been going down, because mine has been going up on your behalf.

    First of all, "clean out your desk by 10:00am" ? That's just COLD, man. Then again, I know a teacher who was pulled out of class in the middle of a morning lesson, fired, and then sent BACK to class to finish the rest of the day.

    But, what really pisses me off is that you're a special ed teacher! SPED kids need more structure and predictability than RegEd kids (at least mine does), but they're just going to come in to class the next day and you're not there? Without any warning at all? How much of a setback will that be to them? Did anybody think of that?

    Your Principal has known for a month that he was going to fire you, and maybe it was easier for him to not tell you until the last minute, but what he should have done was to let you use the month to prepare the kids for the idea that Miss Paste was going to be leaving. Seriously, it sucks for you but it REALLY sucks for those kids. Isn't that supposed to be the point here? What is WRONG with people???? GAH!