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I was a starry-eyed teacher from New Jersey. Now I work for Philadelphia Public Schools.

Archive for July, 2011

Lost in the Mail?

Posted by aphillieteacher on July 24, 2011

My mail service is usually pretty good here in Philadelphia but I heard that President Obama recently hosted an education roundtable at the White House and I WASN’T INVITED! My invitation must have been lost in the mail!

Guess how many people at the education roundtable actually were educators. (Answer: zero)

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/answer-sheet/post/president-obamas-unusual-education-roundtable/2011/07/18/gIQAf3UJMI_blog.html

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The New Guy (and Other Rumors)

Posted by aphillieteacher on July 24, 2011

It was a whirlwind spring. The end of school featured the usual exciting release of gossip and secrets; rumors were laid to rest  and new ones were started.

Rumor 1: Our principal will be reassigned. We’re getting someone new!
True. Follow up questions and rumors: Is a smaller school assignment a reward or a punishment? did the former principal lose face or get rewarded? Answer: The ways of the Philadelphia School District are mysterious and never revealed to common teachers.
Rumor 2: A new guy has been assigned as principal to finally bring order to our school.
We don’t know yet if the order part is true, but it would certainly be a relief to have a principal who backs up his teachers. If cell phones are forbidden, then don’t allow them into the building and don’t smile as kids pass you in the hallway openly talking on their phones. And oh yes, don’t threaten to write a teacher up because a student is seen in class with a cell phone. You were supposed to police cell phone possession, not us.

We’ll find out soon enough what this new guy is made of.
Where will I be teaching in September?
The question might be closer to *will* I be teaching in September. I was laid off on June 7 and reinstated 2 weeks later. Current rumors claim there will be more layoffs before mid August which may or may not include me.

Actually  don’t know if being laid off would be so bad; so far I’m having a wonderful summer just lazing around not writing lesson plans or pretending I don’t see waaaaay too much male underwear or listening to language that would embarrass a sailor.

I like not working. Too bad I also like  income.

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