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Looking for Work? So Am I

Posted by the prisoner's wife On 4:34 PM

so i received a pink slip.

well, it wasn't exactly pink, but it stung nonetheless. myself, along with 11 of my co-workers and nearly 8900 teachers, received layoff notices from our school district last week. apparently, we're broke. we're about $720 million in the rears and they are looking for ways to balance the budget. the notices have been deemed precautionary, but it's still very disheartening. I’m not sure how they expect us to come to work everyday, motivated, when we don't know if we'll even have a job come summer.

i am writing this as i wait for parent conferences to begin. i am once again, here, putting in lots of work on my students' behalf, but with even less certainty, and i admit, motivation. it's hard to stay motivated, to struggle with some students, to care SO much about them, when your employer doesn't seem to care about you.

are any of you feeling the economic pinch? i wasn't really phased by it until now. now i'm wondering if i'll have to go back to corporate america, and if so, will a job even exist?

Obama's in my hood & i wish i could have gone. i wonder if he has any REAL answers for teachers...cuz right now, we can't cling to "hope."

9 Response to 'Looking for Work? So Am I'

  1. Ananda Said,
    http://theprisonerswife.blogspot.com/2009/03/looking-for-work-so-am-i.html?showComment=1237522920000#c6420598076146975053'> Thursday, March 19, 2009 9:22:00 PM

    hey sistalove. i am surrounding you and your family and fellow teacher and the students with love and light.


  2. Lovebabz Said,
    http://theprisonerswife.blogspot.com/2009/03/looking-for-work-so-am-i.html?showComment=1237525980000#c114883277776642959'> Thursday, March 19, 2009 10:13:00 PM

    Holding you in my prayers.

    I have every confidence in your ability to thrive!


  3. Anonymous Said,
    http://theprisonerswife.blogspot.com/2009/03/looking-for-work-so-am-i.html?showComment=1237541640000#c8233991170272905538'> Friday, March 20, 2009 2:34:00 AM

    Oh this is sore news! Sounds like there was major mis-management there somewhere and the usual mis- management decision is being made: Cull the workers when there is work to be done but managers aren't held responsible.
    Didn't any of the bail-out money trickle down to your school district?
    I hope this doesn't happen and that it is just precautionary.


  4. http://theprisonerswife.blogspot.com/2009/03/looking-for-work-so-am-i.html?showComment=1237569480000#c7827962592028109114'> Friday, March 20, 2009 10:18:00 AM

    Ananda & Lovebabz: thank you so much.

    Heather: there is always mismanagement when you have an organization the size of ours. My district is the 2nd largest in the nation, serving about 700,000 kids. so basically, it's just TOO big. lots of fat that can be cut besides teachers. but we're always the first to go.


  5. Christina Said,
    http://theprisonerswife.blogspot.com/2009/03/looking-for-work-so-am-i.html?showComment=1237600560000#c7974577605070425916'> Friday, March 20, 2009 6:56:00 PM

    This is not good news! Why do they always have to start cuts in the education department? Where we need more of you good teachers to begin with.



  6. http://theprisonerswife.blogspot.com/2009/03/looking-for-work-so-am-i.html?showComment=1237688940000#c6580831122756347590'> Saturday, March 21, 2009 7:29:00 PM

    Xtina: nah, it's not good news, but i'm dealing. most people are saying they won't actually lay us off. but i'm not penning my hopes to "maybe." i've been without a gig before, but now i have more responsibility (the kid), so i'm exploring all options. and you are STILL a stranger. you got your new blog friends now LOL.


  7. http://theprisonerswife.blogspot.com/2009/03/looking-for-work-so-am-i.html?showComment=1237816500000#c5776533200089459971'> Monday, March 23, 2009 6:55:00 AM

    im feeling it big time


  8. http://theprisonerswife.blogspot.com/2009/03/looking-for-work-so-am-i.html?showComment=1237929240000#c9132204466424455418'> Tuesday, March 24, 2009 2:14:00 PM

    I'm sorry to hear of this. I will keep you in my prayers and thoughts.


  9. SE'LAH... Said,
    http://theprisonerswife.blogspot.com/2009/03/looking-for-work-so-am-i.html?showComment=1237939260000#c4355854928867053435'> Tuesday, March 24, 2009 5:01:00 PM

    Obama's about to speak...hopefully he will deliver some hope to you and yours. Sending up some prayer.