Thursday, March 24, 2011

Just cant

This week has been some what of a difficult week for us. For those of you that don't know, the state of Illinois is in some serious financial trouble (only slightly better then California). The state owes many school districts money, lots of money. In one district alone it is well over 13 MILLION dollars. Without this money, school districts are in financial trouble and willing to do drastic things such as, lay offs, cuts in electives, cuts in special education, entire schools being closed and so on and so forth. The district my husband works in is no different. We thought he was safe after all hes been teaching for 6 years and been tenure for 2. Perhaps the shock is of our own doing, I didn't realize it was that bad, I didn't want to believe it but last night at a public hearing we got to hear it all. Thousands of people showed up to have their voices heard. Students chanted, teachers chanted and parents joined in all with the hopes that teachers would be spared and electives would be saved. Inevitably the board did what they had to do to balance the budget and voted to lay off all 1-4 year teachers and RIF (Reduction in Force) 5-7 year teachers. There was disappointment, people crying and a room full of people completely stunned. Josh has been teaching for 6 years which means he too was cut. We are hoping and praying that other cuts will be found and made so that some of those teachers (including my husband) can be called back next year. We are obviously worried but are also trusting that God will provide. Ill keep you all updated in the weeks to come.

I just can't wrap my head around this.

3 comments:

Kristin said...

Oh - that is terrible. It has always blown my mind why the government budgets don't fund educators properly. Praying this work out well.

ch said...

Good God. What a ridiculous solution when it's often the newest teachers who are most passionate about what they're doing and have been trained with the most cutting edge research in child development and education. Wow. I'm sure they'll all be equally shocked when student enrollment and scores plummet in the next year as well.
i could go on for days...

Lacey said...

Ugh, i'm so sorry this is happening to your hubby! Our school district cut a bunch of stuff, including special needs teachers. Jax old speech therapist quite to stay home with her kids because they wanted her to take on twice the kid load this year!