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Where the Money Is… or Isn’t.

We’re starting our wind down for the school year. Most state testing has finished, although there are still the End of Course (EOC) exams to be done and AP tests start next week. College acceptances have been received and deposits sent back. Students are a little stunned to realize that only six weeks are left and that there aren’t many assignments left with which to rescue their grade.My formal last observation for the year was today. I was a bit nervous – things haven’t gone well for others and who knows what’s going on behind the scenes. Once again, I am reminded that working in education is only slightly less political that working on Capital Hill… fewer political  ideologues, more personal vendettas.The deadline for RIFs and transfers looms. Basically, we greet each other in the morning, at lunch and after school with the words “have you heard anything?”, every day. God forbid anyone is out of their normal spaces at any point in time. The rumors immediately start flying. I guess …

College Advice

If you teach seniors, Saturday’s Dear Abby may have caught your eye. Students get the message throughout their high school years that all they have to do is get good grades and the world is their oyster. Then in the final semester of their senior year reality dumps on them like a brick wall in a earthquake zone.  They don’t get accepted to college of their choice; they can’t afford the college of their choice; scholarship applications are denied… the real world is not a helping hand up. It’s a harsh competition for diminishing resources.When confronted with a student whose dreams are… umm… altered… because of money, I try to point out the positive. “A large college may not be the right choice for you, but are you determined to get a college education? If so, I know that you can find like-minded students. I, too, attended a well known party school. It also had a strong Honors program, a multi-national student body and some of the most out there technology on the cusp of being widely kn…

The best laid plans…

Apparently plan 13 for next year has me keeping my job in my current position. However, plan 12 had me moving to a different school and the state legislature has not fully made up it’s mind yet, so the best guess is that we’ll know what’s going on in September. Until then it’s all supposition.FWIW, plan 12 had my department scared poop-less. Another teacher has already been signed up to attend an AP conference and is not happy about it. Then I mentioned that all the RTI coaching duties would have to move to someone else and the look on their faces was priceless. The mix of fear and horror was somewhat touching… I would definitely be missed.Back in the student’s reality, senioritis is coming on full strength. Two more months and they’re free! Of course, this means that concentrating on the mundane information from classes is extremely difficult. I mean, this is their LIVES!!! people!!! What college to choose? How is it going to be paid for? Should I just go to work? Where will I live? …