Teacher layoff notices went out. At least 40% of our staff is getting noticed.
I'll go ahead and predict that will put us toward the top of the list of most heavily affected schools.
I'll go one step further and predict that all of those top schools will be located on the southeast side.
It's not even a step to predict that those top southeast side schools would all qualify as "high needs".
Of course, this has no implication for equity and equal opportunity AT ALL.
And by making this an annual course of action, SFUSD does not in any way question its real commitment to radical, "Beyond the Talk" change.
...oh wait. No, it actually IS inequitable and worsens the systemic problem of high teacher turnover at high needs schools. And again, we receive annual proof that when it comes to the real tough decisions - the kind that take more than a press release and are unlikely to provide awards to Superintendents - are so far Beyond the Talk that we can't even talk about them (SFUSD Legal said so! And they've never been wrong, nor has any other lawyer or court ever disagreed...which is why we don't actually need a judicial system.).
I haven't personally received a letter (or communication from the union, which is typically what I get first - I haven't actually picked up or signed for a layoff letter in the last couple of years. I leave them at the post office to rot sullenly in a miasma of wasted certificated mail fees). Looking at the numbers, I have to figure I finally have enough seniority to not get laid off until the 60 day window (hee hee). Of course, if I'm not getting one, then I need devote less time to personal worry and more time to raising Cain for those committed to equity administrators leading our District in these sad times.
In other news, I have created a monster. I have a student whose name has the same letter twice in order. One day that kid spelled it with three of the letter and I commented on that, which the child found hilarious. The student now always spells the name with five of the letter. We occasionally pronounce it accordingly. Now that kid's best friend's name, which has its own doubled letter, is growing exponentially too.
We are big into fish printing right now. The girls who are in after school are mad at me presently. They snuck away from the program and came in the room to find me testing out a craft project. Sneaking away from after school to explore The School By Late Afternoon is not allowed, so I sent them out, thereby selfishly hoarding all the good toys and games for myself. As they see it.
I have an official request to make west African-inspired masks to go with the maracas and tambourines that will accompany our promotion performance. I need to think on this one for a little bit.