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Firing Day at a Charter School

An image of Dany Edwards. Art by Sean Flaherty, who was also fired from this charter school on June 1, 2011.

Originally posted by Nancy Bloom in CoLab Radio.

I just quit my job as a teacher in an urban charter school. Even though I still don’t have another job and I support myself entirely, it is the best decision I ever made. It is especially liberating this week while my colleagues – and after five incredibly stressful years on the education front lines, my truly beloved friends – wait for the June 1 ax to fall.

Every June 1, the exhausted teachers and staff at my school learn whether they will be rehired for another grueling year. Last year the school gave 43 staff and teachers the you’re-outta-luck-pal letters, including the entire three-man physical education department and the student support genius, Dany Edwards, who somehow made harmony out of the schools’ cacophony of crazy student behavior. This year the school’s three glorious new gymnasiums are largely unused because we have no gym teachers and Dany is dead of unknown causes. Whatever happened to this beautiful young man, firing him didn’t help him live any better or happier for his last few months on earth. And the kids he championed lost his tender, tough, hilarious and real guidance.

This post is dedicated to you Dany, one year after you ran from the building in frantic disbelief, waving your letter as you ran up and down Hyde Park Avenue, looking for people to share your grief. If they can fire you, they can fire any of us. Except they can’t fire me. I beat them at their game.

The first thing you need to know reader, is that there is no job security at a charter school. Even excellent veteran educators, like the three physical education teachers who were fired one year ago, are vulnerable. Between them these men gave something like 35 years to the school. They offered serious nutrition education in their fight against childhood obesity. They miraculously coached kids who have hair trigger tempers through team sports without break-out fights. They taught the kids good sportsmanship and how to represent themselves, their families and the school during games at other schools. They taught yoga, which the kids actually used to calm themselves in class. And they worked the kids hard. Oh how I miss seeing the kids come to class from gym all red and sweaty and happy. This gymless year, the kids seem fatter and more out of breath as they huff and puff their way to the third floor.

To you Michelle Rhee and all you anti-union fanatics, you are wasting your time waiting around for superman. They already fired superman at my school. You see a union would have protected Dany as well as these three talented teachers who provided quality physical education to all of our 1200 students. Meanwhile, some not-so-gifted staff and teachers get to keep their jobs every June 1. At least public schools and their unions have transparent guidelines for tenure and enough respect to let teachers know they won’t be rehired for the next school year by March or earlier. June 1 is late to jump into the teacher hiring season. I suspect the administration keeps it a secret to the bitter end because they don’t trust us to keep working hard. They are suspicious and we are paranoid. It’s part of my school’s culture.

The second thing to know is that we work very hard at my charter school, completing endless tasks that are not designed to instill habits of critical thinking in our students. Rather we are driven like cattle to collect mounds of data, to divvy the data up into tidy and irrelevant skill categories, and finally to create individual action plans to remediate each student’s poor data points. We are required to write lesson plans that note exactly which discreet skills we will be working on during every minute of every school day while delivering scripted programs. It takes hours to make these plans and we don’t use them. Can’t use them. Because kids are unpredictable and surprises happen. Most of us work at least ten hours on every weekday preparing our rooms and teaching. We continue working on weekends. The building is open on Saturdays and during vacations and there are a lot of cars in the parking lot on these days off.

This heavy workload doesn’t even take into account the trauma and anguish of working with urban children who suffer all the indignities of poverty. One day last week I had to file three mental health emergencies for neglect – two for kids who reeked of urine and one for a boy who was wobbly with hunger. One of our school psychologists once explained that many of our students come to school afraid and then stay afraid all day, afraid that their home or family may not be there when they get off the bus. These are the kids who constantly disrupt the classrooms. If Dany had been allowed to continue his ministerial work, he would still be providing discipline, safety and love for these broken children. And he would be giving us teachers rock solid support without judgement in our struggle to keep these kids learning. The school psychologist said she prayed for the students’ safety every night. In case you are wondering, she quit before they got a chance to fire her.

Our workload is a favorite theme of the school’s superintendent and CEO. Charter school leaders love these business style titles. Dr. CEO often chuckles during all-staff meetings at how we charter school teachers work harder than they do in Boston Public Schools and get paid less for our troubles. Apparently he doesn’t know how insulting this is. Last December a group of administrators entertained us during a holiday party with a school version of ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas that included a verse about how little we get paid for our hefty workload. That was the last time I worked a ten-hour day and the moment I knew I had to quit.

The third and last thing for you to know is that psychological torture precedes the June 1 firing ritual in the form of annual performance reviews. It looks like our new principal has brought this final blow to a new level. I’ve talked to many teachers and they report the same experience. He begins the review with gracious smiles and copious thank-yous for our commitment and hard work. And then he trashes our performance. So many of us have “failed to meet professional standards,” you would think the school could barely function. Teachers are leaving their performance reviews convinced their June 1 letter will be very bad news. They have to sweat it out to June 1.

The most disturbing part is that the principal already knows who will be rehired. And he knows which teachers have especially compelling reasons to stay one more year. But he keeps them guessing. He doesn’t even give them a reassuring wink or a thumbs up. Just a fake thank you. Another administrator asked me last week if people were freaking out, and then changed our plans for getting a drink after work on June 1. “I don’t want be out when people are all upset about losing their jobs.”

This week it feels like the school’s windows have been draped with heavy black curtains and the fluorescent ceiling lights are flickering. The kids are more difficult than ever and we don’t have Dany to let the sunlight in. No matter what happens Dany, I will never work in another charter school. That’s the least I could do.

 

35 comments on “A teacher’s perspective

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  2. Eileen Perez-gumpel
    February 13, 2014

    I just pulled my kids out of their charter school.
    I wish I had educated myself better regarding charter school.
    Our charter was so ill managed, and ED was arrogant and closed- minded.
    I feel for you incredible teachers.
    My experience with charter school is that they love to share all the amazing things they are going to do with our children, but fail to inform us of important education details that may waiver a person decision.
    I pray that Charter School law has more transparent guidelines required to follow.
    More kids, families, staff, and communities are being adversely affected.
    And no one seems to want to listen.

    • seattleducation2011
      February 13, 2014

      Thanks for sharing what your experience was like in a charter school.

      Any additional information would be greatly appreciated.

      You can leave a comment here or email me at seattledblog@gmail.com.

      Dora

  3. Barb
    January 10, 2014

    I have a “bad” charter school experience, too. After almost twenty years working in public education as a teacher and curriculum specialist, I accepted a job in NC at a charter school as their assistant head. All was going okay until I realized after a year on the job that there was some shady business going on with the financials. When the chairman of the board is married to the accounts receivable lady, well… I questioned a vote by the board that increased two business office employees’ salaries by over $4,000 a piece per year, and the board members didn’t even realize how much the increase was they were voting on. This is a school with a super tight budget where every penny supposedly matters. Since the board director’s wife was one of the people getting this big raise, they retaliated by not rehiring me. I went from being the “new face of the school” that they all loved, to suddenly having “questionable leadership,” though they never offered any specifics. My head of school actually fought for me and was devastated when the board did this. They won’t even let her fill out evaluation/recommendation forms on me from prospective employees because they want me to sign a contract promising I will never say anything disparaging against any of them or pursue a lawsuit against any of them. They are as corrupt as they come. I have no career right now, because I can’t get a positive recommendation from the head of school, who is scared to death she is next, and I was let go by the board. How does that look to prospective employers? I will bounce back eventually, because I have faith that God has better plans for me. But, bottom line is these things go on in many charter schools, and the power is in a very small group’s hands, and they can do whatever they want, because there is very little accountability. And God forbid if you try to shed light on matters to improve the school and do right by the students, parents and teachers. You will be fired and shut out in the blink of an eye. If any attorney out there would be wiling to take on my case pro bono, let me know. :-). I spent $2500 on a young attorney who was able to accomplish nothing, but even he said it was obvious that the board was shady. He just didn’t know anything about public education issues or how to handle them. Many parents are trying to fight this board, too, and this issue that began at the end of May 2013 is far from over. Is there any organization out there that helps people who have legal issues or have been done wrong by a charter school? Thanks all.

    • Carlos42
      April 5, 2014

      When will people realize that the charter school movement is basically designed
      to privatize education using public money. And make a big profit for the companies that run them. Charter schools reflect basic right wing
      ideology: no unions, overwork people and underpay them,fire people at will with no reason given, have business people with no educational experience run charter schools, etc,,etc. And only take the best students and send those that are disadvantaged and need special help to the public schools, thus making the lives of these folks worse. And everyone knows that if someone is poor it is their own fault. And of course let big profit making companies, again with no educational experience run charter schools
      on “business principles”, not educational principles. The right wing message has done a very good job of selling the public on charter schools in the last thirty years.

  4. Anonymous
    November 23, 2013

    As a public school tacher in Los Angeles, I have just learned how one charter school terminated all employees (teachers) and replaced them with all NEW teachers (first year). This charter school has been in existence for only three years, and already they are doing this. I feel just horrible for all teachers taken advantage of. It seems thet say students come first but in reality, money is all that matters.

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  6. anonymous
    August 18, 2013

    I just started at a charter school 3 weeks ago and I am already looking for another job. We got our first paycheck on Thursday and were told not to cash it because metro messed up and they in turn blamed it on the government. I think it was the ceo covering her butt.They said cash it tomorrow. Tomorrow came and they said the money was supposed to be there but it wasn’t. Deposit it and it should be ok or cash it on Saturday. A coworker tried and failed because they said they’d had bad checks from that school before.
    We’ve had supplies that were being held onto because the ceo wanted them to go out on her timetable. Finally the new principal passed them out while she was out,
    We were told we had money to spend only to be told in the same breath that there wasn’t any. But give us a wish list and we’ll see what we can do. Any school that refuses to pay their teachers should be forced to close. The staff is mostly new because hardly any teachers stayed last year. They lied to hook us and the reality is that they don’t give a crap about their teachers, just the almighty dollar. We weren’t even given a paystub and there were discrepancies. If the money isn’t there on Monday I won’t return I don’t work for free.

  7. Amy
    July 23, 2013

    Wow, this makes me sad! having worked at 3 different charter schools over the last 8 years in Boston and NYC, I can say honestly that I have never seen any of this. I wish this person had said the name of their school as I have to wonder if all of this could really be true. I have to wonder why a charter school in Boston is profiled this way in a Seattle publication. The colleague that the writer wanted to honor sounds like an awesome teacher, and the principal sounds really ineffective, but I feel really sad that this person thinks all charter schools operate this way. Either way, I feel compelled to defend the awesome network I work for and explain how nearly all of what this writer attributes to the charter world is not true at the schools I have worked at.

    1. I have never seen a firing season. Contracts were always given out in March or April before vacation. In 8 years at 3 charter schools I have seen 1 person not given a contract to return, and that was with due process over multiple weeks and months after significant performance issues.

    2. In the schools I worked at in both Boston and NYC the salary range of charter schools matched the local districts for educational levels and experience. The difference in pay is only accounted for by calculating the required hours in the building.

    3. The most concerning part of the article to me is the writer’s perspective on the lack of meaningful skill practice, the collection of too much data on what students can do, and the requirement of lesson planning. Aren’t all of those benchmarks of increased accountability for teachers and schools everywhere? I also found it very concerning that the writer makes connections to the extreme poverty his/her students grapple with every day and implies that teachers can’t get through a lesson because how “unpredictable” kids are and because of the level of trauma students experience at home. Shouldn’t school be somewhat predicable and orderly despite what kids go through at home? Shouldn’t the adults determine how time is spent in a classroom and not children? “These broken children” are “more difficult than ever” at the end of the year– it makes me really sad that this teacher makes these excuses for his/her students. Not to discount the emotional and physical toll that a childhood in poverty comes with, but all kids can be engaged and responsive to a culturally relevant and dynamic curriculum, and well-planned and executed lessons can provide a roadmap that helps kids change their trajectory and plan for a more successful future than they were born into.

    Granted, this is one teacher’s perspective, but I felt I had to respond with mine too. Charters are not perfect and sadly they have not lived up to their original purpose when created in the 90′s (to be a lab for best practices that could be replicated in district schools) but I could connect you to hundreds of charter teachers in Boston and NYC who believe the workload is worth it, who are happy, supported and have trust with their administrators, and like all good teachers, just want the best for the kids that they commit to every year.

    • seattleducation2011
      July 24, 2013

      Amy,

      Unfortunately, not all charter schools are equal. Because charter schools are founded by anyone who wants to start one, whether they have experience in education or not, the performance of these schools has been uneven at best. Between the lack of public oversight and the hiring of inexperienced teachers at many charter schools, it has lead to disastrous results for students.

      Parents, teachers and students in our state have watched the privatization of public schools spread from New Orleans, Los Angeles, New York, Philadelphia and other districts and creep our way. Twice people in our state have voted against having charter schools in our state. In the last general election, Alice Walton of the Walmart fortune and Bill Gates poured millions of dollars into a campaign convincing people that charter schools were the best way to educate other people’s children. The initiative passed by 1% of the vote but fortunately a lawsuit has been submitted challenging the constitutionality of charter schools in terms of the lack of public oversight which is required by our state’s constitution.

      Charter schools are not the silver bullet and it’s important for people to know that. Emphasizing the success of a few charter schools allows us to ignore the real problems that some of our children and their families face. Many children are not ready to learn due to hunger, illness, homelessness and other situations and needs that are not being met due to a lack of social support and structure.

      We hear about the few successes primarily due to the marketing effort of these enterprises but nothing about the consequences of privatizing a public service or other programs and options that have been successful.

      For more on charter schools, check out our subheading Charter Schools,
      https://seattleducation2010.wordpress.com/charter-schools/.

      Dora

    • Kent Tunks
      April 5, 2014

      This sounds like it was written by someone in charter school management.There are too many echos of right wing dogma here for this to be a genuine reply.

    • Kent Tunks
      April 5, 2014

      This sounds like it was written by someone in charter school management.There are too many echos of right wing dogma here for this to be a genuine reply.

  8. Andrea
    June 2, 2013

    What a beautifully written, painful piece. I am in dispair at the disassembling of public education. I have nearly thirty years in, and don’t have an answer to misplaced priorities. Case in point: small town (four elementary schools and a couple of Christian schools – thankfully no charters until WA infests us with them next year) and an all district art show. Who attends the show, proudly hung in the city offices in a big, perfect room for such things? Hardly anyone. The Board didn’t come, nor did the central office curriculum people. The principals didn’t come. A few of the parents came (2%) and four (total) teachers from the general ed classrooms. Why? I’m not sure. Not enough bouncing balls? No admission charge? Art doesn’t matter? I refuse to accept this one – where else can kids really express themselves?

    I fear we’ve done all of this to ourselves. At least I’ve never intentionally voted for a big-business-profit-at-all-costs school advocate.

    Sigh.

  9. B
    June 2, 2013

    This story touched me deeply. Dany came to my charter school after being fired, where he was loved and deeply appreciated by our staff and students. We were very sad when he died, knowing that we had only just begun to know the dynamic, charismatic person he was. He, as you said, worked hard to teach kids so many things that aren’t actually in the standard curriculum… they loved him even though they knew him for such a short time. I still love where I work and (maybe selfishly) feel like we don’t fit into the corporate charter school model, but agree that so many charter schools are not built to support “whole people” in regards to staff or student treatment. Good luck with whereever your next step takes you, and thanks for sharing your love and support for Dany, and your dissatisfaction with the way some charters are run.

  10. William Anderson
    June 1, 2013

    Unfortunately, the experiences of a charter school teacher is the direction all the anti-union people want all schools to go. In Arizona, public schools are exactly the same. The protections were taken away from us because we dared to protest the budget cuts. A stated position of the people in charge of the public educational system is to remove all public schools and replace them with private or charter schools. The time of teachers being public servants, with the respect and the pay due a public servant are long past in the United States. As in this article the teachers are leaving in droves, to the point where schools go an entire year with untrained substitutes because there are no math or science teachers. The unfortunate thing is that it will take 7 to 10 years before the parents, the corporations (other than the for profit education companies) to realize that the product being turned out is worse than anything the public schools ever did. We in the public schools are left with the bottom 70% of the students, yet the results of our educational process are equal or better than the charter schools who only have the top 30%, and can get rid of any student they don’t want. I agree with the last sentence. ‘There are problems with the education system, but charter schools are not the solution.’

  11. J Anonymous
    June 1, 2013

    I taught at charter schools for a few years. In my experience many charter schools are owned by large corporations and/or managed my administrators with no background in the field of education. These companies care more about profit than the quality of education the students receive in these schools. The first charter school I worked at hired a person to be a Lead Teacher with no Bachelor’s Degree, credentials or experience. They fired her for poor job performance later in the school year. They had Teaching Assistants as Substitute Teachers. They fired me along with half of the teaching staff at the end of the year without ever doing a formal evaluation of our performance. However my students performed well on the standardized tests scoring better than the other grade level classes. The second charter school I worked at fired all of us experienced teachers within two years and replaced us with interns. They would shuffle the teachers around to different grade levels each year. The final charter school I worked at fired me along with others at the end of the year. My supervisor was not allowed to write an evaluation of my performance, but believes they only intended to use us a temps without informing us, when they hired us. My supervisor, a Lead Teacher wrote me a letter of recommendation. If I was a parent I would not send my child to a charter school. There are problems with the education system, but charter schools are not the solution.

  12. Anonymous
    June 1, 2013

    I’ve taught at charter schools. I was fired without ever seeing an evaluation of my performance along with 1/2 of the teaching staff on the last day of school in June. Apparently this is common from what I heard from staff. However my students performed well on standardized tests that year. The administrator was a bully who was very critical and intimidating. The next charter school I worked at the Director who had no education background and fired all of his experienced teachers with in 2 years to replace us with younger teachers who were interns thus cheaper. The 3rd charter school (a virtual school) I worked at hired some of us as temps without telling us this, leading us to believe we would be rehired after working overtime for several months. They did not let us know we were fired until the last week of school. It took me a lot of time and effort learning technology and how to do paperwork involved with teaching special education students for the first time. My lead teacher wrote me a letter of recommendation but did not get to write an evaluation of my performance for the job. Due to all the budget cuts its very difficult to find a permanent teaching job.We need a better way to improve the education system than having charter schools. Charter schools are managed by administrators without out a background in the field of education sometimes. In addition, charter schools can be bought by a large cooperation that cares more about profit than the education of it’s students.

  13. Nancy Letts
    June 1, 2013

    This post brought tears to my eyes and a further resolve to tell stories like yours. Please check out our website and trailer at GoingPublic.org. If you like what we have to say, please contact me at nancy@goingpublic.org. I’d so much to speak with you.

  14. ND47
    June 1, 2013

    thank you for the article–re-enforced what I have seen. I am a teacher–have not taught very much, but my parents were teachers and I’ve seen a lot. I don’t think I could teach in the present environment because when I see things that are not right, correct, fair, or logical I get very vocal and call people out–so I wouldn’t last long anyway–I try to teach the kids I go come in contact with–logic, and reasonable thought, and that fact that going overboard about anything does not help at all for the injustices you are seeing and living–work as best you can to live with it and make as many changes for the better that you can within the constraints you are forced into–I feel sorry for all the children who are missing out on a good education and the mentoring of concerned teachers and support people that used to be in the schools

  15. mstern70
    June 1, 2013

    Thank you for that eye opening article. I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your colleague, Dany. Here in NC our power and money hungry general assembly is trying to bring MORE of this type of school here and to really tear down and hurt the public school system. I shared this article so that may be my parents, their friends, and others will finally stand up and say NO THANK YOU!

    Keep writing! It was awesome!

  16. Mrs Odie 2
    June 1, 2013

    The problem with any public education institution is that no one with power and money wants to invest in it. Most rich and powerful people send their children to private school. Public school is for “those kids”, and politicians who claim they want to support education are lying. They already spend thousands of dollars on the education of the children they feel matter: via private school tuition. I am sure teachers in private school have their stories of bullying by Tiger Moms and the like, not to mention rampant cheating, drug use, and entitlement. It’s hard to believe we have any reason to get into this business sometimes.

    • seattleducation2011
      June 1, 2013

      I think that the problem lies in our own culture in the US and what we value as a people. We have chosen to spend more money for sports venues than schools. In California, it used to be that bond initiatives for schools always passed, now they rarely do. We pay athletes more than teachers. In fact, just about every other profession has better pay than teachers. That reflects what’s important to us and what isn’t.

      Look how different teachers are treated in Finland. They are respected and treated as professionals, not widgets. That is a reflection of what is valued by the populace.

      It’s not the responsibility of the wealthy to support public schools, it’s up to the electorate in general.

      Dora

  17. Cheryl
    June 1, 2013

    Thank you for sharing. I am saddened that you had to endure this as did/ do your colleagues. I mourn your l

    • Cheryl
      June 1, 2013

      Loss and that of the kids. It is always the children who lose in these cases and the dedicated people who work and know them. Again thanks.

  18. susannunes
    June 1, 2013

    I can say the working environment in public schools isn’t any better and is in fact arguably worse.

    Teaching has been ruined in this country, and it doesn’t matter what part of the country or whether the schools are regular private schools, charter schools which are private schools, or public schools.

    BTW, there is NO such thing as a “public” charter school. They are private schools that get public money.

    Lots of private entities get public dollars, and they are not called “public.”

    I wish people would quit peddling the nonsense that there is any such thing as a “public” charter school.

    • seattleducation2011
      June 1, 2013

      Education has become a second class citizen in this country. The only attention paid to it is to privatize it and make money off of our public dollars.

      These same people are trying to break the teachers’ union so that it becomes easier to hire less expensive employees who might not be truly qualified to teach and because of the political clout that the teachers’ union and other unions have…or had.

      To get our schools back on track, we need public support of our schools and education in general.

      …and our teachers, within that context, need to be valued for what they do, preparing our children for life.

      Dora

    • Liz Macias
      June 1, 2013

      OMG! I was going to post the exact same thing about the “public” charter school. Thanks for reading my mind!

    • Barb
      January 10, 2014

      Sorry, but you are wrong. There ARE public charter schools. They have to answer to almost all of the state and federal education mandates (unlike private schools), they get SOME state and federal funding, but not as much as regular public schools, and they have their own governance (school board). They still have to submit reports, data, etc., to the state. At least, in NC they do. Also, you can’t just kick a kid out once he or she is enrolled, like you could in a private school. You can’t pick and choose students, either, but have to hold a blind lottery. Again, that’s in NC. Special Education services must be provided as well.

  19. Wow, I thought NC schools were bad, I had no idea charter schools in Washington were even worse. Thanks for the heads-up, this is ridiculous.

  20. Anonymous
    June 1, 2013

    This is terrible. It is also YOUR story, not every story. I live in a town (I’m a teacher) where the unionized, “public” (our charters are public too) teachers feel more like this than the Charter school teachers. The Charter teachers feel like they have buy-in, work collaboratively with their administration, are allowed to be creative, are more respected. The district teachers feel bullied, disrespected, micromanaged and are shuffled around at will if they don’t tow the line, until they too quit before they have to be further traumatized. I am tired of the generalizations and rhetoric being spewed about charter v. non. Just like people, there are bad and good of every stripe and color. Can we please work together for solutions? The more we divide and malign, the more the “powers that be” ruin education for our children. I am a dues paying union member at a four-year university. My sister and father are both elementary teachers, along with many of my friends.

    • seattleducation2011
      June 1, 2013

      Actually, the public has heard very little about the reality of charter schools.For all of the hype, the majority of charter schools don’t do any better than public schools and yet drain the district of valuable resources and break communities apart. It sounds like you might have a Broad supe as we did in Seattle.

    • Zane Wubbena
      June 3, 2013

      When does “your story” become “every story”? This article was great! I too experienced a similar situation, but it’s not about every story; It’s about patterns that make us reflect on the direction of education. I urge you to read about Chile’s education crisis (same neo-liberal polices that are being passed in the U.S.).

      If you want to read about my (another) charter school experience, I blogged about it here: http://phiguritowt.wordpress.com/2013/05/27/charter-school-accountability-do-as-i-say-not-as-i-do/

  21. Laura D
    June 1, 2013

    As a public school teacher, I appreciate reading your story. Awareness is so needed since many people (other than educators) don’t truly realize what is happening in the world of eduation.

  22. manilamesa
    June 1, 2013

    Please continue to tell your story. We need teachers like you, we really do! As a veteran teacher in a public school, I hate to see good people like yourself get taken advantage of. It seems like you were set up to fail in such a system. I’m so sorry you were not supported and I hope you find a place to teach that is a better fit.

  23. Hannah
    June 1, 2013

    Wow! Very powerful writing! While conditions at the charter school where I work aren’t as bad as the one you’re writing about, the ELEMENTS of it are there… just a bit more subtle. The climate of fear is very much alive and well… which is also why I’m leaving. They want me to stay… but I’ve learned too much about how the system of it works, and I cannot abide by it. Like you, I don’t know where I’m going to be… but the oppressiveness of it is unacceptable.

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