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The End?

June 26, 2009 am30 7:59 am

June 26, 2009. The last day for teachers. This has been one long damned year.

The agreement to trade pension concessions for a post-Labor Day return passed. (I voted no, twice). We go back Tuesday, September 8. And then a follow up pushed the kids’ start back to Wednesday, September 9.

Can you imagine we had to negotiate to get the DoE not to start kids and teachers on the same day? In the spirit of the moment, a friend proposed that we work the Jewish holidays as well, and in exchange start Thursday, one day after the kids…

The summer, for me, is not yet in focus. Possibilities exist…

So this is really a beginning, right? (Just like “commencement” is the end and the, honestly, it doesn’t make that much sense)

For NYC teachers, it is the end.

It’s the end of a long year. Full of stress, exhaustion. Teachers with awful principals felt it. Good teachers in good schools felt it. This year was long for all of us.

Relax. Recharge. Make your own plans. Or don’t. But this time is yours. You’ve earned it.

3 Comments leave one →
  1. bklynmathteach permalink
    June 29, 2009 pm30 4:08 pm 4:08 pm

    Hi JD,

    I’m a teacher and programmer at a small school as well. I definitely agree with you about programming being a huge weight on my back that I have to worry about every summer (I’m so sick of per session). I, too, am thinking of giving up my hat in terms of programming in the next year or two. How have you gone about finding and training a replacement or was that the responsibility of the admin? The only reason I haven’t quit yet is because I cannot think of anyone on the staff that has the potential skills and willingness to give up endless hours to get this kind of job done. Are you still the union rep?


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