I have made serious efforts not to become political on my blog. And I hardly, if ever, talk about work. Today both of those things are going to change (but don’t worry, only for this post) because yesterday…
…I got my RICE letter.
RICE letter: A letter informing employees that their names and positions within the school will be discussed for demotion or termination.
As of February 2007, the statute requires that the public be notified in advance of and be allowed the right to attend meetings of public bodies, and that all discussions and official actions, unless specifically exempted, take place in public. The intent of the Legislature, in enacting this law, was to eliminate secrecy in public affairs which would undermine the faith of the public in government. The statute allows the public to witness the deliberation, policy formation, and decision-making of public bodies.
So basically, all I know right now is that my name is in the hat. Along with many others at my work (eleven in my building) who are teachers. We have already cut five employees (which is low in comparison to many schools) and now we have to cut more. The BOE meeting is next Thursday but they don’t have to give us answers until May 15th. Normally our administration is really good about not making us sweat things out, so hopefully we will know by next Friday or the following Monday at the latest.
And get this…in my district, we presented a zero tax increase. ZERO!!! And the voters still said no. And you know why they said no??? Because Chris Christie told people that if their districts weren’t taking a pay freeze, do not pass the budget. And without bothering to educate themselves or even READ the notice that went home talking about their zero tax increase they came and voted no. Because they are convinced that by voting no, they are helping Chris Christie stick it to the man. What they do not realize, is that the wrong people are being punished. Bigger class sizes, lack of individual attention, no after school activities or sports and music & arts all taken away. You know who gets punished? The kids.
This is happening all over NJ. In every school.
I would like to send a big F.U. to Chris Christie!
I really do not want this to be an open forum for any political battles. I respect both sides of the political spectrum when parties are informed and educated (this does not mean regurgitating FoxsNews) but this is not the place for those arguments.
All I ask is that you keep your fingers crossed for me, my co-workers and the hundreds of others who are up against this same wall.
Oh, and if you can read this…thank a teacher.