Friday, August 22, 2008

Drama Drama Drama

As I may have mentioned before, we have three teachers leaving the school. Kate, so far, has hired one replacement. It's not like she's not trying to hire replacements, it's just not that easy. Apparently there is a dearth of qualified ESL teachers who want to work 17 hours a week, some of it at night, and deal with volunteers not showing, students not showing, never having as much money as we'd like, etc. Go figure. Kate actually hired a teacher who backed out, then hired another teacher who didn't work out for reasons I will not go into. Then, another teacher gave her two-week notice last night. I've been at my job for almost four months, and in a few weeks I will be the third most-senior staff member (including the director) out of a staff of seven. That's a little nuts.

I'm trying to convince Kate that this is a great opportunity, that the experience she's losing in her staff will be compensated for by the enthusiasm of newly hired - and probably newly graduated - teachers. So far it's not working.

On a separate note, I am outraged with the Criminal Justice system. One of my students is studying Civics (i.e.. preparing for the Citizenship test) as a condition of her probation. I called her PO today to make sure we were meeting the requirements, because she was told to take the class until it was finished. And they referred her to us, an open-entry, open-exit program (therefore, no start, and no finish). Her PO basically told me that he's not sure what the judge wanted, exactly; that she should attend until she's off probation (umm, ok, I don't know what she did but couldn't that be a realllly long time?) and that the judge ordered the class because he saw her immigration status and figured it couldn't hurt. WTH? I don't know her immigration status but I'm thinking she's probably legal or they'd be threatening deportation. So, even though she's (presumably) legal, he saw the brown skin and figured she needed educating? Give me a break. This is ridiculous. I wish I could find out exactly what she did, because she seems very nice and meek and her attendance has been good. I just don't see the lawbreaker.

Rant over.

1 comment:

Kate said...

Hey! I've had a whole weekend to get over it. Onward and upward, right?