Obama’s Teacher Poster-Child Laid Off—Twice

Unbelievable…this is one messed up educational system…while teacher tenure rules are important to protect against whimsical, politically motivated, or other “without merit” firings, it is absolutely ridiculous that the tenure system keeps the lowest performing 10% or so, as with any institution or company, and lays off the highest performing, non-tenured teachers…this must change.  It devastates Title I schools since most tenured teachers do not wish to teach at them, so the newest, and usually most motivated, teachers go there and are the first to be let go when pink slips are sent out…a lawsuit is challenging this practice in CA…I hope it sparks change throughout the US….

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Even a photo op with the president couldn’t save one Ohio kindergarten teacher’s job.

Amanda VanNess, a 25-year-old teacher in the Toledo Public Schools,initially lost her job in July as her district was facing budget cuts, according to theWall Street Journal.

A month later, she received an invitation from the White House to stand behind President Obama in the Oval Office as he signed a bill that put $26 billion toward saving teachers’ jobs.

“The idea was, with this bill passing, it was going to give teachers a better chance of being called back,” VanNess told the Journal.

Toledo Public Schools received $7.6 million of the federal funds. Just before school started, the district offered VanNess a job teaching 2nd grade.

But with student enrollment down 5.4% from last fall, the school district recently gave out another round of pink slips—and VanNess was not spared.

The Toledo Blade reported that VanNess’ district “hasn’t spent a dollar of the $7.6 million in teacher rehire money it received from the Aug. 10 bill, opting instead to save it for next school year to rehire or retain a myriad [of] school employees—probably not teachers.”

VanNess told the Journal she’s hoping to “wait this out” and “get back into the classroom.”

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About Dave aka Mr. Math Teacher

Secondary math teacher teaching math intervention, algebra 1, honors precalculus, and AP Calculus AB. I spent 25 years in high tech in engineering, marketing, sales and business development roles in the satellite communications, GPS, semiconductor, and wireless industries. I am awed by the potential in our nation's youth and I hope to instill in them the passion to improve our world at local, state, national, and global levels.
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