Teh Squeaky Wheel
O grabbin’ Greetings!
Yesterday I had a nice visit with Shamrock.
She just flew in from Colorado & boy her arms were tired!
She’s doing well, for those of you that don’t talk to her on Facebook.
She likes it there & doesn’t ever plan on moving back to Texas.
Good morning, Rabbit; thanks for the Shamrock update--glad she’s doing well. Hope you and BW are too.
Sure Happy It’s Thursday, GN
Glad to “see” ya and that you and Shammy had a nice visit.
Thanks for checking-in, Jerry. “Licked By A Marmot” sounds like it ought to be a new reality show; I’ll get right on the pitch package. 😉
Po’, po’ thread puppy. 🙁
Didnt Zappa do an album: Marmots Ripped My Flesh back in the 60’s?
I’ve always rather liked Neon Park’s cover art for that album:
And “Eric Dolphy Memorial Barbecue” has long been one of my favorite Zappa compositions.
Teh cover art was a parody of this ad:
Sure Happy It’s Thursday, Gerbil Nation!
Hai, O-grabbin’ RabBiT!
It’s wonderful to see you! Thanks for filling us in on Shammy!
Good morning, Sven, Fatwa, and Mac!
Today is the first official day back to school -- two days of ‘professional development’ (meetings), a day to get your classroom set up, then students return on Wednesday. It seems really odd not to be there. It also means the district starts paying me again -- at least until they wrap up their investigation and begin the process of firing me. That’s when the lawyers get involved. A couple of weeks ago the head of HR said she’d set up a meeting when she knew more -- hopefully for the end of this week (so they could avoid paying me). We’ll see. Of course the rep from the California Teachers Association hasn’t been in touch in a couple of months -- no surprise there.
This too, shall pass.
This is one of those instances where I kinda hope the school bureaucracy screws-up and issues you paychecks for a while ’cause they can’t get their sh!t together re the investigation.
Just read there’s a mall in northern California with two different minimum wages:
The Westfield Valley Fair Mall straddles two cities. One side of the mall is in Santa Clara, but walk a few feet down the mall, and you’re in San Jose. In 2012, San Jose voters agreed to raise the city’s minimum wage from $8 to $10 an hour.
The article goes on to explain how merchants on the $8.00/hr. side have lost good employees to the $10.00/hr. side and are having a difficult time finding decent workers.
“We get the bottom of the barrel here,” [shoe store manager Phillip] Sandigo says. “Not really focused. … One guy came in high the other day.”
Well, if you pay your employees well, and treat them decently, they are less likely to go somewhere else.
No phone calls from the district today. No emails either. I guess I’m employed (but not working) for another day. I know I messed up their plans by not resigning, but that’s not my problem. They’re actually going to have to make their case to get rid of me or come up with a decent settlement. At the moment I favor a public apology issued from stocks in the public square as a starting point, but I know that will never happen.
That just bites, Paddy. It seems like they have treated you like crap from the beginning. I suspect you are just not a team player and keep worrying about educating kids. I do hope they make a fair settlement, but that would still suck.
Can you look at private schools?
I can look at private schools -- and plan to -- but I still need three letters of recommendation, including one from a supervisor. That would, of necessity, be part of any settlement.
I hope that can be arranged. It seems people are being very churlish about that.
To give them the benefit of the doubt, I think some have no idea of what’s going on and don’t want to risk recommending someone who has been accused of who knows what. I think a certain level of immaturity plays into it. My colleague who also came into teaching from a career in industry and is about my age had no qualms writing a letter of recommendation for me. Most of my other colleagues have only ever been teachers.
Cowards, owned by the system.
Yeah, pretty much.
I don’t have any idea what kind of BS they are trying to lay on you but I think every good teacher I have known had trouble from administrators and/or unions because they put education of kids ahead of protecting others’ rice bowls. I am starting to thing public education at higher levels is not workable. Maybe it has to be at a local enough level to be accountable to the parents and community. I don’t know but I am becoming a big fan of vouchers, although I suspect if it really caught on the Feds would take it over and ruin it. Can’t have successful competition.
I am sorry, my friend. You have my highest admiration and respect.
Thank you, Mac. I really do appreciate that.