2017/18 Elm Place Teacher Concern
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2 veteran English Language Arts* (ELA) teachers are retiring from Elm Place (EP) = a large void in the ELA department.
Replacing them with a veteran science and a veteran social studies teacher = a void in quality of the ELA department + a void in the science department + a void in the social studies dept
End result = staffing voids in 3 departments at EP. Why? Because District 112 (D112) instructed the EP principal to find a staffing solution** using 2 less teachers.
According to Monica Schroeder, staffing from within was the ONLY solution. There were to be no new hires and no transfers from other D112 schools. Why no transfers? D112 didn't want to disrupt the harmony of teachers at Edgewood (EW) nor Northwood (NW) nor do the teachers want an involuntary transfer.
We are ONE district. Teachers are employees of D112 - not specific schools. As a community we need to ask, why are we not staffing our schools as a district? If there isn’t a D112 ELA teacher available, perhaps hiring one should be considered?
The driving decision of D112 needs to be what is best for students and their education. The best interest of students at EW, NW AND EP. This decision is most definitely NOT in the best interest of the students at EP.
* Jan Foughner and Leslie Jaffe
** EP has been forced to move the only "certified" ELA teachers from their current positions to fill the open slots. "Certified" as their certification was 20 years ago and neither have taught a day of ELA in their careers.
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