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April 2016....Will April showers bring May flowers?
Words From Our President...
Painful! As you know, I often share personal stories to illustrate a point. So, today will be no different. I started writing this column while participating at the Indiana State Teachers Association (ISTA) Representative Assembly. Teachers across the state serve as delegates. Such events offer you an opportunity to connect with colleagues you have not seen for awhile. What do you do when you see such a colleague? If you're me, you greet them with a smile, and you might offer a hug and receive one in return.
Painful! Hugs were painful for me at that meeting. I will explain more by the time you get to the end. . . you know it is very important to "read until the end." Let's talk about education and how painful relates. I will share some factual information.
Painful! It will be truly painful for our HSE family if the referendum fails. Higher class sizes will be painful. Since I've been at HSE, I have had a few classes over 35 with the highest 39. Those numbers are painful and a disservice to the students.
Painful! It would be painful to see support staff and administrators lose jobs. They feed their families just as teachers do.
Painful! Reduction-in-Force (RIF) would be painful. Loss of teachers causes everyone pain, but especially those teachers who lose jobs and then teachers not riffed experience higher class size.
Painful! This situation causes discussions in whose ox will be gored. You hear stories of discussions about program cuts, groups of positions that could be eliminated in order to save others.
Painful! The hours of testing students have endured this year in standardized exams has been truly painful for those students. Another day, another test.
Painful! It has been difficult to watch some policy makers who have created a vision for public education without experience in the trenches. (As a history teacher, I can assure you that trench warfare is painful!)
Painful! As a government teacher, it has been painful, to see that some potential voters fail to exercise their vote. Don't let that be you! Don't cause me more pain!
Painful! Last year, one of my high school friends advised me to get a shingles vaccine. I failed to heed her advice. Last week, I received a shingles diagnosis. This malady feels as if you have knives gouging into your skin and then twisting a bit. Now, you understand why the hugs have been painful at the ISTA RA.
Painful! The Health Center told me it will take several weeks for improvement just as it will take a week or so for us to have referendum news to avoid other potential "painful" solutions I outlined above.
Painful! My pain tolerance remains high. Hugs are most willingly accepted--especially on my right side, as of now!
Spring ISTA - Representative Assembly
Thank you to all! And THANK YOU for making TEACHERS a top priority!
Tonya Kneller and Leslie Brown, with Indiana's Superintendent of Public Instruction, Glenda Ritz!
VP of Politcal Action, Ben Yoder, endorsing ISTA VP Keith Gambill.
Leslie Brown chatting with John Gregg, candidate for Governor.
Celebration Of Teachers! May 2nd-May 4th! National Teacher Week!
Happy Teacher Appreciation Week! Always remember - we treasure you ALWAYS, just not during this special week!
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