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I hope it's not too late for you. I haven't logged onto this website in a couple of days. I found out today Monday February 25 that I need to resign if I do not want to get a letter of non reelect. My district told me that if I resign, I can put my last day of work effective May 30. that is the last day of school for us. I've been advised by several people, that it is better to resign than to get non-reelected. My dilema until today has been how much notice do I give? In my opinion, find out if your district will accept a resignation effective at the end of the school year. That way, it will look better to your next employer if you resigned at the end of the year. It's better to resign at the end of the year and not get a non-reelect. According to my district, the non-reelect will not go on my record, an therefore, I will not have to check yes on the application when that question is asked. I hope this helps and it's not too late. It's kinda nice knowing that there are other people in the same situation as I am. The only differences between us is that you have been teaching for 5 years. I am a probationary employee with two years under my belt and already I have another non-reelect from last year. I wised up and am resigning my position this year rather than getting another non-reelect.

Good Luck to you!

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Discussion Review (newest messages first)
shebish2U 07-27-2010 12:37 PM

Hey Gee Whiz - I think you're friend is right. I had a similar scenario to yours, got a poor evaluation and a NR in the same meeting. I spoke to our Union Attorney and she told me NOT to resign. That this whole thing is all about budget and has nothing to do with competence. It takes years of experience to get teaching down and esp. classroom management. Unemployment can be gotten even with resignation, but it just takes a little longer. My attorney felt that my principle was probably directed to give me a NR>

I had a temporary contract, after LT subbing for several months in my 2nd year of teaching. They did not have to give me a reason, but they chose to give me an evaluation after a week and a half of informal observations and walk thrus on my part. I thought she was trying to help me with classroom management. But in essence she used the process against me to say she had done everything she could to help me. I should have had a clue when she handed me a classroom management book and in front of a veteran teacher said the words, "here, read this, I've done everything I can to help you". My problems were no worse than any other teacher teaching 6th grade for the first time. The attorney also said to say on applications that my contract was not renewed. I'm looking at teaching overseas, tutoring and possibly going back to school. Times are tough right now, but it comes in cycles and we will come out of this. Things will get better.....and let's hope soon...

lmanson 07-23-2010 07:01 PM

It was a relief to read the numerous postings on this topic. I was fascinated by the the BTSA conspiracy theory b/c I was a 2nd-year teacher finishing up the program when I was non re-elected in Feb 2010.

I was praised for my students’ test scores a few months before the non re-elect b/c they were the highest in the 6th grade at our school. This led me to believe I was on the right track and had finally found a professional bliss.

The union and my AP encouraged me to resign. Otherwise, the non re-elect would be reported to the CTCC. Although the state ed code & bargaining agreement require evaluations to be done for all probationary (first & second year) teachers, I did not get one this year. A reason for this decision was not provided b/c the AP stated he was “bound” by the district to not give me one.

If there is any advice I could impart, it would be to privately consult an attorney because the union did not allow me to see one until it was too late, and that attorney was useless. Besides, the school district & union are essentially collaborators, so there is a conflict of interest.

I have (2) stellar letters of rec from APs who transferred from our school after my first year, as well as a multiple & single English credential. Despite about 45 applications since March, I have received only (1) response that did not result in a job.

Since most of these postings were in 2008, I was hoping someone could provide an update on their teaching status. Lousy job market aside, was this damaging to your career? Are you working in educatio? Thanks.

bitter-er? 06-28-2010 01:35 PM

I"m going to try to make mine brief. Hired with higher degree than rest of teachers in my Preschool Teacher position for local district. Co-teacher had degree from Flinstone's University, it was that old and so was she. She knew someone to get hired, I didn't : ) She told me on day one "I've never done this before. I have no idea what I"m doing." Stupid me, and being the helpful co-worker I am, I helped her. Everyone helped her, especially the evil Lead teacher who had a lesser degree and was jealous I knew what I was doing and didn't ask for her help. Plus, did I mention she was just plain evil? Well, you can imagine chapter 2. Taking advantage co-teacher of mine and need-to-feel-important-and-have-ego-stroked daily Lead teacher became bestest buddies. I've been doing this type of work for almost 20 years, always great evals, couldn't score higher on ECERS for my class, etc., parents loved me, blah, blah, blah. Imagine my surprise when I got called for my NonRe. I told them there was no way I was quitting, I hadn't done anything wrong. They tried to tell me they didn't know if I'd get unemployment if I resigned and pushed for that. I said, No thanks. ...... All of the above plus our new Board President is my old principal from a different school district and he got in trouble because I brought to light the fact he wasn't having the gate watched and kids were almost getting run over on a daily basis. Can anyone say payback? I haven't met an Admin. who truly is first and foremost concerned about kids. Add it all up and it spells politics. That and favortism on the part of management. That and they don't like smart people who ask questions. That and good is evil and evil is good nowadays. If all you want to do is keep kids safe, teach them right, just do your job.... teaching in a school district makes it impossible. .... They want you OUT!

Newbie RSP 02-04-2010 01:48 PM

New career as an Education Specialist temporarily ruined by the micro-managing control freak Principal! I felt a warning go off in the interview, then later when offered the position, but I took it anyway! Listen to your vibes! Anyway, 15 years in education with stellar evaluations from at least 6 different Principals in gen. ed. Earned my Education Specialist credential, got a job with the district I subbed with while I got the credential, then...
Let's just say I am not young, inexperienced and meek and was trying to be an effective member of a new team. Principal wanted me to shut up and bow down to her, but I thought I was doing too good of a job, teachers and I got along great, formed positive relationships with my kids and parents to get a non re-elect. Haven't got it yet, but was told I would.
I guess I thought my work ethic, experience and passion would be what I was primarily judged on, but she wanted only submission. Well, she is right, we are not a fit, her and I that is ; )
After a lot of my own and my friends' critical thinking I wrote a letter of reg. and dated it the last day of school. I am hoping that it will be accepted and I can evade the check box of "non-reelect" on an application. Also, although probationary, union said that if they turn around and fire me after I sent that, they will refer me to the lawyers. They couldn't do anything else though. Ahh... school districts don't like lawyers and this is unfair so perhaps it can be a win-win. If not, perhaps unemployment will accept it since I was willing to work, but was fired. I will let you all know what happens.
A lot of SPED teachers going through this it seems.... We need experience, a lot of support, and good Principals who are there for the students and the staff. Without them, we are left to suffer the wrath of the Politian Principals who are only about their power and increasing test scores to make themselves look good. Don't lose faith as it does nothing good for us to be victims. We must be assertive and believe in ourselves especially for our new job search.
Good luck to all of us, let's thrive!

Mrs. Kinder 10-24-2009 12:48 AM

So, what did you say when applying for a new job after this incident? Were you given the option for resign? Did you admit to be "non-renewed"? THANKS!

Mrs. Kinder 10-24-2009 12:40 AM

Did you get another job? I had the same situation where I was faced with a non-renewal. My first two years went great and I got excellent evals. Then all of the sudden we get this new 1st year principal who seemed like she knew "what was up" in education. Well, at least for the first two months. After that our school quickly became hell on earth. She non-renewed all of the teachers who were up for tenure. There were three of us, including me. We were offered the choice to resign instead of having a non-renewal. After consulting with the president of KNEA (Kansas National Teacher's Association) we decided to resign. We were told by the KNEA president, Linda Hollingshed, that resigning would be wisest decision as far as seeking future employment and not losing out on unemployment rights. Well, I just had a teaching interview, which could NOT have gone any better but I was not offered the job. I was told by the school principal that I was the first teacher that they interviewed. I have a feeling that the principal that I had last year said more that she was "legally" supposed to when called for a reference. I am no dummy. I know my rights through KNEA. I even had a KNEA rep at my unemployment phone interview. I asked them all of the classic non-renewed questions. "Should I tell the truth on future applications or lie and say that I resigned for "X" reasons. So far I have been putting that "I resigned because my husband was supposed to be transferred with his job". I was told by a former "GOOD" principal that this was a good explanation. Now I am worried that I should not lie and that I should just say that I was "forced to resign due to budget cuts". What shall I do? Did you get a new job? What did you say on your application? I don't want to screw myself over for lack of better words. HELP please!!!

3qjr9e 05-25-2009 09:28 PM

I am a social worker, and have known teachers who are now social workers or probation officers. I have a daughter who was given the non re elect notification at 1 1/2 years as a counselor, with good evaluations. After some research, she ended up resigning, as she did not want a non re elect in connection with her first job. She has another job at a charter school, and was just informed her hours would be cut in half. She is attempting to get unemployment benefits, and was told that her case was still open from when she applied last year. She never received any money off of that first claim as she accepted the current job soon after. She actually thought she was not entitled to the benefits because she had resigned the first counselor position, but apparently she was, as she is drawing off the original claim.

Caliecouns 05-05-2009 07:05 PM

Wow, so glad I found this site. I felt like the only one out there. I am a counselor and got a non re-elect after my 2nd year and NO evals, NO meetings with admin etc. I believe it was not performance but the fact that I rubbed the Executive Director of Personnel the wrong way. What I want to know and some of you have stated this in your posts is IS THERE WORK AFTER A NON RE-ELECT????/ I have heard that once districts see the non re-elect they won't touch you. I just can't believe my 7 year career in education is over because of one jerk. Any posts that you could give to let me know I can get through this would be greatly appreciated.

ROGUE 05-01-2008 09:39 PM

I am in a similar situation. I have been non-reelected. I was told I do not fit. This comes on the heels of a very positive evaluation, where my site administration recommended me for re-hire. My district is making a habit out of doing this to 2nd year teachers. First I'll give you my reasons for not resigning, then a couple of ideas of why districts follow this practice.

The only advantage to resigning goes to the district. In California almost EVERY application for teachers has two boxes side by asking if you have ever be non-reelected and the other asking if you have ever been asked to resign. Most districts have, just barely, the brain power to figure out the boxes are virtually the same thing. By resigning, at least in CA, you have given up your rights to contest any sort of unfair business practice AND you must wait at least an extra 8 to 10 weeks to apply for unemployment benefits. If you go through the non reelection process make sure you stand up for your rights! If the district has stated you do not fit...that is a reason and in most states a reason is considered cause, and cause has VERY specific rules district must follow to get rid of you. If you are a member ofa Union, ask for a legal consultation with an should be free. Many people say they are affraid the "stigma" of being a non reelected teacher will follow them forever, but with budgets the way they are...worry more about your rights as an employee. Also make sure you know the Ed Code for becoming tenured...if you are in CA look at 44918 and the code sections near it.

There are a few reasons districts follow this practice; to keep the base of tenured teachers down as well as the average salary, to prevent teachers with an active voice from becoming an issue, and possibly even (prepare for a possible CONSPIRACY THEORY) to keep funding pouring in...try to follow this...BTSA pays districts far more money than the distrct pays the Support Providers. If the district removes 2nd year teachers (whom they will receive no BTSA funding for in year 3) and replaces them with new 1st year teachers, they make sure the state funding for BTSA keeps flowing in.

Bottom line is the practice is dishonest at its core. Districts are paying more attention to the bottom line than the welfare and education of the students. They are being paid to provide the best possible educational environment, yet think nothing of the teachers they are kicking to the curb. Teachers need to use every resource possible to protect their rights; use your Union, consult an attorney, have other teachers draft letters of support, talk to your School Board members, GET PARENTS TO SUPPORT YOU, but through it all stay positive...don't give your administration any extra ammunition

Granola Girl 04-13-2008 11:38 AM

Hi X Teacher,
Good luck on your new career change! I'm sure you'll do well! Just wondering what field are you moving on to? It is known that many teachers switch professions after 5 years, but I have no idea what fields they commonly switch to. I'm curious to know so that I can think of different types of professional jobs to keep as options that a teacher may find appealing. I know every individual will choose a completely different career path, but I was just wondering about which popular career paths teachers go into. Hopefully it's stable, not sales-oriented, and doesn't require working in a hospital. Thanks!

x-teacher 04-11-2008 10:43 AM

I am in the same situation and here is the info I got from HR...

We consulted legal counsel, as well as phoned the Unemployment Office. They both advised that an employee resigning in and of itself, does not disqualify them from receiving unemployment benefits. They both advised that the employee document the fact that they were going to be non-reelected (provide a copy of the letter), and opted to resign in lieu of taking the non-reelection.

I have been a teacher for eight years with a perfect evaluation record (except for this last one, which was nit picky and unjustified). I had recently changed school districts so I was still considered probationary. I am opting to change careers because I am tired of feeling unappreciated and working long hours with no extra pay. Plus, the thought of possibly returning next year to teaching overcrowded classrooms and no budget. No thanks!

Thankfully I will be graduating this semester with my MA, so I have accepted an internship that starts next week (yes, I'm walking out of my contract). Wish me luck!

Gee Whiz 04-09-2008 06:42 PM

I can totally relate. I got a non re-elect too. I work extremely hard, but I know that I have classroom management problems, being a new teacher and mild-mannered. The administrators also told me that I was a "good person" and just not the right fit for the school. Then they recommended that I try schools with more higher performing, solidly middle class students rather a teaching position at an urban, low performing school. I had some really difficult students with lots of issues. I'm not sure if I should continue teaching or look into a different profession. I guess I have to look at all of this objectively. I can understand their point of view, but it's hard to celebrate the good things I have done after getting that all-encompasing non re-elect letter. I was given the option to resign and will do so so that it won't be on my record. However, a childhood friend of mine who's been teaching longer than me said that she would opt for the non re-elect letter to get unemployment benefits. This happened to her because of political reasons. She also said that the school district giving the non re-elect letter can't say anything detrimental about a formal employee (that's illegal). Don't know if what she said was true, but just wanted to let you know.

bitter 04-05-2008 06:26 AM

I have just been encouraged by administration to resign, since the superintendent has decided not to nominate me for renewal. This seemed to come out of nowhere, or at least only within the last few weeks. I had a teaching observation from the spec ed director back in January that I didn't see the writeup for until March. Needless to say, it wasn't great. But then, I had the same person observe me again in March and _that_ writeup _was_ great. _Then_, the building principal observed me and gave me another lousyish writeup. These 3 writeups all came within the same few weeks. How would I have had time to implement all the recommendations by April 4?

This was my second year in this school district. To my knowledge, last year administration was very pleased with my performance: all my observations were great. This year is a whole different story, suddenly. And it's not a budgetary thing, b/c when I asked, they said I'd be replaced. So it's obviously something about me.

I guess the worst thing is they won't tell me _why_ this is happening. I know they don't have to tell me b/c I'm not tenured, but it's very frustrating not knowing what I need to avoid doing in the future. I probed but they kept telling me not to torture myself trying to figure it out. They just kept saying "it wasn't a good fit" and "It doesn't make you a bad person." Worse, now that they're officially rid of me, they keep _graciously_ saying how "intelligent" I am, and how I have a long career ahead of me. What the hell?!! Sorry, but, (a) they're telling me things I already know, that apparently are of no help to me in my present assignment, (b) it is completely worthless information to me. They're giving me the standard responses they tell people when they don't want to disclose the real reasons.

My gut feeling is there is a hidden agenda. If I was just purely a bad teacher, wouldn't it be unethical of them to offer to sell me off so well to some other district? _They_ don't want me anymore, why should anyone else?

What I want to know is, what do some of those hidden agendas look like? When it looks on the surface as if it is _not_ budgetary? Might I have been too honest this year about my concerns and frustrations? Might I have stood up to administration a few times too many when they humiliated me at parent meetings?

I know. You're thinking I'm better off somewhere else. Maybe so. But it doesn't make me feel any better today, in April, with no job in September.

beachbum 03-17-2008 11:14 AM

I am working as a Mild-Moderate Intern and am working my 2nd year at the same school. The principal and I are great friends, I get along well with staff, students love me, students have improved, etc.

I got a non-reelect. Is it because I am still an intern and did not complete my level 1 so I can't be tenured next year as states the law (After 2 years, tenure is automatic)?

Anyone else in this position?

I truly believe the nonreelect is due to not having completed the credential program/student teaching but I do have a clear multiple subject.

The principal is bummed and the district won't say "peep."

Windshime 03-15-2008 09:47 PM

I too got the letter of non reelection. It feels really crappy because I wasn't given a reason. I honestly think that the principal had something against me besides the budgets being cut. I person at human resources said if I resign the non reelect will be void basically. The problem is, with cuts everywhere I don't know if I may get a job right away. The other thing is should I resign, or leave it like it is?

Woody418 03-10-2008 07:55 PM

just wish I would have known about this site. I have been told that I would not have my contract renewed twice now in two diffrent districts both two years apart. The first one was totaly my fault for unknowingly getting on the wrong side of large town politics in a district where there is a teachers college and no shortage of cheap first year teachers. I was ok with that because I wanted to teach in a smaller school anyway and it opened the way for it. After I found out that I was being non-renewed I decided to resign on my own terms and not have that on my record. I had one interview and was offered a job. Unfortunatly in my second year at that position I had a parent who "used to teach" come yell at me on the playground for an assignment a sub gave her student. In my wonderful wisdom I decided to stand my ground over and over with her all year on a ton of small unimportant things and thought I had the administration behind me. What I didn't know was that she was activly champining the school board to not renew my contract. Needless to say the small town wife/secretary of the only local insurance salesman who "used to teach" got her way. She was even going to the Sup. about me. Now I have a job in a district that I truly enjoy and have learned to play "the game" unfortunatly. I know this was horribly long and maybe I should have put this in the Vent but there is life out there after being told about your non-renewal. Quit on your terms and then you can tell interviewers that it wasn't a good fit, you wanted to work in their district, or you were just needed a change. Most of the time that will be the last thing they are worried about. Focus on your good qualities. Good Luck Sorry this was so long.

shrtpvteacher 03-10-2008 07:00 PM

I am also worried about the possibility of not getting a job next year due to the budget crisis. I am a probationary 1 teacher in the BITSA program and I was told today by my admin. that I have a lot of good qualities but he feels I am not a good fit for this school. I am not sure what to do, I dont want a non re-elect but I also do not want to resign and be left without unemployment benefits if there are no teaching availabilities. What is the best option? Anyone know?

molly2008 03-08-2008 07:34 PM

I am a Prob 2 and got a non reelect. If it is in lieu of RIF due to budget cuts, that is illegal. I did not resign, and am leaving it as a non reelect because who in their right mind would resign during the CA budget crisis? I think it would look fishy. Anyway, I interviewed for a job a week later and got it but it starts ASAP. I am going to give 2 weeks notice and hope that the district can't afford to try to get my certificate suspended. Anyone have experiences with getting out of your contract for the rest of the year after you were already told you're not good enough to return the next year?

orthey 03-01-2008 08:39 AM

Thanks for your post. It helps to see reasons for non-reelects.

I'm a 2nd year probationary and this came out of the blue for me. My district decided to not tell me the reason, and they can do that under ed. code. They don't say budget cuts, but that can't be the sole reason if I know plenty of other new teachers that get to keep their positions. It's so not fair. I consider to be a good 2nd year teacher and if it is due to some kind of professional problem, I need the feedback from them! The district admin could only say, "you'd be a better fit someplace else-it's not here"

I'm just wondering how easy it'd be in general to get a new teaching position if people are supposedly cutting everywhere...

Alliegallie 02-25-2008 07:54 PM

Thank you so much for your encouragement and words of wisdom. My aides, both of them have been there alot longer than I have. One of which has been there 12 years. The other 4 years. I also replaced a favorite male teacher who had a connection with the students who were returning 7th and 8th graders from last year. I found out today that I can resign and make the effective date May 30th which is the last day of school for us. It would be better if I resign rather than get a non-reelect, a second one. That way I will not have two non-reelects on my record. I will look up the inof you suggested. Thanks again for your kind words.

Alliegallie 02-25-2008 07:45 PM

I hope it's not too late for you. I haven't logged onto this website in a couple of days. I found out today Monday February 25 that I need to resign if I do not want to get a letter of non reelect. My district told me that if I resign, I can put my last day of work effective May 30. that is the last day of school for us. I've been advised by several people, that it is better to resign than to get non-reelected. My dilema until today has been how much notice do I give? In my opinion, find out if your district will accept a resignation effective at the end of the school year. That way, it will look better to your next employer if you resigned at the end of the year. It's better to resign at the end of the year and not get a non-reelect. According to my district, the non-reelect will not go on my record, an therefore, I will not have to check yes on the application when that question is asked. I hope this helps and it's not too late. It's kinda nice knowing that there are other people in the same situation as I am. The only differences between us is that you have been teaching for 5 years. I am a probationary employee with two years under my belt and already I have another non-reelect from last year. I wised up and am resigning my position this year rather than getting another non-reelect.

Good Luck to you!

clara1430 02-13-2008 03:35 PM

After 5 years of teaching and pretty high observation marks, my ap
and instructional specialist have hounded me all year long. I've been told that I'm not reaching the students, their test scores are low, and that I'm not a right fit for 7th grade. My students' test scores have improved, and a high percentage of them will pass the state tests. However, I feel that I'm taking the fall for those students who do not pass--never mind that they are ESL kids!!!

Anyway, my principal told me that she is not recommending my renewal for next year and that I have the option of resigning or being terminated. I have to turn in my resignation in two days.

What do I do? I LOVE teaching and am wondering if my resignation will affect me being rehired in another school district. Do I have to check yes on the box on the applications that asks if I have been terminated or nonrenewed?

Please advise.

lisandom 02-12-2008 02:14 PM

In my state every nontenured teacher receives a "pink slip" each year due to budget cuts. Many are rehired. Aides can make life difficult for new teachers, but hang in there! (at least until June) I worked w/ the middle school aged ED/BD population for 7 years, they are a tough bunch! I had the pleasure of working w/ dynamite aides who loved the students as much as I did, but understood the need to "band together" or suffer from divide and conquer. Students w/ ED/BD are masters at manipulation and will utilize any chance they can get to divide and conquer authority figures. Read the book "Don't Shoot the Dog!" by Karen Pryor. Also, check out the website, Youth change has great ideas for working with at risk/problem kids. Once you "reach" them, it can be the most rewarding experience. It is exhausting! Find an ally, get recommendations, if you do not want to work in this type of population. There are great free resources on the internet to help you teach and provide behavioral support. If these students have learning issues, the special education team, including school adjustment counselors and school psychologist should have resources to help you. Go to the person in your building or district, who is responsible for specil education students or alternative ed (regular ed at risk students) because you should not have to "sink or swim" esp. with these 7th and 8th grade boys. Parents may or may not be helpful. Only enlist their help if they can be allies in improving their children's homework performance or behavior. Good luck with the aide situation. (Has she worked with these students longer than you? She may feel like their MOM, and they need her and her protection from the system.) You need to figure out what is motivating her behavior. Then work to change her behavior.

Alliegallie 02-11-2008 07:01 PM

Thank you too for your supportive response. You know there's a box on the application that asks you if you have ever been asked to resign a position or given a non-reelect (non renewed contract)? Well in the app for this job there was that horrible question. On the application you have to be honest, so I checked that I had a non-reelect. At the end of my interview for this position, I was asked about it. My answer was that it just wasn't a good fit. I thought I blew the whole interview and was surprised when I got the job a few days later. So the answer to your question is yes, they did know that I had one non-reelect already. I don't know if they wanted to make me resign on my own or not. As for the aide that keeps running to the admin about me. I have discussed with her talking to me first several times yet she still does it. The documentation and written rationale for giving me a non-reelect is a good idea. One I hadn't thought of.

bis4betsy 02-10-2008 02:13 PM

Hang in there! 7/8 grade ED boys would be tough for anyone, especially for a new teacher. Did they put you in this postition after a non-reelect from last year to try and make you want to resign on your own? If you truly want to continue try to make the best of it until June.
I agree with the previous poster, budget cuts are certainly going to be the norm for a lot of teachers in CA losing their jobs soon so I think you should stick it out. My district is threatening to give everyone without tenure pink slips this year.
However, having been a victim of the aides running to the office and undermining your ability to teach I think you need to ask for written documentation of rationale for giving you a non-reelect and get your union rep in on this too. My aides made it darn near impossible for me because I actually expected them to work and not babysit all day! I had all kinds of documentation on their antics but I never needed to use it, they asked to move to another room because it finally became obvious that I was harder to replace than them.

RAD 02-10-2008 11:36 AM

I wish some others would respond to your post so you had more opinions than just mine. I still believe a mid-year resignation would look worse that 2 non re-elects.
Have you talked to the aide? I would have a sit down talk with her. Let her know you are aware she has concerns, but would appreciate it if she would bring these to your attention before she goes to Admin.
Also, if your Administration is not being very supportive, this may not be the school you want to be in anyway.
I would suggest you start looking for another position in another district immediately. Maybe you can find another job for next year before the non reelect goes on your record. Since you previous Adminstrator was supportive, can you use him as a reference instead of the current Admin.?
Do you have another teacher you can use as a reference also?
I truly just cannot see the advantage to resigning. Maybe I am missing something, but I would not be impressed with a teacher that resigned mid-year. However, I can well understand classroom management issues with 7 & 8 grade ED students.
Again, I wish others would respond to this post.
Let me know what you decide and how things go.
One more thing - Is the Administrator that is not supportive a Principal or a Special Ed Director? If it's the principal, can you go to the Special Ed Director for help?

Alliegallie 02-10-2008 10:44 AM

Thank you for your supportive response. I am in California. My school changed administrators in December. My first one was very supportive, the second one is not so. I think my biggest problem is one of my two aides keeps going to the administration about me without speaking to me first about her "concerns". My union told me to quit mid year because it would not be good for future jobs to have two non reelects in a row. That way I would only have one on my record.

RAD 02-10-2008 05:33 AM

I still see no reason to resign. It doesn't matter if it's on your record that you were let go due to budget cutbacks. That happens all the time and is would not go against you.
As for problems with Classroom management, you are a new teacher teaching 7 & 8 grade boys with behavior problems. OMG You are no doubt going to have some Classroom management problems. Has administration given you support? Have they helped you with techniques for getting your class under control?
Can you take a class or workshop to learn some new techniques? Do you have a mentor to help you brainstorm some things you can do?
Probationary teachers can be let go at the end of every year without any reason (or at least in my state). I'm not sure anything would be put on your record except that you were not offered another contract. If teachers are being let go due to budget cuts, that can may be the sole reason.
I question why your union would tell you to resign during the year. To me that would look worse on your record than not being rehired.
Feel free to send me a private email if there is more to the story you do not want to post publicly.
Are you in the US?

Alliegallie 02-09-2008 06:26 PM

It means my contract is not going to be renewed due to budget cut backs and my own skills with classroom management. I work with Emotionally Disturbed 7th and 8th grade boys who are in my Special Day Class due to behavior problems. Believe me, I want to work until the end of my contract but if I resign now, I will not get the letter of non-reelect and it will not go on my record.

RAD 02-09-2008 06:08 PM

I am confused by your post. What is a non-reelect and why are you being recommended for it for the second time? Do you mean your contract is not being renewed? And why? Is it due to teacher cuts or due to your teaching skills? I can't understand why you would resign now if you are just being laid off at the end of the year. There would always be the chance of being called back. Why wouldn't you finish out the year?

Alliegallie 02-09-2008 04:43 PM

I have a Preliminary Level 1 Education Specialist Credential. I worked for my first year as an RSP teacher. I got a non-re-elect last year. I got another job as a Special Education ED teacher in a SDC class of 7th and 8th grade students. My problem is my administrator told me that he was going to recommend me for another non-reelect by February 15, 2008. I spoke with my union rep and decided it would be in my best interest to resign rather than have a second non-reelect on my record. My problem is I need to resign this week and am wondering how much time I should give on my resignation letter? I am really frustrated about this and am struggling with talking about this to people I know. Any suggestions would help me alot.

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