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Contract - $2000 penalty ????
Old 07-16-2008, 12:43 PM
 
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I turned down a contract today for a charter school. I was VERY uncomfortable with the clause that stated if I quit before Aug. 1, I owe the school $2000!!! And if I quit after Aug. 1, I owe 10% of my annual salary!!! I know they want to keep people from taking other offers, but I can't afford that kind of price for changing my mind!!! No thanks.


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I have never heard something like that. Where is it? I mean what state?
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Our district had a clause like that. There was a window of time that we could quit without being penalized otherwise there would be a deduction in our payroll. That was the first time I heard of something like that.
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This is in Ohio. I could understand withholding money from a pay, or returning a bonus if there was one, but coughing up money you've never even earned?? wow.
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Old 07-16-2008, 05:31 PM
 
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Our district has a similar clause, but there is a window of time that you have to cancel a contract without a penalty. Apparently too many people were accepting jobs and then backing out.


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Old 07-16-2008, 05:42 PM
 
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huh. well, maybe if my school had this clause it would keep people from quitting during the school year! i can see using it during the school year, but i wouldn't like the fact that i couldn't quit before school started - if i felt the need to leave.
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I would have done the same thing... thats really scary! I think you made the right decision. Keep your head up, something better will come along.
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Why would schools do this?
Old 07-17-2008, 05:07 AM
 
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Why wouldn't they want their teachers to be happy? At my old charter school, you could get out at any time with no penalty. They could also get rid of you at any time. A few teachers did quit mid-year, but why would you want teachers who were unhappy at their job to stay just to avoid a monetary penalty? That's not what's best for the kids...
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employment at will
Old 07-17-2008, 06:39 AM
 
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I agree.....the funny thing is that in this contract, the school's end of the contract was employment "at will" meaning they could terminate you at any time for any reason - without any severance or compensation.
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