oh right— the reapplication process

just F Y I

superintendent deasy made the decision to reconstitute by any other name— and of course, it smells as sweet. his decision to target crenshaw for "magnet conversion" is just a ruse to force the reapplication process of teachers and to shove out not only the incompetents (which of course do exist) but also the activists (of which there are many more). such are my suspicions at this moment. i am trepidatious until i see the key rabble-rousers, competent teachers all, return.

i emailed the principal my letter of intent to reapply; he forwarded same to the district liason; the district liason emailed me saying he was in receipt of the letter. nothing more was stated.

it was not until 6:45 PM on a friday when a colleague called me on the phone to ask my why i was not present for my 6:30 PM interview— i answered, "because no one told me one was scheduled." i have emailed the principal and the district liason telling them that due to the medical leave and my absence on campus, i would have been oblivious to the scheduled time unless contacted by phone or email. i respectfully asked for another interview, but i have yet to hear back from either of them.

never again will i go through this nightmare

having been on medical leave for just a little longer than i had expected but a little less than i would have hoped, i returned to work this week only to find myself thrown into the debacle that is CST testing at crenshaw high school.

for the last several years, CST testing has never gone quite right, mostly due to the incompetence of the person who fills the District-created position of Testing Coordinator. this is not entirely her fault, as the lack of administrative oversight allows for her incompetence to bloom like a foul rose, its smell penetrating every last classroom on campus.

i struggle to find the words to express my disdain and utter repulsion at the situation. i fear i will vomit on my desk.

the kids themselves are resilient, and manage to make the best of the situation but there is a major impact— i'd approximate that the confusion and chaos of yesterday has directly led to a full 1/3 of yesterday's students being absent today—and this in my classroom, where i struggle to shield from the tempest of the treacherous bureaucratic buffoons.

is it any wonder that the superintendent finds cause to criticize our school? is it any wonder that we all fear his desire to close the school down? i wonder if they will let me interview for my position, and more: if they will deign to allow me to return to the school i call my home.