Due to the state of New York State econonmics along with my district having zero budget increase the last two years voted on by the community we are facing the loss of 35-40 teachers. Whether they are "laid off," "excessed" or "accessed" they still face unemployment and the students will face more crowded classrooms, less ability to interact with their teachers, fewer supplies and a poorer education.
I know we're not in New York City and am grateful for that at this time but seeing talented and vital teachers checking to see how many minutes ahead of someone else they may be on the seniority list does not create the best atmosphere for teaching either. I have an extremely qualified student teacher who finishes her placement with me on Friday. She is looking out west for a position. I can't blame her. What hurts is that she is a former student of mine who should remain in Western New York but the economy here has created a brain drain here that has been going on for years. If I sound bitter about it I am. My daughter and son-in-law had to leave and most of my friends' children are employed away from here as well. Sorry for the rant.