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Re: Chicago/How is ART important enough to THEM to let you go?

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Stenger - Judith DiSalvo (jstenger)
Wed, 25 Mar 1998 16:55:46 -0500 (EST)

Wow! They pay your way? IMPRESSIVE. I teach in Montgomery
County, MD--supposedly one of the top educational systems in the country
(at least that's what the PR literature says, and we certainly have a
healthy tax base) and I pay my own way. It's still worth it to me.

On Wed, 25 Mar 1998, EVasso wrote:

> In a message dated 98-03-21 16:31:44 EST, you write:
> << How in the HAGGIS do you get your systems to let you gals&guys go to
> Chicago? I have limits placed on day long workshops.Must be nice!
> I am not being sarcastic - Just curious- so please don't get mad or verbally
> EVEN >>
> Sorry I have taken so long to answer you. I was out of town. No offense taken
> by your question. On the one hand, I teach in a district that is generally
> supportive of professional development. Schools are given discretionary money
> that can be used for teachers to attend workshops and conventions. In addition
> there are district funds available if you can tie the workshop/meeting to
> whatever goals the district has focused on for the year, i.e., technology,
> reading, whatever. In addition to that, the district has established what
> they call "career service grants." Tenured teachers can apply every other year
> for a grant to attend a class or convention in the continential US for up to
> about $1700. This pays for tuition, room and board, transporation and the cost
> of a sub. Now all this didn't develop just by the benevelence of the board of
> ed or central office administration. It took some struggle. Fussing and
> fighting. A strong local of the NEA. And it still does. We constantly have to
> push for more. "They" constantly try to put restrictions on what teachers can
> do and what is considered professional growth. But, it can be done. Best of
> luck.
> -Fred
> Chicago