Sighted sub selected same

Darren’s district had required hiring substitutes from the “laid off teacher list,” even if meant a laid-off third-grade teacher would be assigned to “cover” his math class instead of a retired math teacher. New policy: Go back to the old policy on requesting substitutes.

Today we got the following information from our school secretary:  “As of today HR has removed the restriction of not being able to request and confirm subs of your choice. Hurray!”

Did too many teachers complain? Or did all the laid-off teachers find jobs?

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  1. Dennis Ashendorf (@OrangeMath) says:

    Laid-off teachers receive unemployment (and yes, that’s legitimate!). Working a day here or there, messes with the unemployment system. They basically would work for free. As a result, using laid-off teachers for subs not only doesn’t work, but wrecks havoc.

    If a teacher calls in sick the morning of class, then the first sub (laid-off) is called, then the next (laid-off), then ….. As a result, a sub may not be found for hours. Really! Asking laid-offs to voluntarily remove themselves from calls, then “officially” kills unemployment benefits in general.

    Unintended consequences!

  2. I don’t know if all the laid-off teachers have been hired, but when this same policy was implemented last year, it ended at about the same time.

  3. I have a brilliant solution: Substitutes must be selected from the laid-off pool, provided that they hold certification appropriate to the class that must be covered. This is simple, elegant, and too intelligent for the average bureaucrat.

  4. Most likely the laid-off teachers have been rehired as District’s tend to lay-off way more teachers than actually needed. Further, remember that this isn’t just District policy, rather the District was following state ed code.

    Although, I do agree with the seemingly simple fix suggested by Mr. Moses above.