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vent to talk to my mom nearly every day on the phone. Some Most days I have happy stories to share. Today was not one of those days. My students were obnoxious less than cooperative. I am buried in grading woefully behind in my paperwork. And tonight was the board meeting to vote on a Reduction in Force (RIF) of nearly 600 certified and non-certified dedicated staff members who have been working in pouring their hearts and souls into the district for 1 to 5 years. The information report also included proposed purchase of a web-based intervention program for middle schools that would mean mind-numbing computer based punishment for kids drastic changes in access to arts curricula.
So, my mom was digging for a positive story tonight. She begged me for what she calls a “the plane landed safely” story. She claims these are the stories we never see on the news. I think she is right. But tonight, I didn’t have one.
Until now. You see, the night isn’t over. Even though I might have missed my slicing deadline, and broken my perfect record, I am not feeling badly. I have a “the plane landed safely story” to share.
The board meeting was packed with over 200 people—so many we couldn’t even all fit into the room! The crowd included teachers, parents, and community members. When the meeting was opened to public response, the people spoke!
Of course, my favorite was the teacher who stood up and said, “I don’t have a question, I just want to share my story…” Her story. Her story moved people. I watched the waxen faces of the school board members begin to soften. I saw heads nod.
When it came time to vote on the RIF, a board member inquired about tabling the motion. She moved to table the motion. Another board member seconded her motion. They voted. The result was…NO, they refused to table the issue.
So, they had to go ahead with the vote. And the board members, with softened faces, voted AGAINST the RIF!
Of course, I am not sure what this means for our district, but for now, all passengers are safely on the ground. The plane landed safely.