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Monday, September 07, 2015

When It Rains, It Pours...

While we Californians wait for the real stuff, (we're still collecting shower water in buckets to flush the toilets and water the plants). Subbing jobs, on the other hand, are coming in like rain barrels of assignments.

The year I decided I wanted to cut back to only 2-3 days a week, the district raised our daily per diem by $15 to $135/day.  

Assignment requests started BEFORE the first day of school and I'm still getting requests for assignments out into the first three months of 2016.

Last week, we were out for the evening and returned home to find ten missed calls from the automated sub system.

I was talking to one of the teachers this last week to discover what's going on. She told me that new (Common Core?) training that entire grade levels are required to take this year are happening during class time.

The school administration essentially told the teachers that they are experiencing a shortage of returning subs this year and that they (the teachers) would be responsible to arrange for their own substitute during these training periods, as the district will be too busy to handle the load.

Makes me wonder how far doubling the substitute teacher per diem might go into solving the backlog of assignments. I might even consider going in 3-4 days a week.

1 comment:

Unknown said...

That's terrible to make teachers arrange their own subs! How would they know?

Also, maybe they should pay subs more in your state. I'm subbing in WA for much more an hour, but of course, even if I sub every single day, I don't get any benefits. Which I really don't understand at all.

Maybe if they gave SUBS who worked EVERY DAY (even if in DIFFERENT locations) BENEFITS then more people would actually do the job and there wouldn't be a shortage.

It's not rocket science, but maybe that's just me. . .

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