Many first-year teachers get laid off at the end of the school year due to budget reductions. How prepared are you for this curve in your teaching career path?

The Questions

1. When you get the letter telling you that you will be laid off, what do you do?
A. Consult with my union/association representative to determine my rights under the negotiated contract.
B. Consult with my principal to find out what the district process looks like and what chance I might have to be rehired.
C. Research the district’s website and its human resources section to read exactly what steps I should follow.
D. All of the above

2. Once I know how the RIF (reduction in force) process works, I need to decide if I:
A. Will be hopeful and believe that I may be quickly rehired by the district.
B. Should start looking for another job.
C. Should research my legal options regarding my contractual rights after this school year.
D. A and B

3. If I decide to start looking for a job, what resource can be most helpful?
A. The career center at the college/university where I graduated
B. Other teachers
C. Internet job search sites
D. None of the above

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