Recently my boss cleverly maneuvered the teaching staff into a public meeting in which they all affirmed that “jobs are the priority.” This was apparently in response to private emails to him in which teachers secure in their positions recommended cutting others in order to preserve their positions, access to materials, etc. He knew that they would never be so bold as to voice those opinions publically and so asked for a meeting in which they had to ‘put up or shut up’ as they say. Nicely done!
You have to wonder about teachers who feel that new books, old buildings, and yellow buses are more important than other teachers. I am sure these people would have also been asking for a large pay raise because ‘there are less teachers now.” Ah…the games people play.
Still, the boss got us to support his position and therefore, to implicitly support whatever he has to do to meet the budget shortfall. These plans are, as yet, unannounced. We live in interesting times.