Dozens Of Shelby County Teachers Fired

Dozens Of Shelby County Teachers Fired

No pay raises, false hope, and unemployed. 30 mainline teachers were fired Friday from the Shelby County School District. That number is much higher for part timers and substitute teachers.
MEMPHIS, TN--No pay raises, false hope, and unemployed. 30 mainline teachers were fired today from Shelby County School district. That number is much higher for part timers and substitute teachers. Laid off teachers want to know where did their jobs go. If there are still about the same amount of kids just under a new unified name, why are so many people getting fired? Many experienced teachers losing their jobs.

"I don't know what's going to happen to my own kids, much less the kids i teach. it's just a mess," said a Riverdale Elementary School special education teacher Stephanie Gilmer.

Gilmer held on waited the last day. She held on to hope to be able to teach again.

"In May, I was told they were not allowed to keep 6 teachers so I had to reapply through Teach Memphis," she stated.
    
Even her new boss, interim superintendent Dorsey Hopson said experienced teachers did not have to worry.

"We have worked very, very hard to make sure, and we said all along high performing teachers would have a position and they're still vacancies so we're still working through some of the teachers," said Hopson during a Friday afternoon press conference.

In June Gilmer received a letter from the Memphis City School District. It states, "unfortunately because of the extremely competitive nature of our application process, we are unable to move you forward in the process at this time."

"You keep your mouth shut because you don't want to rock the boat because I was trying to get a job," said Gilmer. Until she couldn't keep quiet anymore. "I wrote them back and asked them and said does this mean I am not eligible to teach? and they emailed me and said you cannot teach this year."

Hopson doesn't want teachers to give up the fight.

"There are constantly openings coming up. We got 3 or 4 resignations today or retirements today," said the superintendent.
  
But Gilmer feels she already lost.

"I feel defeated and heart broken. I'm 43 years old and I worked so hard for this and my heart is with those kids and now I'm going to have to start over."

There are also about 100 excessed teachers who have been "temporarily" placed. In other words, they still have their jobs but they will go through more interviews these next few weeks and until the district finds out if they are really needed.
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