When I talk with educators they are routinely surprised by how limited their free speech rights are (for previous coverage of First Amendment issues, click here). The courts have repeatedly narrowed the broad protection provided by the First Amendment so that now public employee speech must pass a number of tests before determining whether it is protected. However, a recent decision out of the federal 9th Circuit Court of Appeals may be changing that trend. See Demers v. Austin, 729 F.3d 1011 (9th Cir. 2013). Hit the jump for a discussion of the first few glimmers of change, along with a heavy helping of cautions… Continue reading
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Marketplace ran an interesting piece on one of the lesser-known sacrifices that many teachers make: scheduling their pregnancies around the school year – http://www.marketplace.org/topics/life/many-teachers-schedule-summer-babies. Listen to the full story to hear the passionate teachers willing to rearrange their personal lives to fit their profession. While this sacrifice is noble, teachers should keep in mind that child birth and newborn-bonding time are covered by the Family Medical Leave Act. For more information check out my video on FMLA leave or some of my varied posts on FMLA leave.
Combining aspects of Match.com and Monster.com, a KC company has created a website that aims at matching teachers with their ideal teaching environment. myEDmatch is aimed at compiling a list of job opportunities and interested teachers from across the nation, with the aim of placing individuals in jobs that they will stay in for the long term. Interestingly, Missouri already has a system designed to match teachers with jobs within the state, MoREAP, but myEDmatch will allow teachers to widen their gaze and find opportunities in other states.
As someone who has worked with a lot of teachers in a lot of different environments, I can attest to how important it is to find a work environment that complements the teacher’s skills and interests. Unlike many jobs, teachers interact constantly interact with the community they live in which can create not only unique challenges in the classroom but also varying expectations on the teachers out-of-class life. I have seen many people coming out of college in Kansas City or St. Louis and having a very hard time to the pace and lifestyle in rural Missouri. Similarly, I have seen teachers used to the close-knit ties of a small community struggle with the less personal feel of large school districts. I cannot stress how important it is to find a job that fits you both personally and professionally and myEDmatch may be a useful resource.
Hat tip to Dowser for pointing this service out.