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Monday, June 7, 2010 - 11:12am

Teachers Told To Sign Memorandum Or Resign

Teachers from four Macon high schools have signed an agreement to improve or face losing their jobs.
The so-called Memorandum of Understanding was handed out to teachers at four high schools that received 24-million dollars in federal stimulus funds. The agreement states teachers will focus on student improvement or be removed.
Tim Callahan with the Professional Association of Georgia Educators says if you want federal money you have to play by the government’s rules, and this includes signing the memorandum.
“The morale is about as low as I have ever seen it in Georgia teaching and it’s because of the dual strain of promote the numbers and move the student achievement numbers, at the same time do more with less.”
Callahan says they’ve seen a spike in teacher retirements. He also worries the several thousand young teachers losing their jobs may never return to the profession.

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