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Philly Teachers Quit Days Before School Starts

By Stephen Sawchuk — September 04, 2009 1 min read

There are some things that just make you go “huh?”

According to this AP story, a whole bunch of teachers in Philadelphia are quitting or planning not to show up for their first week of school. More than 110 resigned this week; others have put in for long-term sick leave.

District Superintendent Arlene Ackerman is not happy, calling the missing-in-action behavior “very unprofessional.”

Teachers’ union President Jerry Jordan said that it’s not unusual for teachers to choose among different job offers before school begins.

Part of me thinks this must have something to do with Ackerman’s intentions to overhaul hiring and seniority practices in the school district, as colleague Lesli Maxwell reported.

But on the other hand, have you heard of this happening in other fields? I can only imagine my editor’s reaction if I were to tell her I was missing a deadline because I had an interview with some other education pub.

A version of this news article first appeared in the Teacher Beat blog.

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