Attention recently unemployed professional people! Please become APS teachers and substitute teachers!
A few days back I mentioned the growing list of firms/organizations laying off workers, such as Advent Solar and Sandia National Labs. Since then, an even faster growing list of news stories have been published about pedophile and suspected pedophile substitute teachers.
There is no joke to make here. If only 1/100th of these accusations are true we still have a very, very disturbing situation on our hands.
APS is also always desperate to find good Math and Science teachers (as is the rest of the country).
Putting these facts together, now would be an EXCELLENT time to revisit alternative licensure for teachers, particularly those looking to teach Math/Science. Things like:
- Numerous notices around town about the exciting world of K-12 teaching.
- Even more mentions about the fact that teacher pay isn’t nearly as bad as it used to be.
- Streamlining “alternative licensure” so that career transition can be faster and easier.
- Setting up some sort of pay assistance for those seeking alternative licenses to help during the financially fallow period between job layoff and first official check as a teacher.
- Using teachers seeking alternative licensure as substitute teachers, after proper training and screening of alternative license applicants.
- Increase pay to substitute teachers and make it a livable wage.
- Working with the teacher’s union and directly with teachers to reduce the exorbitant number of teacher sick days.
Sure, the above plan won’t solve all problems, but at least it IS a plan. Right now, the entire APS substitute teacher process is anything but a process. Awful news stories like those of recent days will further illustrate this fact to the public. Now is the time for rigorous prosecution and new ideas when it comes to substitute teachers and those in APS classrooms in general.
I apologize if there are already plans in place to address getting better, less felonious, substitute teachers. Most APS teachers will tell you that it certainly appears no plan is in place, and that subs are overwhelmingly still the retired folks and 20-something Poly Sci types who are having trouble getting a “real job”, and who knows who else (and I say that as someone with a Poly Sci degree….two of ’em even).
P.S.: I was hoping to make my 400th Burque Babble post a sort of celebration, but instead wrote about pedophile substitute teachers. Sigh. I guess I’ll wait for number 500 for any real festivities.