This isn’t the first time Republicans have affected my life.
The Bush/Republican administration obliterated my business, leaving me jobless and riveted to this uncompensated blog. Don’t get me wrong, I love doing this. This is a continuation of daily show prep I did for my old liberal talk radio show. But now these ideological snakes are messing with my kids.
I can’t help but get emotional thinking about the teachers I met during our parent conferences, who cared and knew everything about my son, and the technics they came up with that improve his performance.
jsonline: (When) Karen Scharrer-Erickson teacher of 43 years entered the room … she burst into tears. "I am totally not ready," Scharrer-Erickson, a literacy coach at the Academy of Accelerated Learning, said this week. "I never thought about retiring until the (Gov.) Scott Walker situation, because this school is so special and I am working with the most incredibly caring teachers I have ever known."
Some school districts are seeing record numbers of senior teachers such as Scharrer-Erickson turn in their retirement paperwork.
In the Mukwonago School District … 40 teachers have submitted their retirement requests … double what Prairie View Elementary School music teacher Jan Rolfe said she has seen in her nearly three decades with the district. She's leaving sooner than she expected … also fears what will happen to the schools in her district when she and the other teachers leave.
Here’s the bottom line for me, as a dad:
"We're the teachers that these parents have been waiting for their kids to have," Rolfe said. "We're the teachers that their brothers and sisters have had. We're the teachers that mentor the newer teachers. And we're all going to be gone."