Spring Break is finally here.. YAY!
I have a pretty lengthy to-do list for this break. Yesterday, I had planned to kick off spring break with some yard work, but all that I managed to get done was to buy a new bird feeder and a new rake.... and veg on the couch with a good book :)
This spring break is one that I've looked forward to for a few weeks because life has been CRAZY!
Back in mid-February, I stepped down as the building rep for our teacher association because I've finally learned to take things off my plate that don't make me happy. I am teaching classes I adore and being the building rep meant meetings that I didn't enjoy.
Little did I know that two weeks later, issues in my state would come to a head and the world as I knew it would be upside down. In two weeks, our legislature has a legal deadline to have a budget in place. If they don't, our public schools have vowed to shut down. This terrifies me because our state legislature has disregarded this April 1st deadline for years with no penalty and this year, the penalty will result in a statewide shutdown of our schools.
To be honest, I don't want to be at our state capital instead of with my students. I don't want to lose valuable instructional time with one month before AP exams. I don't want my students to be on an extended break with little supervision.
But, I also don't want my students to continue to have underfunded classrooms. My students deserve a highly qualified teacher in every classroom. My students deserve to have smaller class sizes so they can form lasting bonds with their teachers. My students deserve to feel safe at school. My students deserve to have textbooks and supplies. My students deserve all of this and so much more.
In the face of this crisis, our teachers have stepped up. Plans are in place to feed over 4000 kids in our district on free & reduced lunches. Plans are in place to find temporary work for our classified (hourly) staff. So many plans are in place that I honestly hope and pray that we don't have to use.
This week, I will try to enjoy my break, to get outside and enjoy the fresh air and let go of the stressors of the past few weeks. But the countdown clock is ticking and that scares the heck out of me.