It’s no secret that this is one of the happiest times of my life.  Unfortunately, it’s also one of the saddest.  Today, while I am stuck at home, amazing teachers all over my district are losing their jobs.  Many of them are being pink-slipped, and many others are being displaced and will have to take a new position.  People that are amazing teachers and dear friends of mine no longer have jobs.

The early childhood program I work in is being slashed to pieces.  If our grant comes through this summer, we may be able to pull ourselves back together, but that’s a big if.

As of right now, I will not be teaching my kids next year.  As of right now, I will not be part of the early childhood program that I’ve been working in for more than 5 years.  Someone with more seniority than me will get to take my class.  Someone who likely hates special education.  Meanwhile, someone else has gotten pink-slipped, and I will have to take their job.  Yes, I am grateful to have a job, but it makes me heartsick to think about someone else teaching my kids.  It makes me feel horrible to know that someone else had to lose their job so I can keep mine.  Seriously, I feel like an ass.

It’s just so awful being stuck at home today.  I really want to be with my friends right now.  I want to be a support to them.  I want to be supported too.  Even though I still have A job, I’ve lost MY job.

If you live in the State of Illinois, I really want to encourage you to contact your state representatives and Governor Quinn.  Encourage them to fund programs for young children.  Encourage Governor Quinn to repeal his proposed 17% cut to education funding.  The cuts that my district and others have had to make are unbelievable.  If we lost more funding, there will be very little left for the children of Illinois.  Please consider sending an e-mail or making a phone call.


  1. That’s so terrible. I’m so sorry, Erin. My mom is a teacher, so I completely understand the frustration and the sadness that comes with program cuts. I’ll be thinking of you and all of your teacher friends today.
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  2. I hear you! We are bound to be in the same position yet AGAIN come May. It’s hard to believe that something as important as education is so under funded and under appreciated. Thinking of you and sending all of my empathy!
    .-= Lindz´s last blog ..Happy Hump Day – Doggy Style =-.

  3. I’m so sorry! This has to be really painful – You put so much into your work. I hope the grants come through.
    .-= Allie´s last blog ..I totally want to produce a 10 Minute Booty Blast-Off Cardio Atomic Kickboxing Yoga-lates video =-.

  4. Oh, this sucks. I’m so sorry. What a terrible thing for everyone affected (which is really pretty much everyone in the state).
    .-= Jess´s last blog ..American Idol has left me speechless… =-.

  5. Yup. My sister is a at-risk pre-K teacher. The administrators in her school district recommended that she be awarded tenure status at the end of this school year. However, the school district is unable to extend this to her because due to lack of funding they now will have no position for her for the next school year. She is, obviously, beside herself right now.
    .-= Matt Stratton´s last blog ..Two months old =-.

  6. Oh that totally sucks. Layoffs are awful for everyone, including those who get to keep their jobs – it’s horrible seeing your friends and colleagues in that situation.
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  7. Fidgeting Gidget says:

    It’s happening in Indiana and Michigan, too. One of my best friends luckily just got to keep her job, but there were 152 teachers axed from her district. They are cutting almost all media specialists, cutting back on early childhood and adult ed, and also cutting back on art, music, and PE and having the teachers “supplement.”

    In Michigan, they’re doing that too, and they’re also talking about cutting out middle school and freshman sports! Times are tough and I hate how many people are affected.

    Ultimately, the students are the ones that lose out the most because wonderful teachers are being pink slipped just because of when they entered the field. UNFAIR. EPIC FAIL.

  8. I am so sorry for you and all of your co-workers! What a horrible thing to have to deal with. My employer will likely be doing the same come the end of the fiscal year and I am not at all looking forward to it. Good luck and I hope your “new” job won’t be too disappointing.

  9. This is so totally horrible :-(. I am glad to hear you’ll still have a job next year, but I can only imagine how hard it will be to leave YOUR job and your kids and your classroom. I’m so sorry you and your coworkers have to go through this.
    .-= Al´s last blog ..IUI #2 = FAIL Randomness =-.

  10. I’m really sorry you’re having to deal with this. You seem to be so good at the job you have now and care so much about it that it’s an utter travesty for you to have to teach in a new position. Sometimes, I feel that way towards the kids who leave my class to go to the 3-year-old room (we have an awful 3-year-old teacher), especially those students who struggle a lot developmentally and have made great strides in our room. I care about those kids and the other teacher is just there for a paycheck, which sucks.

    It’s such an awful feeling to go through this, and seeing so many friends losing their jobs. It cannot be easy at all.

  11. Okay so I made the facebook group as a joke to make you and Steph smile, but now I’m glad it’s out there. I encourage your readers to join it now and learn what is happening in IL.!/group.php?gid=394101426074&ref=mf

  12. Thank you for sharing all of this. I posted the article to my FB page because most of my friends on Twitter also read your blog. 🙂
    It is really a sad day. Sigh.

  13. Ugh, that really stinks. The budget cuts are so depressing, especially when it affects the organizations like schools that need funds the most. Usually I am very thankful to live in Illinois b/c of our awesome fertility coverage, but I totally agree with you, a 17% cut is just awful. Fingers crossed for the grant $$!
    .-= APlusB´s last blog ..Things that make me happy =-.

  14. Oh Erin, I’m so so sorry. This sucks so incredibly bad, I can’t even imagine how you must be feeling. From the posts you’ve written about your job, I can literally feel how much you love it, and your kids, so it seems so unfair your class is getting taken from you. I’m sorry you have to go through this, hang in there! =(
    .-= Andrea´s last blog ..When Fiction Becomes Reality =-.

  15. Ugh. I can’t even imagine. In Ohio we plan on tieing teacher salary and job security to the test scores. Awesome.
    .-= Kari´s last blog ..shiny! new! =-.

  16. That must be an awful feeling. My parents both started out in education (way back when) so I’m always in support of school funding and better education for the students, more money for the teachers. If I lived in IL you could count on me making a phone call.
    .-= nora´s last blog ..House Party, Number Munchers & My Inner Hippie =-.

  17. Schools are closing in Michigan, too. I wonder if there is really anything we CAN do, depressingly. 🙁 It’s so sad. 🙁
    .-= Mel´s last blog ..Losing touch… =-.

  18. That is horrible. I have been hearing it all over the Internet today and also from my own friends here in CA! It just makes NO sense!
    .-= Alyssa´s last blog ..Phone Wars =-.

  19. The things happening in our schools and to our teachers right now are horrible – it just shouldn’t be like that at all. I am so sorry!
    .-= S.I.F.´s last blog ..Ask and Ye Shall Receive =-.

  20. Awful. I write the PTA prez’s speeches and messages, and I often think of what you say when I write. It sucks (um, understatement), but thanks for keeping us connected…
    .-= elle michelle´s last blog ..The time I set myself on fire. For serious. =-.

  21. I am sorry to hear about this! But I think it is good that you are talking about it and challenging it. Good for you.


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  22. This post breaks my heart for you, your fellow teachers and all the students who will be affected by all these changes in your district. As someone who has MANY teachers in her life, I know how something like this makes a huge impact on so many, and I hope the governor rethinks all the cuts because, really, what y’all do is one of the most important things in society. You’re shaping the next generation of leaders.
    .-= E.P.´s last blog ..That ticking sound =-.

  23. So sorry your having to go through this. That sounds dumb that if you are keeping your job that you should be able to keep your students. They shouldn’t rearrange the people that are keeping their jobs so drastically.
    .-= LowFatLady´s last blog ..Hiding once again =-.

  24. Education always gets the shaft, and it sucks. I’m sorry your district is going through all of this.
    .-= Her´s last blog ..More miscarriage waiting =-.

  25. i heard the US program about declining portion of school aid, and i know this is sux for both teachers and students… it’s awful. but i do hope this goin better, soon! anyhoo, is there any way to let them (the student) study?

  26. It is so nice that you are so concerned about those of us cut. But you having to go teach in an elementary school somewhere and feel like a first year teacher again is so sucky.
    .-= Stephanie´s last blog ..I won! =-.

  27. Oh honey, that is awful! We are experiencing the same thing down here in Florida and it sucks. I wonder every single day if I will have a job next year. I cannot imagine what you must be feeling to know you have to leave your kiddos. It’s heartwrenching! Praying for you, me, and all the teachers out there especially your friends!
    .-= Camile´s last blog ..Truth in Blogging =-.

  28. I’m so sorry!! The same thing is happening in Florida and it’s horrible. I hope you get the funds that your school needs in the summer =)
    .-= zully´s last blog ..A little bit about my amazing life =) =-.

  29. So sorry, Erin! Many of the school districts here are having to pay back $6+ million dollars to the government and lots of jobs are being cut/reshuffled. Right now Tim’s job is safe, but he just barely made the cut. I really hope your grant comes through this summer!
    .-= Audrey´s last blog ..You Know It’s a Good Wedding When… =-.

  30. Holy crap, a 17% cut!? I primarily fill the roles of “schools reporter” for the newspaper I work at, and I just wrote about the budget woes they’re facing not only here in Mooresville, but across North Carolina. And as a smaller district that already pink-slipped 43 people last year, they’re looking at having to do so again this year.

    I can’t help but wonder if these governors, state officials, etc. are taking into consideration the dramatic effect that these cuts could seriously have on education across the board. Sure, you’re saving money now by funding less to schools, but what kind of long-term damage are you causing for these children who will see higher pupil-teacher ratios, receive less one-on-one assistance and maybe even lose their motivation to learn entirely when a beloved instructor departs. Not only that, but early childhood education creates a strong foundation for K+ schooling. Yet, like your program, these are some of the first places to lose monies simply because that education “isn’t as necessary” as K-12. Ugh. I could keep typing, but I’m here hoping for the best in this state and across the country. I may only report on the issues, not dealing with how it could affect myself and my peers, but I worry about the kids above all else who won’t get the education they rightfully deserve as a result.
    .-= MinD´s last blog ..I call bullshit. =-.

  31. (Wow, that was long. Sorry!)
    .-= MinD´s last blog ..I call bullshit. =-.

  32. This sucks so much. I know first hand how awful it is; right now I’m not the only one being held “in limbo” about whether or not I will have a job as of April 1, and seeing my job passed on to people who have less experience and less interest in it than me is really hard to choke down. I’ll be praying for everyone who’s in the job loss frenzy right now <3
    .-= Emily Jane´s last blog ..Vibrating gadgets, pronged gloves and egg on my face – who said wedding planning was no fun? =-.

  33. It seems like budgets are being cut in a lot of school systems–the one place they shouldn’t be cut! Not only are the teachers taking a hit, but it’s unfair to the students as well. I hope things work out!
    .-= Megan´s last blog ..The Plan =-.

  34. this happened to J when we moved to arizona. he found out not a week after we moved so he could work on site that someone else had been hired for about a month before he was let go so J could have his job. J felt awful, even though he had no part to play in it, other than taking a job he thought was open. adulthood sucks sometimes.
    .-= Lys´s last blog ..little things =-.

  35. My mom is a librarian at public school in Michigan, and I’ve seen her district go through the same thing. Librarians are pretty much done for, so she’s shifting to a new position, and others are shifting etc. etc. etc. It’s a mess. Unbelievable.
    .-= Allie´s last blog ..Macro =-.

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