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Many Fort Worth Teachers Unsure Where They Will Go In August

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FORT WORTH (CBSDFW.COM) – Hundreds of Fort Worth teachers leave their schools this week not knowing when — or if — they’ll return.  Major scheduling changes district wide mean new assignments for the teachers, maybe new teaching roles including being moved to substitute teacher.

“Its really hard,” said one elementary school teacher who did not want to be identified for fear it would affect her reassignment.  “Its my second time in two years being reassigned.  I don’t know where I’m going next year and I have a car full of stuff.”

“They have jobs at Fort Worth ISD,” said Stephen Pool at the United Educators Association,which represents Fort Worth teachers. “And that’s our biggest job is to reassure them.  We just don’t know where they’re going to park their car next year.”

The school district standardized all the school schedules, adding and removing classes for efficiency. That means 215 teachers will be at new schools, maybe even performing new jobs. The teachers association has been swamped with calls from teachers worried about where — or if they’ll teach next year.

“You know teachers form an emotional bond to the school that they’ve been in,” Pool said. “Some of them have been there quite a long time. And so its tough to hear they’re no longer going to be at their home school.”

“We’ve said all along we are not laying off teachers,” said Fort Worth ISD spokesman Clint Bond. “They will be reassigned.”

But the district expects, in the face of dramatic change, there will be some people who’d rather resign or take early retirement rather the reassignment.

“As they just now concluded the school year and they start on their summer, they sit back and they reassess their life situation and decide if I want to stay here, I want to go somewhere else, I want to retire completely,” Bond said.

In short, there is little teachers like this can do about it except: “Pray,” the elementary school teacher said. “You go home. You move on. And they’ll let me know when they find something.”

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