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EduMaine is a blog by Nancy Hudak, a former teacher, lawyer and union representative from Maine now semi-retired and blogging about education in Maine (and elsewhere).

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2 responses to “About

  1. Industrial Arts teacher

    Hello Nancy,

    I have read your blog about RIF procedures “Teacher RIF, not firing” and I have found myself in this position this summer. The fact that the school board decided to cut my position the end of July is frustrating enough, but now the superintendent has let me know that I have to work until the last day of the 90 days notice(until the end of October). Although my program has been cut entirely, she wants me to do different things with our special needs students. I was hired as an Industrial arts teacher and has taught this subject successfully for the last 5 years. She also told me that whenever the principal needed me for subbing or manning the library, I have to do that too. My question is: am I officially employed until the 90 days notice is over? Or does my employment end August, 31? Do I have to work for this school district for the first two months of the school year as a teacher’s aid? What if I find a new employer for the next school year? Does the district still have to pay the 90 days notice salary?

    Sincerely,

    Nienke

  2. Also posted at the “Teacher RIF, not Firing” piece:

    Nienke –

    This is a completely unofficial response since I not longer do this work; I would suggest you contact your local MEA office, or their General Counsel in Augusta, for a more formal answer.

    That caveat being made, please remember that slavery was outlawed a very long time ago. No one can legally force you to work for them.

    In this situation, since the district had to provide you with 90 days notice of a RIF, they must also provide you with the work that would have been available within that 90-day period at the appropriate salary. You, on the other hand, are not required to stick around if you find something else.

    There may, of course, be consequences to leaving early. The biggest problem tends to be not being able to sign a new contract in a new school system because you are technically still employed in the first. In that case, talk to the current superintendent; s/he may be more than happy to have you leave and save a few days’ salary.

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