When the district decided to collapse one second grade class, our principal notified the parents the students would officially begin on Friday. However, she brought them to us on Wednesday. We all underwent an Ethics course during pre-planning that told us not to listen to the grapevine. However, it was the grapevine that notified me that I would be getting 5 new students the next morning. If I hadn't listened to it, I would have had 15 minutes to ready myself for 5 new kids. It wasn't fair to the children, their parents, or their former or new teacher.
I will tell you that I am hearing from teachers that I know from all over the county. They are tired, they are on the brink, they are making mistakes because there is just too much to learn. Families are suffering because teachers don't come home when they are supposed to because they fear for their jobs. Teachers are contemplating suicide because no matter how hard they work, it is never good enough. Good teachers who dare to speak up are the ones being put on growth plans or are being punished. Good teachers know they don't have to be treated like this and they are leaving. Students don't learn in this environment. Students pick up the feelings of the adults and transfer it to each other hence the behavior problems in Duval County.