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Old 06-07-2014, 04:14 PM
 
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Has anyone ever been hired by a school district in the Spring, but gets a job at a better school district over the summer and teaches at the better school district instead?

Would there be repercussions with the first school district if I turn down their teaching position before the school year begins?

Thanks.
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Old 06-07-2014, 04:55 PM
 
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1. Did you sign a contract with district #1? If so, read it to find the answer. Did you teach there last spring or get hired in the spring to start in August?

2. If you're free and clear from any contractual obligations, the only negative of resigning (before you start) and going to the other district is burning bridges. I don't know how often principals or administrators move from district to district, but in my industry it happens a lot. We hired someone once who showed up for two days, then resigned because a competitor offered him a vp job. That was almost 7 years ago and I STILL remember his full name and the company he joined. Yes, it was just really bad timing that his interview process for both companies made him end up in that position, but it was also just really unprofessional of him the way the situation was handled. Point being, you'll have to judge yourself (or lean on other teaching professionals) to decide how risky burning bridges is for you.
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Old 06-07-2014, 06:59 PM
 
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I will warn you that the memories of ISDs in TX are long indeed. As the PP mentioned, burn those bridges with extreme caution.
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Old 06-15-2014, 04:41 AM
 
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1. Did you sign a contract with district #1? If so, read it to find the answer. Did you teach there last spring or get hired in the spring to start in August?

2. If you're free and clear from any contractual obligations, the only negative of resigning (before you start) and going to the other district is burning bridges. I don't know how often principals or administrators move from district to district, but in my industry it happens a lot. We hired someone once who showed up for two days, then resigned because a competitor offered him a vp job. That was almost 7 years ago and I STILL remember his full name and the company he joined. Yes, it was just really bad timing that his interview process for both companies made him end up in that position, but it was also just really unprofessional of him the way the situation was handled. Point being, you'll have to judge yourself (or lean on other teaching professionals) to decide how risky burning bridges is for you.
Teachers can back out of contracts 45 days before the start of fall classes. This years cut off date is July 11. After that the only way to back out of a contract without taking a hit to teaching career is if the school district agrees to let you out(this is how midyear district/school changes happen). Backing out of a contract outside of the cutoff window without good cause(and the school district won't voluntarily allow you to back out) is grounds for suspension of certification.

If you jump ship now, don't even plan on going back to the school district that originally offered you the job.

Also, if you are doing Alt Cert and an internship, or you are on probationary certification, I would NOT back out of the first job offer.

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Old 06-15-2014, 09:33 AM
 
Location: Orange County, CA
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Teachers can back out of contracts 45 days before the start of fall classes. This years cut off date is July 11. After that the only way to back out of a contract without taking a hit to teaching career is if the school district agrees to let you out(this is how midyear district/school changes happen). Backing out of a contract outside of the cutoff window without good cause(and the school district won't voluntarily allow you to back out) is grounds for suspension of certification.

If you jump ship now, don't even plan on going back to the school district that originally offered you the job.

Also, if you are doing Alt Cert and an internship, or you are on probationary certification, I would NOT back out of the first job offer.
This is EXACTLY correct! I taught in several districts in Austin and Houston and this is standard across the state. And yeah you really won't be welcome back at that district if you apply again. I turned down an offer from the Los Angeles school district back in 04 and when I got hired out here in 2012 and went in for my contract signing, they had a note in my file from way back when. I had a REALLY cool HR counselor and she shared that with me, but luckily I have hard to find certifications in Autism and am bilingual (Spanish) so they hired me anyways.

And that district you have a contract with can hold your certification (in Texas) for the length of the contract (new hires are one year).

Side note: We had a district level supervisor when I worked in Houston who was simultaneously supervising for a neighboring school district and collecting two large salaries. She was shuttling back and forth all day and hiding where she was at. That lasted 6 months before she got caught and now she is pretty much out of a career. They went after her certificate for it. I'm not sure how TEA didn't catch it in the first place or TRS when two district would have had claims on her. She was actually darn good at her job too! It was a shame to see her go!
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