« Questioning the Logic of Rhee's Resignation | Main | New Directions in Teaching: 'Blending' »

Obama's Teacher Poster-Child Laid Off—Twice

Even a photo op with the president couldn't save one Ohio kindergarten teacher's job.

Amanda VanNess, a 25-year-old teacher in the Toledo Public Schools, initially lost her job in July as her district was facing budget cuts, according to the Wall Street Journal.

A month later, she received an invitation from the White House to stand behind President Obama in the Oval Office as he signed a bill that put $26 billion toward saving teachers' jobs.

"The idea was, with this bill passing, it was going to give teachers a better chance of being called back," VanNess told the Journal.

Toledo Public Schools received $7.6 million of the federal funds. Just before school started, the district offered VanNess a job teaching 2nd grade.

But with student enrollment down 5.4% from last fall, the school district recently gave out another round of pink slips—and VanNess was not spared.

The Toledo Blade reported that VanNess' district "hasn't spent a dollar of the $7.6 million in teacher rehire money it received from the Aug. 10 bill, opting instead to save it for next school year to rehire or retain a myriad [of] school employees—probably not teachers."

VanNess told the Journal she's hoping to "wait this out" and "get back into the classroom."

You must be logged in to leave a comment. Login | Register
Ground Rules for Posting
We encourage lively debate, but please be respectful of others. Profanity and personal attacks are prohibited. By commenting, you are agreeing to abide by our user agreement.
All comments are public.

Follow This Blog

Advertisement

Most Viewed On Teacher

Categories

Archives

Recent Comments