You’re An Educator In Need Of A Job? Savannah Just Created A Lot Of Openings

The Savannah-Chatham School District has informed the entire staff of Beach High School that they will not be returning to the failing school next year. From the AP via the AJC:

A failing Savannah high school is firing its entire staff in an effort to avoid further sanctions from the state and to make the school eligible for up to $6 million in federal money, officials said Thursday.

The 200 employees at Beach High School — including the principal — will work there through the end of the year but will not be rehired for that school, said Karla Redditte, spokeswoman for the Savannah-Chatham County school district.

The teachers can reapply for their jobs but only half can be rehired under federal education law, she said. Staff can also apply for other jobs in the school district.

While many Republicans (and Democrats) look at No Child Left Behind as a total anathema, I can’t say I remember ever seeing anything like this prior to it.

But, for the record, I still believe schools are best served under local control, with a majority of local funding. Yet I still can’t help but wonder if the locals would care how long the school failed with the existing staff if it weren’t for the lure of $6 Million in additional funds.


  1. fishtail says:

    I live in this area and this is HUGE NEWS here. Gutsy move or a scam to get Federal $$$. Time will tell.

    • Joshua Morris says:

      While I agree with the spirit of the action, the federal money is the impetus. Dollars talk, and the Feds are in control, because they print them (legally).

  2. ByteMe says:

    Sometimes a carrot works best. $6 million is a lot of carrots, but maybe that’s what’s needed to hire the school some great teachers.

    And, yes, as I’ve written before, I have no idea why the state tells the school districts how much to pay teachers and when to furlough them.

  3. seenbetrdayz says:

    I wonder how letting your teaching staff know they’ll be fired halfway through the school year affects performance.

  4. DAMY46 says:

    The problem is not the teachers and the staff..It is the thugs, pimps, drug dealers ect. ect.

    • ByteMe says:

      Tell that to the kids in Harlem (NYC) who are scoring 100% proficiency on the state math tests now compared to just 3 years ago when they were averaging about 3-4 years behind grade level.

      Quit blaming the victims.

      • aquaman says:

        Not everyone is a victim as you are well aware. The local school district needs a school swat team to keep order.

        • Tinkerhell says:

          You don’t need a swat team you need teachers & principals that don’t have their hands tied in regard to getting the problem cases out of the schools & into special instructional facilities &/or YDC/jail where they belong.

          When the teachers are afraid of their students it’s a problem.

          It’d help if the teachers weren’t having to fill out more paperwork than a tax accountant on 4/16 on each kid.

          The problems started when we stopped corporal punishment and stopped letting teachers “just teach”. NCLB certainly didn’t help anything either.

          This won’t be the last school we see doing this. They just announced ahead of many. Bibb county has been looking at the various options to qualify for the grant money as well. I hope they just go to charter schools around here. The requirements under the AYP are ridiculous (just like NCLB itself).

          • I’ll disagree on the corporal punishment aspect, but you hit the nail on the head with all the others.

            There aren’t that many students who are pitching rocks, jumping through windows, throwing dozens of textbooks outside into the rain, throwing chairs, kicking doors, attacking each other, whipping each other with their belts, walking in and out of class on their own schedule, fighting teachers and bringing weapons to school.

            But unless we can remove the ones who ARE doing those things from the classroom full of students who actually want to learn, we will never have progress.

        • ByteMe says:

          Uhhhh… sure. Hyperbole doesn’t make your point.

          And blaming the students as being “thugs, pimps, drug dealers” is mentally lazy.

          • Joshua Morris says:

            You’re right. The root of the problem is the parents that don’t administer discipline in the kids’ lives. What do we do about that?

            • ByteMe says:

              Look at what they did to turn around Harlem and follow the pattern. It wasn’t rocket science and there are plenty of articles and interviews about it.

          • Provocateur says:

            Besides, the “thugs, pimps, drug dealers” are certainly not going to be appearing in class as a “student.” They’re too busy building their empires.

  5. DAMY46 says:

    Fire all of the teachers and staff? Some of you folks need to visit some of these schools…You will get mugged just walking down a hallway.

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