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Guest Column: ‘The 12 Days of Shame’ in Rockford Public Schools

December 23, 2013

By Jane Hayes

On the first day of Christmas, the principal gave to me

A pink slip for all the world to see.

On the second day of Christmas, the principal gave to me

Fear and harassment and a pink slip for all the world to see.

On the third day of Christmas, the principal gave to me

Three poor evaluations, fear and harassment, and a pink slip for all the world to see.

On the fourth day of Christmas, the REA (Rockford Education Association) gave to me

Messages unanswered, three poor evaluations, fear and harassment, and a pink slip for all the world to see.

On the fifth day of Christmas, the REA gave to me … no legal help

Messages unanswered, three poor evaluations, fear and harassment, and a pink slip for all the world to see.

On the sixth day of Christmas the district gave to me, six extra students, no legal help, messages unanswered, poor evaluations, fear and harassment, and a pink slip for all the world to see.

On the seventh day of Christmas the district gave to me, seven payroll problems, six extra students, and no legal help

Messages unanswered, poor evaluations, fear and harassment, and a pink slip for all the world to see.

On the eighth day of Christmas the district gave to me, eight referrals missing, seven payroll problems, six extra students, and no legal help.

Messages unanswered, poor evaluations, fear and harassment, and a pink slip for all the world to see.

On the ninth day of Christmas, the district gave to me, nine nasty rumors, eight missing referrals, seven payroll problems, six extra students and no legal help.

Messages unanswered, poor evaluations, fear and harassment, and a pink slip for all the world to see.

On the 10th day of Christmas the district gave to me, 10 missing textbooks, nine nasty rumors, eight missing referrals, seven payroll problems, six extra students, and no legal help. Messages unanswered, poor evaluations, fear and harassment and a pink slip for all the world to see.

On the 11th day of Christmas, the students gave to me, 11 vulgar words, 10 missing textbooks, nine nasty rumors, eight missing referrals, seven payroll problems, six extra students, and no legal help.

Messages unanswered, poor evaluations, fear and harassment, and a pink slip for all the world to see.

On the 12th day of Christmas the students gave to me, cell phones in the background, 11 vulgar words, 10 missing textbooks, nine nasty rumors, eight missing referrals, seven payroll problems, six extra students and no legal help.

Messages unanswered, poor evaluations, fear and harassment, and a pink slip for all the world to see.

Oops, how could I forget? Teachers should avoid the word “Christmas” or any Christmas music or decorations throughout Rockford School District 205!

So, to be politically correct, just change the word “Christmas” to winter or holiday!

And a merry winter holiday to us all.

I hope you will survive the shame of 205!

Jane Hayes is a member of Watchdogs for Ethics in Education and Rockford Educators Advocating Civil Treatment.

From the Dec. 25-31, 2013, issue

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