Seattle Public Schools

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a place of much potential for helping mold our future citizens

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Former Employee - School Nurse in Seattle, WA
Former Employee - School Nurse in Seattle, WA

I worked at Seattle Public Schools part-time (more than 8 years)

Pros

large, culturally diverse school district, staff/people who care about students and work hard for them. a district nurses association for continuing education and morale support

Cons

highly political, an unsupportive supervisor, lack of resources in our dept, individual schools expected same level of output on decreasing time paid for me in building

Advice to ManagementAdvice

need to understand how public health affects a student's ability to learn. be more supportive of school nurses in resources, funding and hours.(IE a pay scale tied to medical experience not educational experience) understand and acknowledge differences in medical legal contraints on practitioners in a school district vs a hospital setting. value our judgement not our tasks

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    Under-resourced to the extreme, but no one will admit it.

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    Former Employee - Senior Assistant General Counsel in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Senior Assistant General Counsel in Seattle, WA

    I worked at Seattle Public Schools full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Great cause, interesting issues, good people.

    Cons

    Under-resourced. Too much work and not enough time or resources to do it. Intense, and often ridiculous and obnoxious scrutiny that affects the culture of the day-to-day environment.

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    Stand up to community demands more often (when they are unreasonable) and provide educational leadership, not just responsiveness.

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    Welcome to the Gulag

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    Former Employee - Teacher in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Teacher in Seattle, WA

    I worked at Seattle Public Schools full-time

    Pros

    If you have a liberal arts degree, this is probably the highest paying job you'll ever have. After working 55 hours a week for 36 weeks, you'll get that overtime back in two months of summer "vacation," assuming you don't have to take classes--at your own expense--to maintain your teaching license.

    Cons

    Bureaucracy. Bureaucracy. Bureaucracy. HR has auto respond emails for two months stating they are too busy to respond via email or by phone. Teacher evaluation system, which uses SMART goals, is deeply flawed and encourages cheating.

    Angry/burned out coworkers yell at and berate students and coworkers. Terrible physical environment to work in, with deteriorating and hazardous infrastructure.

    Overloaded classes. Inadequate curriculum and tools. Impossible work load. There aren't enough hours in the week to do this job right or to meet management's demands.

    Deadbeat union collects dues but does little to improve working environment. Union doesn't respond to requests for assistance.

    Teachers' every move is micromanaged. Teachers are treated like students, not professionals. Admin acts like teachers are there for admin rather than supporting teachers.

    Overall atmosphere is politically charged, with blatant political bias in teachers' instruction. Anyone not toeing the Democratic line is ostracized, ideological diversity is discouraged, and groupthink is rampant. Administration squashes anyone who questions. It's "sit down and shut up" management at its finest.

    Meetings and "professional development" are soul sucking. Administrators and trainers lecture teachers during meetings rather than using educational best practices to intellectually engage teachers.

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    Quit

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