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"Welcome to the Gulag"

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Former Employee - Teacher in Seattle, WA
Former Employee - Teacher in Seattle, WA
Doesn't Recommend
Negative Outlook

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.

Advice to Management

Quit

Other Employee Reviews for Seattle Public Schools

  1. "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
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Seattle Public Schools full-time (More than a 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.

    Advice to Management

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


  2. "Great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Special Education Assistant in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Special Education Assistant in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Seattle Public Schools part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great benefits, diverSe community and culture

    Cons

    Depends on which school you get into, very burocratic

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