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Patricia Baser

fiddlin' while Rome burns...

July 24, 2009 at 1:02 AM

 July 30-31 & Oct. 9.  Those are my furlough days.  Teachers were supposed to report back on July 30 with students starting August 6.  Due to continued state revenue issues, Gov. Perdue is giving school districts less money (the equivalent of 3 days of payroll).   Now, of course, like just about any other teacher, I've been preparing materials at home, taken a few classes and have already been in school to get ready.  And I'll be in tomorrow and early next week, cleaning gunk off bows and strings and getting ready for open houses, which will no doubt still start on schedule.  But on July 30-31?  Nope.  Had we known sooner, I might be on the road with kids and hubby, visiting in Chicago then heading up to Beaver Island.  Since I'll be at home  (having my stay-cation with the cats), I think I will have a fiddlin' furlough frenzy.  Or a maybe a yard sale-palooza.  Anyone need a last minute violinist at the end of July?

Posted on July 24, 2009 at 8:35 PM

check the unemployment figures and then give thanks that you are not a statistic

From Patricia Baser
Posted on July 24, 2009 at 9:42 PM

I don't have to be happy about this.  My husband's job already fell victim to the economy.

From Donna Clegg
Posted on July 24, 2009 at 11:30 PM

My county has not said what they are doing yet.  We signed a contract with a specific number of days and a $$ amount, so they may decide it's not legal to do this.   I just heard that Cobb County is refusing to fulough their teachers.  Good for them!

From Pamela Schulz
Posted on July 25, 2009 at 3:46 AM

I'm in private industry, and my company has laid off half it's staff, and of the rest, some were on full-time furlough, and others were on 1-day-per-week furlough.  At one point, only 9 of us were still working full-time.

One is grateful to have a job these days!

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