Teacher Forced into Retirement at 58

by Kacey
(New Orleans)

As a teacher, I lived for my high school students. The week before school began I was involved with an involuntary transfer after 24.5 years experience with 12 years at my last school. The school district began a squeeze of older more expensive teachers.

I had taken advantage of all improvement opportunities which led to me costing the district a larger salary than peers. We were forced to interview with a different principal. My principal chose to keep people she had gone to school with. I came from a different state and was shocked to be questioned about school loyalties.

The year before, I was four blocks from my home and often would walk. I was sent across town to an elementary school and was forced to buy a new reliable car. The worst part is that I DO NOT LIKE LITTLE KIDS AND AND WAS ASSIGNED AN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL. THE PRINCIPAL MADE IT HER POINT TO MAKE MY LIFE HELL.

She was a flip-flop wearing, fake finger nail, outdated hairstyle nut that did not have one professional bone in her body! Nothing I did all year was good enough and I had six different teaching assignments that year.

I was told I would not be given a high school but must return to the elementary school or I could retire. I could not have physically gone through another year of little kids so I was forced to retire.

At 58, I could have worked five more years to get to 30 years and about $1500 more annually for each of the five years or about $7500 more annually when I turn 63. I now feel scared about my future. I am a single lady who must count on every penny.

I fear this forced retirement will short change me for the rest of my life! All of my adult life had been dealing with teens and now my life is empty!

Wendy: Please Please do not take this retirement negatively from the get go... Please think Positive on what you can still offer your community!

You have many opportunities ahead of you. You can still work with teens at some type of youth program in your area... seek them out. You could volunteer and they later hire you, after seeing your passion for helping teens (something *I* personally couldn't do). Use your gift...

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loss of working w/ teens
by: mildred/tn

My daughter at the age of 50 started college to become a teacher for teens. She does not see a future now after 3 years but loves the schooling. I am encouraging her to continue because I think the way of the future will be "on line teaching".

My advice to u if u want to continue working w/ teens is to find a Boy's or Girl's Club. They are teens and need all the teachings and guidance u can give.. Hang in there..


Look up, not down.
Count your blessings.Start a log book, count your blessings each day, not your losses. You can do this.

You are a teacher and have much to offer. You can teach others what you have learned from this down sizing. You are not alone..

Please answer back and let us know how you are doing.

Chicago just closed down 50 public schools this year
by: Anonymous

Although I'm an older teacher, no way was I at the top of the pay scale ladder, I stayed at home part of the time to take of my children, so I entered the full time teaching position later. I was the chief bread earner.

In 2005 I was fired from my special education teaching position (along with 1,399 others) after getting an excel lent rating by my principal.

After a year of job searching, I was able to find a special education job at a charter school, making less and working more hours. I worked as a full time special ed resource teacher, a case worker, and an intervention specialist.

I told my principal that I was unable to fulfill all three positions adequately. She told me that I had no choice and that I had to do them. After 4 years She fired me because she didn't like the way I wrote IEP's. Overworked and feeling very few options, I took retirement, which has me at the poverty level.

Since 2005, 1,000 teachers per year have been fired from the Chicago School system. This year with the closing of 50 public schools, by our mayor Rahm Emanual, about 2000 teachers and staff have been fired. There are quite a few teachers going thru what I'm going thru.

After a year I'm still upset, but I know it'll get better. Meanwhile I'm looking for a part time teaching job.

from another retired teacher
by: Deborah

I retired from teaching in Charlotte, NC in 2005.

I retired at 57 because the school system every year changed the transfer policy so that it was almost impossible to move to another assignment. I was driving about 30 miles to work and so exhausted I was struggling to stay awake on the drive home. My health was suffering. You know the whole list of stuff.

Since I retired, I've seen the same thing happen to others that happened to you. Teachers forced out because they have been with the system for years and are higher on the pay scale than the rookies. I too have had my share of administrators with "connections" and little else.

We however are the lucky ones. We got out in time, because from what I hear, it's much worse now. Believe me, count your blessings. I am grateful every day to get back my health, my sanity, and my self-esteem!! You will too, and you'll wonder where you ever found the strength to do it as long as you did!!


Wendy: I bolded part of Deb's story above because I believe the same. The local government employer I was with for 37 years... is doing much more with less staff, less tax dollars -- can you say s-t-r-e-s-s? Like Deb, I thank God daily that I was eligible to retire and not have to suffer through what is taking place out there -- govt., schools, or private corporations.

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Forced Retirement
by: Joe W.


Hi! I was downsized from my last permanent job at Age 45 and haven't had another full-time job since. I think that forced retirement or downsizing is becoming a more common situation today.

There are many Boomers that have put in 20-30 years of service and because of unexpected company or institution changes, are now forced into re-inventing themselves.

I look at this as a positive opportunity to begin contributing your skills, interests, and resources in areas where you are more appreciated.

Joe W.

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