gives a voice to the thousands of Philadelphia School District employees who've been told they would not have jobs this coming fall.
It was organized by largely by Larissa Pahomov, who was inspired by Anissa Weinraub’s layoff, and the Teacher Action Group. The website emphasizes that they are just “handful of full-time teachers who know that staying silent equals giving up.”
David Sokoloff, a history teacher at Northeast High School, who is featured on the website
, was on his way back from running a 5k with his running club in Ocean City, N.J., when text messages from his colleagues who had received layoff notices in their mailboxes began to pour in. He said he was sure he would have one upon his arrival, and he did.
Sokoloff wrote a post on his blog
about his feelings regarding the layoff.
"This layoff notice is because of a budget shortfall in our district which the State, City and my union haven’t helped to fix. But it feels much more personal right now. I interpret this layoff notice as a message that I’m not wanted or needed and despite evidence to the contrary, I fear that I will not be wanted or needed as a teacher in the future."
And while the post itself is a testament to how he has eventually come to terms with his situation, the true gems for him are the comments from the students that will miss him, like this one:
"This is such heartbreaking news. I’m very sorry and hope that you will get through it. You’re an excellent teacher and it’s the school’s and our loss. You have reached out and changed many of the students’ lives. Thank you for everything you have done! I wish you the best of luck and remember, good things fall apart so better things can fall together."