Reverse PD-(where admin makes a good one leave)-
A friend of mine told me that the day before T-Day break, a favorite teacher at a part-time preschool (only 2-3 days a week, for a half day) of many years had resigned. So many parents called to complain and question why she was leaving without notice that a board meeting was called. Seems that a new admin had come on this year, and had plans to get this long-time school accredited. Favorite teacher was apparently told to not do her traditional T-Day gathering with chicken nuggets and singing for the parents, complete with festive decorations, but she did anyway, as has been tradition for many years in her room.
(One room per age group, a small school)
Also, the parents were told at the meeting that Favorite Teacher focused too much oh showing letters to the children 2nd semester, and that the reason it takes so long for kids to learn to read is that they are introduced to letters and sounds too young. Once they are ready, most kids can learn to read "in two weeks."
(Perhaps that bit should go into brain hurty/asplodey?!?)
So, Favorite Teacher was too traditional and too educational, so she had to be let go so they could focus on streamlining for accreditation.
My friend asked, "does the newly hired replacement teacher have all the supplies needed?"
"Oh, yes, she will be given curriculum and all the supplies necessary."
Cue the first day after break, and the room is stripped bare. The play kitchen, the curtains, the storage containers full of homemade games and manipulatives, the lesson plans and such, all gone. This was all personal property of Favorite Teacher for years and years, that she collected and made and shared.
The admin/board tossed some leftover items from other rooms to fill it out a bit, but what they will find out in January is that the wonderful old teacher's co-teacher is also leaving, to co-teach with her in a newly rented and licensed private facility, and that over half the parents have already committed to following her there.
So, the new admin, by getting rid of Favorite Teacher, also lost a co-teacher, years of supplies, will have to spend lots of money to fill the void, and oh,yeah, locate another dozen students or so...
(I am sure there is more to the story, but it is fact that she left abruptly and is opening a new place and many parents followed her, especially after a BS board meeting.)
(In this area, accreditation is not such a big deal for part-time preschools, esp. if run by a church. But, if this one wants to jump through hoops, it is their choice! Just do not think they thought about checking with the parents first...many non-accredited part-time preschools have waiting lists for the fall after registration in January.)