Here's another portion of asyb's post I'd like to comment on:
On another note, it seems that our teaching staff next year might be ten teachers rather than the twelve we believed we could hire. This is brand new information, I don't know for sure or any details, and I am really trying not to freak out. But it seems like every time we finally think we've got our staffing issues sorted out, someone changes everything on us. I don't know whether my administration is being naive in how they interpret budget information, or whether the region is screwing us, or both. Ultimately, blaming is not that useful, but I have to admit my first thought is "Why do we ALWAYS have the wrong information?!?" And given how much this raises MY blood pressure, I can only imagine how my colleagues must feel who just - just - finished doing all the programming for next year.
Administrators and board members often evidence a belief that teachers cannot be trusted to take ownership of the goals of teaching and learning. The implication is always that they have to be "in-serviced" and "managed" into doing the job. Yet those same administrators and board members seem to take no notice of how they repeatedly make it difficult for teachers to take the ownership we'd all like to see. Like by restructuring a faculty in the summer, or switching a teacher from the grade he's prepared for to another grade at the last moment. All these actions send a clear message about what's really important: and it ain't teaching and learning!