Oh my gosh, I almost forgot it was Friday! I can't believe I could do such a thing.
The last few Fridays have been about contract renewals. This week, let's consider the possibility of non-renewal.
There are several different ways you can find out about non-renewal. Your options depend on how and when you find out.
If you have a probationary contract, and are told early that you are being considered for non-renewal, that means you may have a shot at avoiding it. Ask for very frank information about what it would take for the principal to change his/her mind, and then try to do it.
If you have a probationary contract and are not given an advance warning but are simply notified that the board has voted to non-renew your contract, you have no realistic recourse UNLESS there is evidence that the non-renewal was for an illegal reason, like the fact that you were pregnant.
If you have a non-probationary contract and are told that you may be recommended for non-renewal, ask the principal what might change his/her mind, and then do it.
If you have a non-probationary contract and are told there is nothing that will change the principal's mind, or if you the board has already proposed your non-renewal, you have three options:
- Do nothing, let the non-renewal become final, and go look for another job.
- Submit a resignation before the board acts, and then go look for another job.
- File a request for a hearing on the non-renewal, where the district will have to show proof of the reason they are citing for the non-renewal, and you will have the opportunity to defend yourself. The hearing examiner(essentially, the judge) will write an opinion on who made their case and on whether the board shoul non-renew the contract or not, and then the board will consider that opinion before taking a vote on your contract renewal.
If you go the hearing route, the final vote on your contract will usually not come before the end of May at the earliest, and may not happen until close to the end of summer, so you will need to be looking for another job at the same time you are contesting the non-renewal.