Bruno: Why I'm Teaching At A Charter School
(Teacher seniority does not generally transfer between districts, although years of experience usually will for determining salary.)
This meant I went back on the job market in February. That's pretty early to start looking for a job for the fall, so for several months the "job hunt" didn't really consist of much except a submission of my application to Los Angeles Unified's district-level hiring pool.
That started to change in May, when middle school science jobs began appearing online. Consistently - and unsurprisingly - those first jobs were almost exclusively in charter schools.
I began applying, and started to hear back - again, from charter schools - on May 28.
The very first middle school science position in a (geographically realistic) district school posted on June 18. That seems like a reasonable date to start finding staff for the next school year, but I received my first charter school job offer just one week later, on June 25.
All else being equal, a charter school would probably not have been my first choice. By the end of June, however, I hadn't heard back from any district schools, and there was much about this particular charter that appealed to me. They offered me classes I wanted to teach with students I wanted to work with in a school trying to undertake a number of interesting, worthwhile initiatives.
So, after some futile efforts to contact other schools I'd applied to, I took the job.
I would eventually begin hearing back from district schools. On July 23, LAUSD offered me an interview - for no school in particular - on August 26. (Classes began in LAUSD last week.)
Another school called on July 29 to schedule an interview, almost six weeks after they'd received my application.
By that time, of course, I'd already started planning for the start of the 2013-2014 school year with my new colleagues.
In other words, I'm working at a charter school because it was - by quite a wide margin - the first school that really appealed to me to offer me a job. There's really not much more to it than that. - PB (@MrPABruno) (image source)