ERIC Number: EJ868079
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Saving School Psychology Jobs in a Time of Fiscal Chaos
Lazarus, Philip J.
Communique, v37 n6 p1, 23-27 Mar-Apr 2009
On May 9, 2008, Kathleen Norona received notice that she would no longer be working as a school psychologist for Miami-Dade County Public Schools (M-DCPS) where she had been employed for the past 5 years. In total 41 out of 240 school psychologists were given official notice that they would be placed on surplus. That is, they would no longer be employed as school psychologists. The arrival of 41 surplus letters sent a shockwave throughout the M-DCPS school psychology community. Not only did the school psychologists not know these official letters were coming, employment termination letters were sent out without consulting the administrators of school psychological services. Dr. Gene Cash and the author were both asked to speak to the media on behalf of the M-DCPS school psychologists. This article describes how the author and Dr. Gene Cash began their process of challenging the surplus of school psychologists, and discusses the strategies they developed in explaining the situation to the public and how they present their case to the school board. Eventually, all school psychologists placed on surplus were rehired, and they felt a new surge of respect and unity. Due to the effective efforts at communicating the importance of school psychological services, the issue of reducing school psychological staff has not been brought up again.
Descriptors: Psychological Services, School Psychologists, School Psychology, Boards of Education, Budgeting, Retrenchment, Job Layoff, Administrators, Leadership, Intervention, Prevention
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Identifiers - Location: Florida