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    We've never had unions here...and in a small farming community where everyone is related to someone who is related to you, I'm not really sure how it would work. It so feels like a no-win situation because many of us who are so unhappy have husbands whose jobs are dependant on the people who favor the recent actions of the superintendant--or who are actually on the board. We're talking about social ostracism as well as loss of income when we talk about strikes, etc. It's a whole different set of rules here that it was when I used to work in the city. Teachers in small towns have to play a much more complicated political game, because you don't leave that arena when you leave work and drive back to your suburb to live. You risk not just your job, but your family's jobs and acceptance in the community when you challenge what the powers of the community decide on. It's in the produce aile at the grocery store, in your sunday school class, on the walking track in the afternoon, in the birthday party invitations your child receives, in your doctor's office, on the football field your son plays on, in the scholarships your child can recieve when he totally permeates your life and livlihood. I know, it's my choice to live here, and a simple solution is to leave--but I have good reasons to stay in spite of the mess that is being created by the school system right now. What I want is for us to be able to bring about change and set limits on this Superintendant's power without becoming a town outcast! Believe me, there aren't going to be 80% of the teachers here who are willing to take a risk like that! Has anyone dealt with a similar situation in a small town setting like mine and been successful in bringing about change without being run out of town?

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