I have to say, in the heat of this summer, it has been pretty cool under the bus. We do get a little breeze near the rear axle which is a small but gratifying relief during high noon. I have been thinking and it seems that the thought of being tossed under the bus is more disturbing than actually being under the bus. I guess you never realize how vulnerable you actually are when you assume that certain elements of your life are in place. I thought I would be a teacher until I retired because I had a degree of job protection afforded me by my union. We in the ATR now know that such is not the case. I guess that is what made the abrupt and unceremonious tossing of tenured teachers so dispiriting. But there is more; let's give credence to the budget restrictions, just for argument sake, because the budget is the excuse for releasing tenured teachers -- right? The school could no longer afford that teacher. So, here we are with the creation of a made-up group of senior teachers labeled ATR who have spent the summer basking under the gas tank of a school bus. Does the union assist those of us who need the union now more than ever? Is there even an e-mail address to specifically answer our concerns? Why doesn't the union create a Facebook page for ATR's and send a notification out to all concerned that they have created a line of communication? One of the difficulties of being in the 800 or so ATR's is the isolation and forced fragmentation of its members. If not for the blogs addressing these issues we would be left entirely in the dark. We have issue with evaluation, with representation and with support. It's not that I'm expecting the union to gather activist members to load 100 buses to head to Chicago in support our brothers and sisters in CORE. I mean, that would be too..what, progressive?