Do Now: Welcome to the department of education. Per your contract, you are obligated to remain at your school one Monday afternoon a month for a faculty meeting and another afternoon thereafter for a department meeting. What do these meetings entail? Nothing more than an examination of the fiscal stability of your school and the effects of the budget cuts. But these shouldn’t affect you, for you’re just a teacher, albeit an untenured one. As far as you’re concerned, you just want to go home ASAP. We’d like to tell you something uplifting about all of this, but we can’t. Simply put, the administration has to gripe, and nobody wants to gripe by themselves. So sit back, drop your stuff, and stay a while. After all, you’re obligated to.