I took a risk whenI reported illegal and unethical issues with fellow educators in a public school. I lost my job, home and ultimately career in education, while the administrators and school board chose to keep those who were preaching, cheating and lying. I attempted to start over (with 17 yrs. exp., BFA, BS-art Ed, MAED, MAT-LD-honors-gpa-3.5 & 3.8, scholar awards, etc...) but could only find teaching jobs at step one. I eventually took early retirement (which paid the same as starting over in teaching) to leave this corrupt institution, now living on a third of the past income in a small log cabin with my husband, dog, a whole lot less stress and a clear conscience. Sadly, education continues its downward spiral while public school teachers fear speaking up, so they remain silent.