ESL Term:

Midnight Run

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midnight run: When a teacher leaves his or her job abruptly and then hastily departs the country to avoid contract obligations or penalties.

In some cases, teachers flee because of threats made by directors, lousy conditions, or breech of contract such as late pay or no pay.

In some cases, teachers leave decent jobs with directors who abide by their terms of the contract. This can cause hardship on legitimate directors, as they scramble to find a new teacher.