Friday, July 15, 2016
To be considered inept by the NYC school system a very low bar. Do you want your children stuck with these folks. The DOE is a socialist enterprise and its products prove it.
Ninety-eight teachers who the Department of Education decided weren’t good enough for the city’s worst schools nonetheless get to keep their jobs — and find a position in another classroom.
The DOE initiated wholesale staffing changes at six so-called “Out of Time” schools that have been threatened with closure without drastic improvement.
The last-ditch reform effort forced teachers and other staffers from the schools to reapply for their positions. Ninety-eight weren’t retained and must now look for new school jobs next year or be reassigned, the DOE said Thursday.
Charter-school advocates blasted the action.
“Shuffling ineffective teachers from one school to another isn’t a sign that the administration is willing to prioritize students above the bureaucracy,” said Jeremiah Kittredge of Families for Excellent Schools, a charter backer.
StudentsFirstNY Executive Director Jenny Sedlis said, “That passing of the lemons means several thousand students will be subjected to subpar teaching. This is yet another example of how City Hall’s failure to negotiate a good contract with the teachers union means children will suffer.”
Union rules don’t allow the DOE to fire the failing teachers — and the DOE does not consider the expulsions an official disciplinary action against them.
The agency insisted it wasn’t forcing the cost of the excised teachers on their future schools.
The exiled instructors will be paid from central DOE coffers and won’t burden the budgets of their new destinations, according to a spokeswoman. Also, they will not fill specific vacancies, she said.
The DOE maintained that cleansing staff at the six struggling schools was critical to their improvement and that some have already shown signs of progress.
The department noted that John Adams HS in Queens has come off of the Struggling Schools List and that Automotive HS in Brooklyn and JHS 80 in The Bronx have been removed from the Persistently Struggling Schools list.
But StudentsFirstNY rejected those claims of progress, arguing that the graduation rate dropped at Automotive and remains below city average at John Adams.
The six Out of Time schools affected by the staff reshuffle were placed on the list last year after failing to demonstrate marked improvement over three years.
Out of a total of 454 teachers and other union staff members, 245 were not retained.
“As we work tirelessly to turn these schools around and serve their students, we must have the right leaders, the right teachers, and the right school staff in place,” Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña said in a statement.