Saturday, September 24, 2005

UFT - Record number of certified teachers quitting

UFT - Record number of certified teachers quitting :

"Randi Weingarten

“Unless the city improves teacher salaries and working conditions, it's only going to get worse.”
— UFT President Randi Weingarten

Like a ship with a gash in its hull, the Department of Education lost 3,386 certified teachers who decided to quit over the summer.

At that rate, UFT officials warned, the school system is on track to exceed the record-setting 3,500 teacher resignations of the previous school year.

Those departures, they noted, do not include the more than 1,000 teachers who were terminated for failing to meet licensing requirements or the 2,144 teachers who retired during the summer.

“The Department of Education refuses to recognize that our city school system is facing a retention crisis,” said UFT President Randi Weingarten. “Unless the city improves teacher salaries and working conditions, it’s only going to get worse.”

Despite the summer exodus, more than 2,000 teachers spent a frustrating first day still waiting for a classroom assignment, union officials said.

Of those in a holding pattern, 726 were teachers who had been excessed from the position they held in June, many as a result of the Department of Education’s phase-out of large, struggling high schools and a restructuring of the alternative high school division.

More than 1,000 of the Department of Education’s 6,400 new recruits were also stuck without classroom assignments as of Sept. 6, according to the union.

School officials voiced confidence that they would eventually find spots for everyone. But Weingarten said that much of the turmoil and uncertainty could have been avoided with proper planning.

“The school system should be able to do school openings in their sleep,” she said.

The UFT urged school officials in a meeting in June to work out assignments for the hundreds of teachers being displaced by the closure or phase-out of several big Bronx high schools.

“They were in denial,” Weingarten said. “They told us that they had a handle on it and we shouldn’t worry.”

As of Sept. 6, approximately 100 Bronx high school teachers were still without permanent positions.

On the bright side, the Department of Education was much more efficient at putting new teachers promptly on payroll this year. All but 132 of the new hires received their first paycheck on Sept. 15 — a significant improvement over recent years.

Among the 6,400 new recruits are 2,200 teachers in alternative-certification programs, including 1,670 in the city’s Teaching Fellows program, 490 in Teach for America, 50 in the Teacher Opportunity Corps Program and 20 in the Peace Corps.

As of Sept. 1, 3,500 of the first-year teachers had been assigned mentors, school officials reported."


Are Bloomberg and Klein reading this? If they are reading this, do they have a plan to motivate teachers to stay on?

posted by An Educational Voyage @ 9/24/2005 11:59:00 AM  
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At 9/25/2005 10:29 AM, Blogger NYC Educator said...

I didn't know Klein terminated teachers for failing to meet requirements.

On the other hand, they may be unwittingly helping us out by being too cheap to sign the crap contract PERB came up with.

At 9/25/2005 10:57 AM, Blogger your math teacher said...

Why would they? It's actually saves them money when certified teachers quit. New teachers start lower on the salary scale. Plus, it's easier to mold new teachers to do their bidding, who don't know any better to fight the system when ridiculous mandates are being doled out.

At 9/25/2005 2:54 PM, Blogger An Educational Voyage said...

That is indeed my view J.

At 9/25/2005 2:55 PM, Blogger An Educational Voyage said...

NYC Ed...
I know of 2 teaachers personally who were given walking papers.

At 9/26/2005 3:42 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

the question: do klein and bloomberg really care, or is it their covert mission to pack the system with new, clueless teachers, so they can remake the DOE into their façtory model and weaken the union.


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