Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Read Klein's lips: No new teachers

From the NY Times:

In an effort to cut costs and avoid teacher layoffs, the Department of Education on Wednesday ordered principals to fill vacancies with internal candidates only. As a result, aspiring teachers at education schools and members of programs like Teach for America — a corps of recent college graduates — and the city’s Teaching Fellows — which trains career professionals to become teachers — are scrambling for jobs.

Many are forwarding their résumés to charter schools and private schools; others are looking to the suburbs and across state lines. Some are reconsidering the teaching profession altogether.

The Department of Education typically hires thousands of teachers for the start of school each September. In 2008, it hired 5,725 educators — 1,792 from the Teach for America and the Teaching Fellows programs, and 3,933 who, by and large, came from schools of education.

But this year, the department anticipates fewer openings and will not hire externally except in certain high-needs areas like speech therapy and bilingual special education. Instead, principals can fill spots only with internal candidates, including teachers from a reserve pool made up of those whose jobs have been eliminated and many who have earned unsatisfactory ratings.

25 comments:

italian girl said...

In other words, class sizes are about to jump. Big time.

Anonymous said...

My little niece is in college and will be ready for a teaching job in a couple of years.

She has already won her Phi Betta Kappa Key, and has been extended a request to be a camp counselor once more in spite of a horrible economy.

She is loved by all, is well educated, speaks correct English, has a excellent, patient disposition and good character.

She may be one of the teacher's the city throws away so they can pay big bucks for dubious quality later.

Remember, good teachers don't stand around waiting for jobs. They relocate, take jobs in sales, corporate training and so forth and their talents are lost to the city forever.

italian girl said...

Your little niece should not want to teach in the city. They want the "best and the brigtest" only to treat them worse than animals. Take my word for it - tell her to find a teaching job in Long Island. She'll be much happier. It won't be long before I do the same.

Anonymous said...

Long Island is going broke because they overpay everyone and privatize everything

italian girl said...

The residents there are happy overpaying. In their minds, it keeps out the "element" as they say.

Snake Plissskin said...

Once again we take money from kids (read minorities and immigrants) and give it to city planning and DOB or give tax breaks to favored (campaign donating) projects that could support schools.

Funny how the leadership of minority communities support Blumturd.

Maybe their followers could ask him why - as he shortchanges their kids and ruins their communities with development.

Anonymous said...

What the hell is the teacher in that photo wearing? Does BOE have any clothing standards?? Talk about unprofessional.

Anonymous said...

Hey Ms. Italy, please go to Long Island already. Please go out there where all the crap is spread out, traffic is horrible, the people have isolated views, and in general everything is boring. You will fit in much better and those of us who enjoy New York City won't have to hear you whine anymore.

This is another union problem. The City can't get rid of bad teachers to be able to bring in new teachers, because the union doesn't care about teacher quality, they only care about what helps the union.

Anonymous said...

People in LI are happy paying the highest property taxes in the country so they can overpay their municipal workers? You think LI keeps the "element" out? Wow. I guess you haven't driven anywhere near Sunrise highway lately.

Queens Crapper said...

"Please go out there where all the crap is spread out, traffic is horrible, the people have isolated views, and in general everything is boring."

Miss Italy already lives on Long Island as do the rest of the residents of Brooklyn and Queens.

I like the analogy, though. Long Island...as opposed to Queens where the crap is ubiquitous and close together, traffic is also horrible, the people live in isolation in ethnic communities and in general things are boring because almost all of our cultural institutions and history have met the bulldozer.

Anonymous said...

Crapper, you've got to be kidding. Yes, geographically Queens, Brooklyn, Nassau and Suffolk counties are on one island. But colloquially, no one refers to Brooklyn or Queens as Long Island. Thankfully. Nassau and Suffolk are considered "Long Island." Queens and Brooklyn are not. When italian girl referenced Long Island, did you think she meant Queens? But if it makes you feel better, I'll re-phrase - Ms. Italy, please move to "Nassau or Suffolk" already . . .

Now, in your little world, you may think people live in isolation in ethnic communities in Queens, but in reality, that is not the case. Queens, as part of New York City, has public transportation and convenience of nearby services pretty much everywhere. It has its own cultural institutions and is a stone's throw from some of the greatest in the world. You can have "Nassau and Suffolk's" long trips everywhere, behind the times attitudes, bad food, isolated areas, high taxes and dumpy neighborhoods anytime, I'll stick with New York City thank you.

Queens Crapper said...

Nassau and Suffolk have the LIRR and the LI Bus system. There are also high rises out there!

Have you been to "Long Island" lately?

Queens Crapper said...

"Now, in your little world, you may think people live in isolation in ethnic communities in Queens, but in reality, that is not the case."

I guess this isn't reality...

Anonymous said...

"dumpy neighborhoods" = Corona, Far Rockaway, Elmhurst, Jamaica...need I go on?

Anonymous said...

In other words, the pot is calling the kettle black.

Anonymous said...

How could you leave Flushing off the "dump" list, especially since Wellington Chen himself once called it a "crappy Chinatown?"

Anonymous said...

Interestingly, Nassau County used to be part of Queens.

georgetheatheist said...

I live in Queens. To the west of me is "the City". To the East of me is "Long Island". Go figure.

italian girl said...

"Ms. Italy, please move to "Nassau or Suffolk" already . . ."

No sweetie pie. I'll stay right here. I have looked to move there recently but I always found Queens to be a much better fit to live. Not so much to work anymore.

Queens is awesome. It's snobs like you that ruin it.

italian girl said...

"What the hell is the teacher in that photo wearing? Does BOE have any clothing standards?? Talk about unprofessional."

There are no standards. A principal cannot tell you anything about your clothes. Randi Weingarten managed to hold onto that for us. What a gal! But they can harass the sh@# out of you if a staple is in the wrong way on a a bulletin board. Go figure.

Anonymous said...

Teachers union is a big part of the budget and education problem, too many bad teachers being paid in "limbo" for years when this can go to other places.

Anonymous said...

you wont ever get high teacher quality if you dont want to give them good salaries

Anonymous said...

To be a public school teacher in NYC, you must speak another language. English-only speakers need not apply.

Anonymous said...

wow! the insult to queens, but most of the teachers and the traffic are due to nassau and suffolk coming into our area and manhattan. so if you don't appreciate us stay in long island. I think long island is becoming the shit of new york and you pay way too much in taxes for the crooks running your towns and schools. oh no more hiring of teachers? well what are you going to fill in all the new schools you have planned on building, another b.s. from the asshole.

Anonymous said...

Schools are now going to be forced to hire from the "rubber rooms" where the teachers that have been removed from their jobs are sent for one reason or another. It is so hard to fire a teacher even a crappy one that we continue to pay them to do nothing. So now even if they were removed from a school for poor reviews they will be put back into another classroom because Klein is giving the schools no other choice. I am sure there are some decent teachers stuck in the system but many more are there for a reason. I would rather take my chances with a really bright new teacher. Another brilliant move by the mayor, Klein and UFT.