Speaking of NYC layoffs…
…why is the city preparing to bring in more NYC Teaching Fellows and Teach For America recruits, and place some of these teachers-in-training in high-need positions like special education, when they’re letting go of teachers they already have? Seems like it would be more cost-effective, and practice-effective, to retrain teachers with classroom experience to fill these roles, than to put completely green teachers in classrooms with some of the highest-need children. (Speaking of costs, if I were a New York City parent and/or taxpayer, I’d also be up in arms about the $20 million being spent on consultants to recruit new teachers in a time of teacher layoffs! How many current, beloved teachers could you retain with that money??)
From the New York Daily News:
Even as the threat of thousands of teacher layoffs looms, the city is preparing to hire 500 new ones for next fall, officials said.
Critics wonder why the city has accepted the new recruits – 400 from New York City Teaching Fellows and 100 from Teach for America – to work in shortage areas like special education instead of retraining teachers on the payroll.
“It’s mind-boggling that they’re hiring when I may lose my job,” said Marquis Harrison, 25, who started in the city schools with Teach for America nearly three years ago. (Read more here)