Anyone looking to see a full study of NYC government personnel, go to the New York City Government Workforce Profile Report. It is an interesting document with tons of information about the city workforce. We want to focus here on people leaving government employment. If the system was fair, one would think that those working in education would leave public service at roughly equivalent levels but the data does not show this.
Teachers, including DOE teachers and CUNY professors, are separated from service at a rate of 8.7%. The rate of separation for assistant principals is just 4.7% while the separation rate for principals is only 4.8%.
Separation includes retirements, resignations, and dismissals. Why is the rate for teachers so much higher than our bosses? If we look at retirements, 7.3% of assistant principals and 10.2% of principals are eligible to retire while 10.2% of teachers are also eligible to retire. Retirements probably aren't the reason teachers are separated from service at a rate much higher than our bosses.
If someone wants to make the argument that many teachers are not tenured so there should be more separation from service among nontenured employees, take a look at the educational paraprofessional title where only 7.2% are separated from service. Paras do not have tenure protections. One would think they would be separated from service at a much higher rate than teachers.
There is an anecdotal that does kind of illustrate the theory that teachers are often targeted by school level bosses while administrators are not.When administrators are pulled from schools, it might be a jolt to their egos but it doesn't mean any job insecurity in many instances. Take the case of Rosemary Jahoda, who was removed as principal from Townsend Harris High School and prior to that had a controversial tenure as an assistant principal at Bronx High School of Science. It was reported to me that she showed up last Monday at one of the replacement schools for Beach Channel High School to lead staff development. The Department of Education takes care of their administrators. We discovered a little data to back up what we all know is true. We'll keep looking for more.