Every year, because of fluctuations in funding and student population, schools have to make staffing decisions, which may well result in excessing.
That’s the standard opening I use for this article every year. This year, things are different. Despite excellent school funding for next year, catastrophic losses of student populations have led to widespread excessing this year.
The causes vary from school to school, even within districts, but federal immigration policies, charter school competition, and gentrification are the most frequently mentioned.
I’ll be exploring those issues further in subsequent Organizers.
He then gives evidence from three schools to show massive excesses in Queens.
Are there "catastrophic losses of student population" citywide?
If the answer is yes, then the Absent Teacher Reserve pool will grow substantially in the fall.