Tuesday, February 06, 2018


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.


Anonymous said...

Dont worry, the uft is ready to charge us for things we shouldnt even need...

The UFT is eager to provide you with the resources you need to succeed. I'm pleased to invite you to LearnUFT courses for teachers at the UFT's Brooklyn borough office this Saturday, Feb. 10.

Two courses for teachers will be offered on Saturday, Feb. 10, from 10 a.m. to 2:15 p.m. The UFT Brooklyn borough office is at 335 Adams St. Directions »

The fee to register is $30 per course per teacher or $60 for the day. Registered participants are expected to complete both courses. Participants will receive two CTLE hours per course — four CTLE hours for the day.

Getting to Know our ELLs: Understanding the Language Proficiency Levels of Our Students

Participants will:

Describe the various student attributes for their designated Language Proficiency Levels.
Use the New Language Progressions to design instruction for ELL students.
Incorporate strategies to increase interaction and critical thinking for ELL students.
Register to take this course from 10 a.m. to noon »
Register to take this course from 12:15 to 2:15 p.m. »

Specially Designed Instruction: Putting the Individual in IEP

Participants will:

Define Specially Designed Instruction.
Understand the barriers to learning as they apply to the most common classifications for students with disabilities.
Identify strategies to address student needs.
Specially design instruction (using an IEP) to meet the unique needs of a student.
Register to take this class from 10 am. to noon »
Register to take this class from 12:15 to 2:15 p.m. »

If you can't make this Saturday, courses for teachers are also available on March 3 and 17. See all course offerings »

I hope you take advantage of this wonderful professional development opportunity.


Elizabeth Perez
Brooklyn Borough Representative

Anonymous said...

They are charging for everything because they know the spigot will soon be turned off. It wouldn’t surprise me if they installed pay lavatories at 52 like many buildings had in the 70s - they will charge you to take a crap, even though they don’t give a crap.

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