View Full Version : All NYC Bloomberg warns that 21,000 new teachers could face layoffs under possible $1 billion budget cut

01-29-2011, 12:40 PM
This from N.Y. Daily News (http://www.nydailynews.com/ny_local/education/2011/01/29/2011-01-29_21000_new_teachers_facing_ax_mike_warns_of_poss ible_1b_cut.html) by Jonathan Lemire and Rachel Monahan:
Under a possible $1 billion state budget cut to city schools, Mayor Bloomberg warned Friday of possible layoffs for teachers hired in the last five years.

Because state law requires cutting the most recently hired teachers in certain subject areas first, Bloomberg complained that schools will lose great new teachers in slimming their ranks by about 21,000.

"We'd have to part company with some of the best teachers," he said on WOR radio.

"It's a state law, 'Last in, first out,'" he added, referring to the rules requiring teachers hired last to go first.

"There are great and terrible teachers at every level of experience and age. ... In the private sector, nobody would do 'Last in, first out.' You'd do it on the 'Who is the most productive.'"

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01-31-2011, 11:36 AM
This from NYPost.com (http://www.nypost.com/p/news/opinion/opedcolumnists/class_dismissed_aWbPhfrfPORfq2P7zVTbeK) by Susan Edelman:
Esther Chu was 8 when her parents moved from Hong Kong to Southern California, and she entered a third-grade classroom — terrified.

“I didn’t understand a word the teacher was saying,” she recalls.

But Chu learned quickly, and two years later she landed in the gifted-and-talented program.

In high school, a freshman biology class awoke a passion for science. “My teacher was very enthusiastic about the subject. I was fascinated about the things you can learn about cells, the body, plants.”

Despite her family’s meager finances — her mom worked as a home-health aide, her dad in a warehouse — Chu became the first in her family to attend college: Yale University.

After graduating two years ago, she joined Teach for America, a non-profit group that recruits recent college grads to teach for at least two years in low-income communities, and made a beeline to apply in New York City. The Department of Education snapped her up.

Today, the 23-year-old teaches biology and chemistry at Middle School 88 in Park Slope, after her first year at Williamsburg Prep High School. She aims to match the dedication of those who guided and inspired her.

“Passion can be contagious,” she says. “I try to make sure my enthusiasm for science is transferred, so my students can fall in love with it the way I did.”

None of her gusto may matter, however, once a possible $1 billion cut in state aid forces Mayor Bloomberg to lay off as many as 15,000 teachers, a worst-case scenario he described on Friday.

A 127-year-old civil service law puts recently hired teachers with the least seniority, like Chu, on the chopping block.

Bloomberg has launched an uphill battle to change the law, against fierce union opposition. Ending the “last in, first out” rule is also on the bargaining table in stalled contract negotiations with the United Federation of Teachers.

Layoffs by seniority would hit poor and minority communities hardest, since more new teachers typically start there.

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