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June 7, 2018
How many layoffs at your CPS school?
Chicago Public Schools announced Wednesday that the district will lay off 156 teachers and 382 support personnel at the end of the school year.
June 6, 2018
Chicago Public Schools to cut 156 teachers, 382 support personnel
Chicago Public Schools announced Wednesday that the district will lay off 156 teachers and 382 support personnel at the end of the school…
May 27, 2016
For a second year, layoffs impact about 500 Shelby County educators
On the final day of school, Shelby County Schools announces layoffs — and the expectation of rehiring most of those displaced for other teaching positions.
June 18, 2015
Layoffs impact more than 500 Shelby County educators
Two months after approving $125 million in budget cuts for Shelby County Schools, district leaders announce the layoffs of 520 employees, mostly teachers.
March 5, 2014
Hopson previews staff cuts, reviews school closings and budget changes for 2014-15
Shelby County Schools is preparing to lay off teachers and central office staff in preparation for the "demerger" next year, when thousands of students and hundreds of teachers are likely to leave to attend new suburban school districts near Memphis.
October 30, 2013
No mass teacher layoffs in municipalities planned, Hopson says
Shelby County Schools Superintendent Dorsey Hopson said at Monday's board meeting and again in a letter on Tuesday that no decisions had yet been made about how teachers in schools that are set to leave the county district will be affected by the separation. Shelby County Schools Superintendent Dorsey Hopson reiterated to the public Tuesday that, contrary to rumors, he has no plans of laying off hundreds of teachers and administrators at schools set to be absorbed by breakaway municipal districts at the end of this schools year. Six districts have threatened to leave the county's school system. How teachers will be affected if their schools join a municipal district is an unresolved question. " I know that rumors about potential staffing changes within our district have come up," Hopson said in a letter addressed to the public and posted on the district's Tumblr page. "So I want to be very clear that no such decisions or recommendations have been made. Shelby County Schools is absolutely committed to retaining a high-quality workforce, and we will do that with care and consideration."
January 23, 2013
Walcott: Teacher layoffs not on table after eval deal collapse
The collapse of teacher evaluation talks comes with many costs, but teacher layoffs won't be among them, Chancellor Dennis Walcott announced today. The Department of Education is set to forgo $240 million in increased state school aid after it failed to agree on a new evaluation system with the teachers union by a state deadline last week. State officials have since said the city will have to go without far more funding until it adopts a new evaluation system. Last week, Mayor Bloomberg said it was "much too early to tell” whether the losses would require teacher layoffs, which he has threatened but never carried out in the past. But during a radio appearance today, Walcott said teacher layoffs are not on the table. "We're not looking at layoffs," he told host John Gambling, whose show has been a forum for city, union, and state officials to stake their positions in the conflict.
November 16, 2011
As union sues over layoffs, a view into a school that lost aides
A rally in October against planned layoffs of school aides. Five weeks after more than 650 school workers were laid off, their union…
November 14, 2011
School aides union planning to sue to undo last month's layoffs
Santos Crespo, a local president for the DC-37 labor union, on the last day of work for nearly 700 school aides last month. The union that represents school aides is suing to roll back layoffs of nearly 650 members that took place last month. Lawyers for District Council 37, which includes school aides and parent coordinators, plan to file a lawsuit over the layoffs on Wednesday, according to a press release the union just sent out. The suit will argue that the Department of Education acted in bad faith during its negotiations with DC-37 over the jobs, declining to consider other ways to save money or considering whether the City Council and principals might pitch in with their funds. It will also argue that the DOE violated state law by conducting layoffs that disproportionately affected schools with many poor students. Principals chose to cut school aide positions over the summer as they hammered out slimmed-down budgets for this year, and the layoffs took place in October after charged negotiations between DC-37 and the city failed.
October 7, 2011
Tears, vows to fight back, punctuate school aides' final workday
Santos Crespo, a local president for the DC-37 labor union, denounces layoffs on last day of work for more than 700 school aides. For many parents at Marta Valle High School, Cliftonia Johnson, a school aide, was the first line of defense when their children cut class. Johnson, 48, has spent two years at the Lower East Side School, where she works as a community associate, taking attendance and communicating with families of students who skip school—a job that sometimes requires calling hundreds of parents on the phone each week. She was one of close to 700 public school aides laid off today because of city budget cuts. Speaking this afternoon in front of City Hall at the latest of several rallies that District Council-37 union workers have held this month to denounce the district-wide layoffs, Johnson said her position is invaluable to her school community: “These high school kids barely come to school. It’s tough to get them to go to school because a lot of them don’t believe they’re worthy of an education, and you need someone who looks like them to tell them they are worthy,” she said. Johnson, who is black, echoed union criticisms that the layoffs disproportionally targeted people of color, to the detriment of school communities with substantial minority populations. “If you take our [outreach] away, you’re making it worse. ”
October 5, 2011
Despite ongoing DC-37 protest, Walcott says layoffs fight is over
City Council members, union officials, and parents spent yesterday agitating for a last-minute deal to avert layoffs planned for more than 700 school aides. Council…
October 4, 2011
Quinn says council will hold a public hearing on DC 37 layoffs
A rally against the planned layoffs of school aides who belong to DC-37 Using new strategies, City Council members are mounting a final push to stave off the school aide layoffs that are scheduled to take place at the end of the week. Speaker Christine Quinn spoke to Mayor Bloomberg today about the layoffs, according to a Quinn spokesman, who said she plans to schedule a joint public hearing with the Finance and Education Committees to find out more about the scale of the proposed cuts. The DOE has maintained that the layoffs would save at least $38 million, but union officials dispute that total. "By our calculations, it should be closer to $22 and $25 million," said District Council 37's Local 372 president Santos Crespo at a press conference today. The event brought dozens of union and elected officials out in support of Crespo's union workers. It was then followed by a larger rally this evening that attracted Occupy Wall Street protesters. Quinn's announcement comes just days after the Black, Latino and Asian caucus discussed the option following a meeting with Chancellor Dennis Walcott in which little progress was made. Quinn has kept the issue at arms length up to this point, but inveighed against any future teacher layoffs last month on the first day of school. Crespo, who has offered three concession proposals to Walcott, said the council's intervention is the union's best option at this point. "What's going to make [the DOE] respond is going to be the City Council. If that happens, then we'll get to the bottom of this and see where the money is really going."
September 27, 2011
City Council comes to table on talks to avert school aide layoffs
Union members and community members join Santos Crespo at P.S. 66 in the Bronx to protest school aide layoffs today. With the deadline to prevent layoffs of hundreds of school aides nearing, a familiar player is being introduced to help break up an impasse on negotiations. Chancellor Dennis Walcott, who has already rejected one proposal by DC-37 and its affiliate Local 372, which represent the aides, has accepted an invitation to meet with members of the council “discuss the issue pertaining to the DC37 layoffs,” according to an email sent out to the members today. The meeting is scheduled to take place tomorrow afternoon. Union officials are hoping that the City Council, which successfully brokered the deal to save more than 4,000 teacher layoffs in June, can once again come up with a solution to save jobs. One tool the council won't have is money; while the fight to prevent teacher layoffs took place before the 2012 budget was finalized, now all of the council's funds have been committed. "I assume this meeting is an attempt to help resolve some of the issues preventing an agreement between the union and the DOE," said an aide for one of the council members who will attend the meeting. The meeting is being convened by council members from the Black, Latino and Asian Caucus. School aides are the lowest paid school employees and are disproportionately black and Latino. So far, there has been no progress made in direct negotiations between union officials and the DOE, which announced lay offs of over 700 employees last month. At the time, DOE officials said that DC-37 employees were targeted because they were not willing to agree to budget concessions earlier in the summer. But talks reopened earlier this month and Walcott has said he continues to be open to more proposals.
September 15, 2011
School aides union and DOE in talks to prevent layoffs
Hundreds of Department of Education employees doomed to lose their jobs next month might not be laid off after all. Talks to avert the layoffs of 737 school aides were rekindled this afternoon between the DOE and labor officials representing the employees, according to union officials who are directly involved in the negotiations. "I can tell you that we made significant proposals to see if we can prevent these layoffs," said one of the sources, who requested anonymity because negotiations were ongoing. "I feel very positive about the meeting today." The layoffs to non-pedagogical school staff were abruptly announced last month by the DOE and came after the city blamed the employees' unions for not providing "any real savings that could have saved these jobs." The layoffs caught union leaders at DC-37, the city's largest municipal union and its affiliate Local 372 off guard. Local 372 President Santos Crespo, who said he attended this afternoon's meeting, criticized the layoffs as political and being too heavily concentrated in the city's poor and minority communities. The drama over layoffs at the Department of Education has persisted since last year, when Mayor Bloomberg first announced that thousands of teachers' jobs would have to be cut because of widening gaps in the budget. Those talks temporarily ceased in late June, however, when the teachers union agreed to concessions in an eleventh hour deal to avert the layoffs.
September 7, 2011
On eve of school year, parents take aim at school aide layoffs
The city should rethink the money used on outside consultants to save the jobs of the school aides, health workers, and parent coordinators…
August 23, 2011
Principals cut 2,000+ teaching jobs; city plans school layoffs
Budget cuts caused principals to cut thousands of positions this year, but the total number of teachers without permanent jobs rose only slightly, the Department of Education revealed today. The Bloomberg administration also announced plans to lay off nearly 800 school employees who do not belong to the teachers union, which negotiated a deal in June to avert layoffs. Most of those employees — 737 of 777 — belong to DC-37, which represents school aides and other auxiliary school personnel. The layoffs are set to start in October. When the city announced in July that schools would have to cut an average of 2.43 percent from their budgets, many principals complained that they had little fat to trim. They said they would have to turn to eliminating necessary positions and sending junior teachers to the Absent Teacher Reserve, the pool of teachers whose positions were cut or lost as a result of school closures or enrollment changes. In the end, they sent 2,186 teachers to the ATR pool this summer. More than a thousand of those teachers have already left the pool, either by finding new positions or leaving the system. A DOE spokeswoman said many of the teachers were rehired by their original schools after funding became available to keep them there. That leaves 1,940 teachers in the ATR pool with just weeks before the start of the school year. Last year, the pool contained 1,779 teachers just before classes began. Though small, the growth in the size of the ATR pool still places added financial stress on the department.
June 16, 2011
Principals report mounting anxiety about not knowing budgets
With just weeks before students and teachers disperse for the summer, principals are still without any official word of how much money they'll be working with next year. "No word of budget at this point. Not even summer school. I have no idea what’s going [on]," said a high school principal, who reported being told originally that the budget would arrive at the end of May, and then the first week of June. "I have no idea on what next year looks like at this point." Every year, the city enters a budget for each school into Galaxy, the Department of Education's budgeting data system. Principals use the system to allocate those funds for the next year according to their needs and also city, state, and federal regulations. But because of up-in-the-air negotiations over the city's budget, which are centering on Mayor Bloomberg's plan to lay off 4,100 teachers, school-level budgets haven't yet been uploaded. That means principals don't know even how many teachers they will be able to afford next year. Last year, principals received their budget June 2 — and that was late, then-Chancellor Joel Klein told principals at the time. "Even though Albany has yet to pass its own budget, we can wait no longer to release school budgets," Klein said. "We know you need as much time as possible to decide how best to spend the dollars available to your school."
June 15, 2011
Contentious union meeting leaves deal to avert layoffs in question
A meeting among the city’s public unions over a proposal that would help avert more than 4,100 teacher layoffs erupted in “fireworks” today, leaving prospects for a budget deal uncertain. According to a union official who attended, dissension was sparked over the proposal to withdraw millions of dollars per month from a union-controlled health insurance fund. That money would be redirected toward closing a $270 million budget gap in the education department. “Let’s just say there was a lot of fireworks,” the person said. The meeting was called by Harry Nespoli, President of the Municipal Labor Committee, an umbrella organization of all of the city’s public unions. Earlier this week, he floated the idea of tapping into the fund – known as the Health Insurance Stabilization Fund – at a smaller meeting between just union leaders. The meeting today, which was open to a larger swath of union members, was also planned by Nespoli. He said he hoped to build consensus on whether or not to move forward with negotiations. Now, it's clear that's not the case.
June 1, 2011
Touting alternatives, council leaders draw line on layoffs
To avoid laying off teachers, the Department of Education should cut technology spending, reduce cost estimates, and condense some central offices, according to a proposal…
June 1, 2011
Before City Council's budget hearing, a rally against layoff plans
Protesters against teacher layoffs during a rally on the steps of City Hall. Under a blazing sun, protesters rallied on the steps of City Hall today before the City Council's education budget hearing against the Department of Education's plans to lay off more than 4,000 teachers. Speakers at the rally included elected officials, union leaders, parents, community advocates, and even a star of the sitcom "Third Rock From the Sun." Dozens more — including at least 15 City Council members, Public Advocate Bill de Blasio, and Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer — stood behind to cheer their support. Robert Jackson, chair of the council's education committee, led the rally. "Protect our children, not millionaires," the protesters chanted in between speakers.
May 31, 2011
Layoffs to take center stage at tomorrow's City Council hearing
Chancellor Dennis Walcott will take the hotseat tomorrow morning before a City Council whose members are growing increasingly restive about the city's proposed teacher layoffs. According to the city's proposed budget for the fiscal year that begins July 1, the department is $350 million short of being able to fund its teaching spots. Mayor Bloomberg is pushing to close that gap by eliminating more than 6,000 teaching spots, 4,100 by layoffs. Insiders say council members are likely to grill Walcott on why the city's layoff estimates haven't wavered, despite two changes in chancellors since Bloomberg first unveiled them in November. They are also likely to demand why the city didn't cut other parts of the department's budget that doesn't directly affect the classroom, such as transportation and special education, both of which are projected to see a big spending boost next year. Many council members have said they don't think layoffs are necessary to balance the city's budget, and a few say they won't vote for a budget that includes layoffs. Robert Jackson, chair of the council's education committee, is among the elected officials set to appear at a rally against the layoffs proposal an hour before the hearing's 10 a.m. start. He'll be joined by Public Advocate Bill de Blasio, who has been lobbying against the proposed layoffs on his own; Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer, who advocates cutting contract spending to boost the staff budget; and other officials. But most council members haven't stated where they stand so clearly. Tomorrow's hearing is a chance for them to signal their intentions, offer suggestions for alternative cuts, and construct a roadmap for a month of political jockeying over the city's spending plans.
May 6, 2011
Mayor: schools not guaranteed a priority if city wins more funds
Mayor Bloomberg said today that if he's able to convince Albany to reduce the city's deficit, he won't promise to use the money to avoid teacher layoffs. During his presentation of the city's budget for 2012 this morning, the mayor blamed deep cuts from the state and federal governments for his decision to layoff 4,100 teachers. Saying that it was unlikely that lawmakers in Albany would increase aid to the city at this point, he called on them to trim public employees' pensions and cut programs it mandates the city offer, but doesn't help the city pay for. But if he succeeds in extracting cuts and more funding from Albany, that money isn't necessarily going to save teachers' jobs. "Any moneys that Albany manages to get back to us...don’t automatically go to education," Bloomberg said today. "There are a lot of first priorities. There are a lot of agencies that are very important to the city. You may decide that you need one more policeman or one more fireman… there are plenty of things in addition to education," he said.
March 28, 2011
What to expect when you're expecting layoffs (again…)
Mayor Michael Bloomberg said today that teacher layoffs are still on the table in New York City, after Governor Andrew Cuomo's budget deal lessened the cuts to education only slightly. Public school teachers could probably be forgiven for rolling their eyes. For the past two years, city officials have responded to cuts in education funding with threats of teacher layoffs and for two years, the layoffs haven't materialized. Well aware of the city's history of layoff threats, Bloomberg and Chancellor Cathie Black have described the budget crisis as more serious than in the past and the threats more real. They've lobbied Albany to change the current seniority-based layoff process and they've released a list of how many teachers each city school could lose. So with that in mind, it makes sense to look back to last year, when we published a guide to how layoffs work when and if they ever happen. Some of the information is outdated — we no longer have a Governor David Paterson and the city has confirmed that a majority of the laid-off teachers would come from elementary schools — but most of it is still relevant. For example: When will I know if I’m being laid off? Department of Education officials hope to give principals their budgets for next year by June 1, so you could find out shortly afterward that your position has been eliminated at your school. But that doesn’t mean you’ve been laid off.
March 10, 2011
How will the mayor's layoff plan affect schools? We don't know
The night before a vote on Mayor Bloomberg's favored bill to change how teachers are laid off, reporters were sent a detailed list of how many teachers each school stood to lose if the union got its way. The list gave lawmakers ammunition to back the mayor's plan and it terrified teachers who could be affected. But when it comes to the mayor's own layoff strategy, the city has so far left it unexamined. The bill the mayor supports would lay off teachers not by seniority — as the current law does. Instead, it creates nine categories of teachers who would be laid off before their peers. Among them are teachers who have been given "unsatisfactory" ratings by their principals, had too many unexcused absences, or been without a full-time teaching position for over six months. The Department of Education has not released a similar school-by-school breakdown showing what effect the mayor's plan would have. In response to a request for this analysis made a week ago, a DOE spokeswoman said: "We don’t have it immediately available." The city's big caveat here is that the mayor's plan would lay off the worst teachers, regardless of where they work and who they teach. But officials have yet to explain how this would change the make-up of the city's teachers, whether it would actually affect those with more seniority (as the union alleges), and what it would do to schools' stability.
March 2, 2011
Dispute over layoff bills boils down to a question: now or later?
The argument that heated up today between city officials, Governor Andrew Cuomo and members of the state legislature over abolishing the state's seniority-based layoff system for teachers essentially boils down to one thing: timing. Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Department of Education officials want to do away with the "last-in, first-out" system immediately so that they can use new criteria to lay off teachers at the end of this school year. Cuomo and other state officials — several of whom support changing the layoff system generally — counter that abandoning seniority-based layoffs must wait until the state has a better system it can use instead. Yesterday, Cuomo introduced a bill that would speed implementation of the teacher evaluation bill that Albany passed last May up by a year but did not propose any changes to the layoff system. City officials immediately blasted the bill as "a sham" and a distraction, and Bloomberg said today the governor's proposal "simply kicks the can down the road." Part of the disagreement lies in whether or not the city and the state have time to kick that can. City officials speak of the need to change the layoff system with a sense of urgency, arguing that a budget crisis necessitates laying off more than 4,000 teachers this year.
February 24, 2011
Maze of rules in bill to end seniority layoffs starts with U-rated
Mayor Bloomberg's fight against "last-in, first-out" layoff rules— the policy of laying off teachers by reverse seniority — has made its way to Albany. Last night, State Senator John Flanagan introduced a bill that would end the practice and the same bill will be introduced in the Assembly by New York City Assemblyman Jonathan Bing. The bill rules out seniority as the sole factor in determining who gets laid off. To replace the current seniority system, the bill offers eight pages of an extraordinarily complicated, prioritized list of which teachers and school supervisors would be first in line to be laid off. Bing's Chief of Staff Jake Dilemani said the bill was written with input from the mayor's office, along with groups like Educators 4 Excellence — an organization of teachers who, with funding from the Gates Foundation, has put forward its own proposal to change teacher layoffs. In a statement sent to reporters, United Federation of Teachers President Michael Mulgrew said that the bill would "send us back to the days before civil service protections, when people could be fired for being the wrong race or gender, too young or too old."
February 17, 2011
Mayor: layoff threat "more realistic" this year than ever before
Mayor Michael Bloomberg said today that his threats to cut more than 6,100 teaching positions — including over 4,600 through layoffs — should be taken more seriously than ever before, and the city will have to fight to avoid even more cuts across city agencies. Governor Andrew Cuomo's proposed state budget reduces state aid to New York City schools by $1.4 billion, and the city schools system is also facing the end of $850 million in federal stimulus funds. To negate those cuts, the city has moved $1.86 billion in city funds to the Department of Education since June, Bloomberg said today. But overall city expenses are still rising enough to necessitate the cuts in teaching positions, which were originally projected in the city's preliminary budget outlined in November, the mayor argued. Teachers union President Michael Mulgrew said that the mayor's layoff proposal was "more and more bizarre," given the increase in city revenue going to fill in gaps in DOE funding and the Cuomo administration's claims that state cuts should not mean local layoffs. "We’ve already lost nearly 5,000 teachers to attrition in the last two years, and class sizes are skyrocketing across the city," Mulgrew said. "It’s time the Mayor joined us in fighting for the children of our city by supporting the extension of the state millionaire’s tax, rather than continuing to focus, as he and Chancellor Black did in Albany this week, on a bogus strategy to lay teachers off.”
February 14, 2011
Teachers group mirrors city recommendations for layoff reforms
A teacher advocacy group supported by prominent opponents of the law requiring seniority-based teacher layoffs has unveiled one of the first detailed proposed alternatives to that law. A task force of 11 members of Educators 4 Excellence, the group of teachers critical of many union work rules, presented their recommendations to Mayor Michael Bloomberg earlier this month. The group is financially backed by the Gates Foundation and is linked to the advocacy group Education Reform Now. Much of their proposal is composed of recommendations that are already being pushed by Bloomberg and Chancellor Cathie Black. In speeches and editorials, the Bloomberg administration has strongly advocated scrapping seniority-based layoffs. Instead they propose laying off teachers whose principals have rated them as unsatisfactory or who currently lack full-time teaching positions in schools. E4E's proposal goes one step further, arguing that teachers who have racked up high numbers of unexcused absences during the school year should also be among the first to lose their jobs. Under the plan, teachers who were absent more than 22 days last school year and this one without a doctor's note would be laid off first. Still, the city could be forced to lay off far more teachers than who might be covered in E4E's proposal. The most conservative recent estimates indicate that the city may be forced to lay off more than 6,000 teachers if severe state budget cuts go through.
January 19, 2011
In State of the City, mayor calls for an end to seniority layoffs
Mayor Bloomberg renewed his push today for the end of seniority-based layoffs for public school teachers, who are facing greater odds of losing their jobs this year than they have in decades. During his State of the City address this afternoon, Bloomberg said that his first priority for legislators in Albany is pension reform. But a close second is ending last-in first-out — the seniority rules embedded in state law that could force the Department of Education to lay off teachers based on when they were hired. New York City has not had to lay off teachers since the 1970s and, though it came close to layoffs last year, the city dodged them by taking away funds that would have gone to giving teachers raises. But this year, the city is operating without stimulus funds and with the expectation of deep education cuts from Albany. In his November budget address, the mayor predicted that the public schools would have to lose 6,100 teachers this year. In his speech, Bloomberg noted that laying off the schools' most recent hires, who are also the cheapest employees, will mean losing more teachers than if the city laid off older, more expensive teachers. It will also mean larger class sizes, he said, in an unusual appeal to some parents' concerns about overcrowding. DOE officials typically downplay the importance of class size, and the mayor's statement comes after Chancellor Cathie Black caused an uproar by joking that parents in Manhattan should use more birth control.
August 10, 2010
Federal teacher jobs bill set to channel about $200 million to city
President Barack Obama is expected to sign a $10 billion federal teacher jobs bill into law this evening, opening the way for New York…
June 3, 2010
Klein celebrates no layoffs, hits the bar with young teachers
Question: If you're Chancellor Joel Klein, how do you celebrate not having to lay off your newest 4,400 public school teachers? Answer: By partying with a few dozen of those rookie teachers, of course. Chancellor Klein spoke to public school teachers, most of them recent hires, hours after Mayor Bloomberg announced there would be no teacher layoffs. By "partying" I mean sipping what looked to be Coke while addressing a small crowd of young teachers at a Hell's Kitchen bar. The teachers were a sympathetic crowd: Brought together by Educators 4 Excellence — a group created by teachers who hope to influence the public debate over seniority and teacher evaluations — the teachers gathered Wednesday evening to hear Klein speak.
June 2, 2010
Bloomberg calls for no teacher pay raises to avoid layoffs
Mayor Bloomberg called this morning for the city to eliminate pay raises for public school teachers for the next two years to forestall teacher layoffs.
May 25, 2010
What to expect when you're expecting layoffs: a rough guide
We're told there are layoffs coming. But how many people will be laid off? Who will they be? And will you or your child's teacher be among them? "I wish I had more money and I wish I had more clarity," was Chancellor Joel Klein's answer to these questions a few weeks ago, speaking to principals by conference call. The process of laying off teachers in New York City is so complex that few people have clear answers right now. But after studying the state law that sets teacher hiring and firing rules, talking to union and city officials, and looking back to the 1970s — the last time a economic crisis forced thousands of teacher layoffs — I have some clues. Here are answers to questions I've heard from parents and teachers (send more!). Will there be layoffs? Several scenarios exist that could reduce — but probably not eliminate — the number of layoffs. In its leaderless, unpredictable state, Albany could rewrite the budget forecast as I type these words.
May 14, 2010
Timing of district's hiring patterns key to how they weather layoffs
Most city teachers hired since the fall of 2007 will lose their jobs if current draconian budget cut predictions come through. But that cutoff date could change — and where it falls will determine not just which teachers are laid off, but which neighborhoods lose the most teachers. State law and the city union contract dictate that the newest teachers must be laid off first. Because of that system, schools and neighborhoods with the most new teachers — hard-to-staff districts with high teacher turnover and areas that have seen jumps in their enrollment — would take the nastiest blows. Right now, it’s still unclear exactly how many teachers will have to be laid off as the city waits on a state budget that is six weeks overdue. The exact number of layoffs dictates how many years and months of hiring the city will have to wipe out. In March, when the city was projecting a worst-case-scenario of 8,500 layoffs, Chancellor Joel Klein outlined projections of how many teachers each community school district would lose. Under the latest estimates, which call for 4,400 pink slips, the Bronx would still be hardest hit. But neighborhoods in Manhattan — whose new teachers are on average slightly less new — are seeing greater relief.
May 6, 2010
Guessing at size of state cuts, city plans for drastic layoffs
Mayor Michael Bloomberg proposed cutting 6,400 city teaching jobs today — but he said without action from Albany, the exact number of layoffs is still anybody's guess. The mayor's annual budget proposal would leave 2,000 teaching jobs unfilled and lay off another 4,400 teachers. And Chancellor Joel Klein urged principals to begin preparing for massive reductions that could cause classes to grow by nearly 20 percent. But Bloomberg and Klein emphasized that all of the numbers could change depending on what happens in Albany, where legislators are now a month overdue in setting a budget for the state. The city based its budget proposal on the governor's proposed state budget, which cuts nearly $500 million from school aid to New York City and is more severe than the State Assembly's proposed plan. "If we don't have any specificity in Albany, we have to act on what is a conservative best guess," Bloomberg said.
March 2, 2010
Report calls for school districts to end seniority-based layoffs
School districts should abandon lay-off policies that require principals to dismiss the newest teachers first and instead incorporate measures of teacher quality into firing decisions, a new report out today from The New Teacher Project argues. The report proposes a scorecard that would rank teachers, weighing their classroom management skills, attendance, performance evaluations and length of service to the district to determine who should be laid off. Under the group's proposal, a teacher's performance rating would be given the most weight, while his or her number of years served would count for only a tenth of their score. By doing so, the report argues, school districts can avoid laying off their best teachers who may not have worked in the system the longest.
November 13, 2009
On school aides’ last day, Klein addresses union
On the last day of work for over 500 school aides, Chancellor Joel Klein delivered a speech at the aides' union headquarters that made no mention of the layoffs. Speaking at District Council 37's Quality of Work Life Employee Recognition Ceremony this morning, Klein said that "this is a tough time," and the work school aides do is more necessary than ever before. Then he reminded the aides that "it's not how much you get, but how much you give." "I'm here today to call on all of you to make sure you and all of your colleagues continue the work you're doing. Our children will depend upon it," he said.
April 28, 2009
Principals will learn about a bleak financial situation tomorrow
School principals and reporters will be briefed on the Department of Education's financial situation tomorrow — and the outlook is likely to include "huge, gigantic cuts," according to a City Council source. The briefing will come one day before Mayor Bloomberg is scheduled to release his 2010 budget proposal. An April 8 memo from the city's budget director asked the DOE to cut 1.5 percent from its proposed operating budget through layoffs or attrition. The cuts will come on top of $251 million that the mayor proposed slashing from the DOE when he first released a 2010 budget plan, in January. The DOE has already revised its budget down $1.9 billion in the last year, down over 10 percent. This new 1.5 percent cut would chop off about $260 million more. The city cuts will be much more manageable thanks to an influx of federal stimulus dollars to the city schools. But a City Council source said that, as currently proposed, they will still be dramatic. "There's huge, gigantic cuts proposed in the city's school budget, and unless there's some miraculous turnaround in the economic forecast, I don't think anyone expects an increase in city funds going to schools," the source said.
March 26, 2009
Teacher layoffs still a possibility, Klein tells City Council
President Obama might have spoken too soon when he said the federal stimulus could prevent teacher layoffs in New York City. Depending on how state legislators choose to disburse the stimulus funds, the city could still be looking at a loss of 2,000 teachers, Schools Chancellor Joel Klein told members of the City Council's education committee this morning. The city Department of Education believes it is entitled to 41 percent of the state's $2.4 billion in education stimulus funds because it receives 41 percent of state funds overall, Klein said today at the council's hearing on the DOE's preliminary budget for the fiscal year that begins on July 1. This formula would give the DOE more than $500 million in stabilization funds, allowing it to avoid teacher layoffs. But he said some lawmakers "are taking a different view," instead suggesting that the city should receive a third of the state's stimulus money for schools because it serves a third of the state's public school students. Under this scenario, the DOE would receive just $360 million in stabilization funds, and about 2,000 teachers would have to be laid off. Klein, who was in Albany yesterday to lobby for the city schools, declined to identify the lawmakers to reporters after his testimony, saying that the negotiations are internal and ongoing. Either way, cuts to schools' non-teaching staff would be severe, Klein said, with a minimum of about 2,500 positions being lost in the first scenario and as many as 25 percent of school-based non-teaching staff positions being eliminated in the second. These positions include school aides, family workers, and other school personnel.
February 23, 2009
Economic woes take a toll on teaching quality, a teacher says
City and union officials now say teacher layoffs are unlikely, thanks to an expected infusion of cash from the federal stimulus package’s…
January 28, 2009
Klein says without state help, DOE could lay off 15,000 educators
Joel Klein is asking for flexibility and more money from the state at a joint session of the legislature today. Watch the testimony live online…
January 23, 2009
How teacher layoffs would happen, if they come, which they could
A week from today, Mayor Bloomberg plans to release his proposed budget for the next fiscal year. Yesterday, though, he was in Albany to…
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