- Poor retention rates with 15% leaving yearly considered " effective or highly effective".
- Poor working conditions that result in a low 50% retention rate within five years of teaching.
- Poor school cultures.
- Lack of Administrative support, especially principal leadership issues.
- Lack of resources.
- Increasing class size
- Lack of an enforceable student discipline code.
- poor teacher morale.
- lack of respect for teachers by the Bloomberg Administration.
Teachers who work with the academically-challenged population must have not only Administrative support but his or her student's family must receive professional assistance and the student should have after-school programs and services to help them academically as well as behaviorally. Presently, the City does not offer adequate wraparound services to these children, instead it it easier for the Mayor and Chancellor to blame teachers for the student's failure to behave and succed academically rather then provide the necessary wraparound services for student academic achievement.
The best method to improve student academic achievement is to enforce student discipline and get these disruptive students the help they and their family needs so that the teacher can become the "effective teacher" that the Mayor and Chancellor claim they want/ All other strategies fall behind the most important factor and that is a peaceful classroom where students can learn without disruptions from a behaviorally-challenged student.