Interestingly, now that the Superintendents have replaced the useless and money sucking Children First Networks, principals must get a Superintendent's approval to hire. The result has been that principals cannot simply hire teachers who are not certified in the subject they are hired to teach as the Superintendent does not want bad publicity of hiring unqualified teachers laid at their door and exposed to media scrutiny. This is evident when it comes to Earth Science as principals are scrambling to find certified Earth Science teachers and have found none available in their borough, In fact, one Bronx Earth Science teacher who was suspended and will not be available until the second semester, received calls from schools to see if he would commit to their school for the Spring semester! I personally received 16 inquiries, most from the Bronx, some from Manhattan and a few from Brooklyn, despite the unfair "red flag" on my file that would normally scare off principals who are ignorant of the facts in my case. Compare that to the last three years where I received a grand total of 5 inquiries.
However, there is one glaring exception, the renewal schools under Superintendent Amiee Horowitz where schools like Richmond Hill and August Martin who have no certified Earth Science teachers and other renewal schools like Long Island City, John Adams, William Cullen Bryant, and Newtown with many Earth Science classes being taught by a teacher not certified Earth Science. Who in their right mind believe having teachers not certified to teach a Regents subject will improve student academic results? How does Chancellor Farina justify using uncertified teachers in schools where students already academically struggle and now are forced to learn from inexperienced or uncertified teachers?
I guess when it comes to the renewal schools Chancellor Carmen Farina talks the talk but fails to walk the walk and its still "children last"...Always!