The UFT and DOE set up a consultation committeee to identify and solve the issue of high teacher turnover. For the Queens High Schools, on one side was the UFT who brought out that the primary issue was bad principals and identified a few. While on the other side was the Superintendents who claimed it was because teachers left for the greener pastures of the suburbs, as if they don't see their principals as a problem. The obvious disconnect between the two sides meant that nothing was accomplished.
The problem that neither the union or the DOE are willing to address is the low morale among teachers throughout the public school system. Both the union and the DOE turn a blind eye to the serious morale issue among teachers and to address the low morale the following steps must be implemented.
- Stop blaming teachers for student failures beyond their control.
- Stop passing students who don't deserving to pass.
- Stop administrative harassment of teachers.
- All salaries will be centrally funded and by units, not actual salary.
- Eliminate school based Fair Student Funding.
- Let teachers teach the way they see as best for their students.
- Eliminate Charlotte Dainelson as a rubric.
- Stop targeting veteran teachers.
- Stop the ever increasing paperwork and data mining.
- Remove principals that have low teacher trust factors.
While bad principals and the suburbs will always affect teacher turnover, by implementing the above steps you can allieviate the high teacher turnover that plague far too many of our schools.