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Saturday, December 15, 2018
More Closing Schools And That Means More ATRs.
The De Blasio administration has let it be known that more Renewal Schools will be closed at year's end. This means more ATRs, especially veteran teachers since school based Fair Student Funding will discourage principals from other schools to pick them up.
How many Renewal Schools will close? Probably five is a good estimate based upon their lack of students, low test scores, and teacher turnover. Its possible that an additional Renewal School or two will be merged with other schools making more ATRs. This does not include trying to have teachers reapplying for their positions like they did at Flushing and DeWitt Clinton High Schools.
Renewal Schools cannot attract academically proficient students simply by being identified as a struggling school and due to Fair Student Funding, quality teachers. Does that matter to the DOE that their own policies is a recipe or failure? Of course not, best to blame the school for not improving then the DOE's own failing policies.
What will happen to the remaining academically struggling schools? I suspect they will eventually close or merge with other schools unless the schools are given specialized programs to attract academically proficient students and recruit veteran teachers, something the DOE has no plans to do,
You can read the entire article about the Renewal Schools and what will happen to them in Chalkbeat.