Wednesday, November 06, 2019
The New York Post's Misleading Editorial
The New York Post has an editorial that blames the De Blasio administration for keeping alleged misbehaving teachers on the payroll indefinitely. The problem is that some of those teachers cited in the article were put in their predicament by ex Chancellor Joel Klein, a decade before Bill de Blasio became Mayor of New York City, but don't let the facts get in the way of an editorial.
Furthermore, the statistics used in the editorial is like comparing apples with oranges. The 2012-13 school year showed that 13% of educators charged under 3020-a were terminated. While only 6% were terminated in the 2018-19 school year. The problem with the comparison is that the 3020-a hearings take six months or longer for the arbitrator to write up the decision. Therefore, many of the 2018-19 3020-a cases have not been completed until this year and are not included in the 2018-19 statistics.
Finally, with a more teacher friendly Chancellor in Richard Carranza, the DOE has been more careful in charging teachers under 3020-a (227 compared to 443 in 2012-13) and that is the reason why there are fewer (47%) educators charged under 3020-a from the last year of the Bloomberg era..