Friday, January 10, 2014
A Story About A Father And Daughter When It Comes To Getting A Job Interview In The NYC Public Schools.
This story is real and is a symptom of what's going on when it comes to hiring teachers in the New York City Public School System. I did change the names and the father's and his daughter's position to protect their identities.
The father (Sam) is a 58 year old teacher with 20 years in the school system, who was excessed from his closing school two years ago and has been rotating weekly this year. His subject is in a DOE "shortage area". However, after applying to 12 openings in the Open Market System and getting no responses, Sam decided to go to the only "job fair" at the Armory in Manhattan in hopes of landing a position. Unfortunately, the "job fair" was a farce. There were only a smattering of schools, mostly from the South Bronx and transfer schools that even bothered to show up. Many spaces where schools were supposed to be were empty. Worse, the schools seemed only to be interested in the younger teachers while giving the older teachers like himself less than a minute or two to sell themselves. Finally, Sam only saw two schools, both transfer schools, that had vacancies in his subject area. The father went home disappointed and resigned to the weekly rotation he faced.
The daughter (Cindy) 25, fresh out of college with a teaching degree in a non-shortage area, had worked in Long Island as a substitute teacher for two Long Island School Districts in her first year of teaching. In May, realizing she wasn't getting a permanent position next year, Cindy applied to the DOE's "new teacher finder". However, during late June Cindy landed a position as an Assistant Human Resources Administrator for a medium sized company and decided to put her teaching career on hold. Throughout the summer Cindy was besieged with job interview requests from principals in the four Boroughs. Even during the fall and just before the Christmas vacation Cindy told me that she received an average of 10 inquiries monthly. Meanwhile her father is rotating weekly to different schools.
For experienced teachers it was hard enough to land a position when there was a hiring freeze but with the hiring freeze lifted, stories like the "father and daughter" is the reason that the ATR pool is over 2,000 strong and until the de Blasio/Farina Administration stops this destructive "education on the cheap" policy, nothing will change.