The Achilles heel in working in the 94 Renewal Schools for teachers is the extra work expected of them. There is countless hours of useless "Professional Development", teacher meetings on their prep periods, and mindless assessments that add stress on the teaching staff. Moreover, the unrelenting pressure in showing improvement simply adds additional stress to an already stressful job. Finally, while teacher time is the same in all schools teachers are under intense administrative pressure to put in an extra teaching period as the school day is longer in the Renewal Schools. While the extra teaching period is voluntary, its difficult for a teacher to refuse the administration's request. With a "high needs" student population the DOE's expectation of real academic improvement is just unrealistic.
The informed veteran teacher will usually not take a position in a Renewal School since the additional requirements put upon teachers who work with these "high needs" schools and the additional stress put on the teaching staff. Therefore, the majority of teachers who are hired at the Renewal Schools are recently excessed and untenured teachers or "newbies". The DOE's "fair student funding" also ensures that even the renewal schools will think twice before hiring a veteran teacher, no matter how desperate the school may need a certified teacher in a hard to staff subject. An example is Richmond Hill High School which has more than two dozen Earth Science classes without a certified Earth Science teacher.
The Renewal Schools will continue to struggle and fail until the DOE realizes that the first step in attracting more academically achieving students is to hire a veteran and certified staff that have a deep knowledge of curriculum and already posses good classroom management skills. That means improving the teaching environment of the schools and not the "education on the cheap" policy that the DOE continues to apply that simply follows a failed model of hiring "the cheapest and not the best teachers" for their schools. Just take a look at Automotive High School and see how that has worked out? Even the Principal is jumping the sinking ship!
If the De Blasio Administration really wants these Renewal Schools to succeed they may want to revisit the Chancellor's District that was discontinued when Chancellor Rudy Crew was removed by Mayor Rudolph Giuliani that seem to work as the DOE made an effort by recruiting veteran teachers with more money and lower class sizes. Of course, as long as Carmen Farina is Chancellor don't expect the DOE's "education on the cheap" mindset to change and these schools to improve. For the DOE its "Children last"...Always.