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Saturday, October 21, 2017
Coming To A High School In Your Neighbohood, More ATRs For The Bronx And Queens.
The Chancellor, Carmen Farina, has informed 226 teachers and other staff members that two Renewal high schools, DeWitt Clinton in the Bronx ( 96 staff) and Flushing high school (128 staff) in Queens, will have to reapply for their positions and add significantly to next year's ATR pool. The two schools continue to struggle academically and were targeted by the DOE for poor performance. Chalkbeat also has an article.
To be fair, both Renewal high schools have become a dumping ground for the Borough's students who have failed to land placements in other schools. Moreover, both Renewal Schools have high percentages of English Language Learners and Special Education students who usually have academic issues, Finally, both schools have unstable administrations with the Principal of DeWitt Clinton, Santiago Taveras, accused of grade fixing and removed last November, while the Flushing High School Principal, Tyee Chin, also accused of grade fixing removed this week. Below are the latest statistics for the two schools.
Just as important both schools have high rates of chronically absent students, with DeWitt Clinton having 45% and Flushing 39%, which is down from the previous year's 46%. The City average is 30%. and you can find the information in the latest snapshot for 2016-17 school year.
You can read the stories on the two recently removed principals Here and Here.
My understanding of the rules is that teachers not selected by the two schools for next school year will join the ATR pool but will be assigned to one school fore the school year and will only switch schools if the Principal requested his or her removal. Expect most teachers who have 5 years or more experience in the two Renewal Schools to be excessed under the bogus 18D process.
The bottom line is that up to 150 teachers will be new additions to the ATR pool for the 2018-19 school year. I guess DOE's draining the pool is simply a pipe dream.