Wednesday, June 26, 2019
New York City Cannot Retain Teachers
City Controller Scott Stringer held a press conference that criticized the Department of Education for the low teacher retention rates in the New York City schools. According to Mr. Stringer 40% of all new teachers leave the New York City public schools within five years.
The Bronx had the lowest teacher retention rates with 21.5% leaving within a year in the 2017-18 school year.. he worst retention rate was District 12 in the Bronx with 26% of the teachers leaving after one year.
According to Scott Stringer, the problem is the DOE failed to provide appropriate support to new teachers. He believes that a teacher's first year should be a residency program while having a veteran teacher mentoring the teacher before being permanently hired the next year.
While I agree with Scott Stringer, it will still not solve the teacher retention problem and unless you improve the quality of school administrators, solve the many student discipline issues, and improve the classroom environment by respecting teachers, the retention problem will remain..