NYC Teachers and Potential Layoffs

by NYC Firm Schools on January 31, 2010

The overall picture of Education in NYC Schools was laid out as bleak at the beginning of last year. Economic concerns, increases in Private School Tuition, more competition for Financial Aid, all of these items that factor into Firm Schools were coupled with the loss of thousands of Public School teachers and massive budget cuts in those public schools which had the complicated result in larger class sizes, less benefits and more difficult learning environments. Public School increasingly became a non-option and Private School was more difficult to gain admittance to and afford once admitted.

In the latest news, the outlook for Public Schools is even more dire, as potentially devastating cuts in budgets may include mass layoffs of Public School teachers. The NY Times reported on the NYC Teachers Union developments and how the budget cuts may affect them all.

Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg has said that if the city does not wring pay concessions from the teachers’ union and all of Gov. David A. Paterson’s proposed budget cuts are approved — a worst case — the city may have to get rid of 11,000 of its 79,000 teachers. Last year, about 3,800 were lost through attrition, mostly retirement, so if similar numbers are recorded this year, several thousand could receive pink slips.

“We’re going to have to make some personnel decisions because that is where the bulk of the money is.”

When teachers are let go, class sizes increase dramatically and individual ability to gain support and assistance becomes very difficult. The loss of teachers in any educational environment is devastating to the educational system as a whole.

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