Dec 20, 2017
With teachers already under financial pressure, the NYC Ed Department’s recent decision to close 14 public schools only compounds their woes.
Following NYC Mayor De Blasio’s announcement on 18 December 2017 to shutter 14 struggling public schools this year alone, more than 400 city educators may soon find themselves on the chopping block.
The “devastating” news comes at the same time educators already face uncertainties in future federal school funding and the overhauled (and poorly understood by all) federal tax code just signed into law Wednesday.
As a result, cash-strapped teachers will not only need to reapply for their old jobs at new schools, but, like thousands of their colleagues, find reliable alternatives like private tutoring to generate a steady income.
The NYC Department of Education reassures affected educators that new schools will replace most of those slated for closure, with some closed schools being amalgamated. Those educators not immediately relocated will join the Absent Teacher Reserve, which hasn’t had the best track record recently.
Plans to shutter schools will force more than 400 New York City teachers to search for new jobs https://ny.chalkbeat.org/posts/ny/2017/12/19/plans-to-shutter-schools-will-force-more-than-400-new-york-city-teachers-to-search-for-new-jobs/