Proposed Teacher Layoffs Hit Local Schools Hard

Some District 15 Schools may face steep cuts.

The Department of Education last night issued details of how proposed teacher layoffs could affect specific schools across the city. At some District 15 schools, the news is grim.

The proposed total cuts in District 15, which covers Carroll Gardens, Cobble Hill, Boerum Hill, Gowanus, Park Slope, Red Hook and Sunset Park, is 8 percent.

But some schools could see over 10 percent of their staff cut. could lose six teachers, or 17 percent of the staff and could lose eight teachers,or nine percent. P.S. 282, which is in District 13, could also lose eight teachers, or 14 percent.

But the layoffs are still up in the air. Mayor Bloomberg has said the cuts likely will have to be made because Governor Cuomo's proposed budget would not provide adequate funding for New York City schools.

Bloomberg wants to do away with the "last in, first out" policy, or "LIFO," which has been in place for decades. Whether or not these specific reforms will be made, which are based on factors like performance and disciplinary records rather than seniority, is currently being debated in the Legislature.

Jim DeVor, President of the Community Education Council, District 15 said the cuts could have a tremendous affect on school operations, adding that the LIFO policy often punishes schools that need assistance. 

"By and large the schools that need the most help will be most adversely affected, with certain exceptions," said DeVor.

Editor's Note: This article was updated to reflect that P.S. 282 is in District 13.

Petunia March 01, 2011 at 03:38 PM
while you're at it, please fix the spelling errors - it's "lose," not "loose."
Joyce Szuflita March 02, 2011 at 07:55 PM
I believe that these DOE numbers are teachers that could be laid off, not teachers that will be laid off. This is an excerpt from my blog about the lifo rules: "You would think that a merit system would be an ideal one. Teachers who are determined to be strong professionals can stay in a school no matter when they were hired. No brainer, right? This would be true if test scores were an accurate or equal measure of teacher efficacy. Consider the wide range of students taught in the schools (their native languages, their challenges, their advantages). The metrics can be overridden by principals. This would be good if all principals were stellar leaders, free from self interest, jealousy, budget concerns, or pressure from the DOE for statistical results. There are bad tenured teachers that need to go. There are also extraordinary long term teachers who are a principal's uncomfortable conscience and an expensive liability. Undoubtedly, if this passes, some problematic teachers will get the boot, but so will some of the most talented professionals." I want to add that we are so blessed in Park Slope to have many, many schools with the best principals and teachers - new and experienced - in the city, who are working together very effectively. Joyce Szuflita, NYC School Help
Kristen V. Brown March 02, 2011 at 08:02 PM
Hi Joyce, These are indeed only proposed layoffs. Nothing is set in stone here yet.


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