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DOE School Layoffs

Last night, the Department of Education released a list of teacher layoffs [warning – Excel file] by school, district and area of study. The lists don’t say which teachers will be impacted, but you could probably read between the lines and figure out if your kid’s teacher was on the line.

Overall, DOE is cutting the teacher rolls by 6%, but the pain is by no means evenly spread. District 14 schools (Williamsburg, Greenpoint, Bushwick and Bed-Stuy) will see an overall 7% cut; District 1 (Lower East Side and East Village, where a fair number local families send their kids) will see a 10% cut. District 31, which covers Staten Island, has the smallest number of layoffs in percentage terms – 3%. The layoffs are seniority-based, so schools and districts that have hired a lot of young, new teachers are particularly hard hit. Schools and districts with older, more senior faculty are hit far less, if at all. (And these are layoffs, not cuts – schools that lose teachers may be able to fill vacancies from the pool of senior teachers; schools that are not facing layoffs may lose senior teachers to schools that are heavily impacted by the layoffs.)

326 of 1,569 schools will see no cut at all, and another 162 will see a reduction of 2% or less (usually one or two teachers). That leaves about two-thirds of city schools shouldering about 95% of the layoffs. Here is a select list of local schools and their layoffs:

  • PS 17 – no layoffs
  • PS 31 – 5% (2 teachers)
  • PS 34 – no layoffs
  • PS 84 – 3% (1 teacher)
  • PS 132 – 10% (5 teachers)
  • El Puente Academy – 8% (1 teacher)
  • Automotive High – 7% (5 teachers)


And in the East Village:

  • East Village Community School – 10% (2 teachers)
  • Children’s Workshop – 17% (4 teachers)
  • The Neighborhood School – 4% (1 teacher)
  • The Earth School – 10% (2 teachers)
  • NEST +M – 20% (19 teachers across 12 grades)
  • Bard High School – 6% (2 teachers)

UPDATE: The Times has a good rundown on the layoffs, their impact and the bigger picture (including the politics of brinksmanship at play). This post was edited to make the distinction between cutbacks and layoffs a bit clearer.

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