Though the school year has started, 24 New York City schools as still left reeling from the mandatory staffing changes as per the “turnaround program.”
Teachers in John Dewey High School won a victory when an arbitrator decided that the name would not be changed and most teacher’s would be given the opportunity to come back if they wanted to. This, of course, came with a price. Many teachers, fearing their jobs were in danger, had already agreed to take contracts with other schools.
Principals, who normally prep their schools well in advance even had concerns as to how to refer to their schools, whether to use the original names or the newer ones, according to Gotham Schools.
And now since the year has begun, it was hoped that the schools had worked out their staffing and other administrative issues.
According to a staffer at John Dewey High School, this is not the case and life there is hell.
Ironically, life is hell at John Dewey High School in Brooklyn, where the aftermath of “winning” the arbitration has resulted in our name remaining, but all else in the planned “takeover” – I mean “turnaround”- goes ahead full throttle: locks to the entrances have been changed, our teacher lounges are to be closed, we are told we will be observed 10 times this year , and we are to work, work, work…while 30 teachers were excessed, and newbies brought in, the slashin and burnin continues unabated…
Students, parents and staff let us know how things are panning out after the reversal of the proposed name change, the deferment of the turnaround program and whether or not life really is hell at John Dewey?