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December 8, 2016
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Teacher Layoffs Averted

By Lisa M. Collins

Many a teacher said this Spring that Mayor Mike Bloomberg’s threatened layoffs were just that–a threat. Some including The Carroll School’s PS 58 Principal Giselle McGee had told folks she wasn’t at all concerned about the threat.

And, seems these folks knew what they were talking about. The mayor and unions came to a deal, and no teachers will be laid off. The city does expect to lose about 2,600 through attrition, and teacher sabbaticals are getting slashed. Read more about three years of threatened cuts that didn’t happen at The Wall Street Journal.

The news of course comes as a major relief, especially to PS 58, which has doubled its student population since 2001, and has many young teachers. Bloomberg said when announcing the teacher deal that the “last in, first out,” policy, a union rule that requires youngest teachers to be fired first, because it protects teachers with seniority, played a role. The mayor said firing so many young teachers citywide would be “devastating” to schools.

The mayor had threatened 4,100 layoffs.

Of course, there was much hysteria about potential closure of senior centers and fire stations, which also did not happen. I foresee some cynicism setting in.

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