There are 1,200 unwanted teachers in the NYC Absent Teacher Reserve, costing more than $100 million annually.
According to a New York Daily News editorial, NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio and Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña are looking for ways to decrease the number of teachers in the reserve:
Mayor de Blasio seemed to indicate he would like to return many of the teachers to the classroom, saying, “if there were such a plan, it’s something I would approve.” Later, his press office said “the notion that we are going to force teachers on principals or schools is unequivocally false.”
The mayor must hold firm on that point. Otherwise, he would dump teachers of poor quality on unlucky students and schools , undermine the authority of principals to build their own staffs and give UFT President Michael Mulgrew an unwise and underserved benefit.