On. Dec. 18, 2017, the Department of Education announced that it would close or consolidate a number of schools. The process for selecting new staff members at schools replacing the closed schools dictates that at least 50 percent of the total positions at the new school in each title must go to those from the impacted school who apply, are found to be in accordance with the selection criteria and are most senior.
UFT President Michael Mulgrew issued the following statement:
No matter how serious the challenges, if the leadership of a school is good, teachers will stay. If it isn’t, they leave. The schools on this list are generally characterized by high staff turnover, averaging nearly 60 percent over four years and as high as 83 percent. The first challenge the DOE will face in the schools that replace the closing operations is finding ways to attract and retain teachers.