On Aug. 11, 2016, the Daily News published an article criticizing Mayor Bill de Blasio for not going far enough in terminating "bad" educators.
In response, Adam Ross, the UFT's general counsel, commented:
The system's real problem is an inability to keep good teachers. Every year about 400 teachers leave the system for reasons associated with professional behavior — disciplinary action (pending or concluded), failure to achieve certification, probationary discontinuance, or similar issues. But every year nearly 2,000 teachers in good standing walk away from our schools for teaching jobs elsewhere or other careers. Their most common reason — lack of support from their supervisors and the system for the difficult job they do.