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English class at Frederick Douglass Academy in Queens hasn't had a regular teacher in three months

Reader Comment: Meanwhile, there are over a thousand experienced educators (ATRs) serving as substitute teachers and looking for permanent positions. They are in limbo being shuffled from school to school each week. We can expect more veteran teachers to become ATRs as schools are systematically closed as "failing" despite huge numbers of special ed and ELL kids pushed onto to remaining comprehensive high schools bringing test scores down. And thanks to Bloomie's budget cuts, it's cheaper to have ATR's paid for by Tweed than paying out of a school's budget. What a disgrace!

Chaz's School Daze blog lists these other examples of principals refusing to hire qualified teachers:

  • Flushing High School Principal hires a day-to-day substitute who is not certified in Earth Science to teach five Regents classes.

  • August Martin High school fails to hire a Social Studies Teacher for their vacancy.

  • Long Island City High School refuses to fill many vacancies. Here, here, and here.

  • Fredrick Douglas Academy VI in Far Rockaway does not hire an English teacher.

  • Metropolitan High School ignores student complaints about not hiring a Chemistry teacher and apparently uses a Special Education teacher to teach Physics.

  • Apparently the Principal at Queens High School of Teaching tries to hire a "newbie" Earth Science teacher by using Craig's list
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    Where is the union?

    By Ben Chapman

    Seniors at a struggling Queens high school have gone the first three months of the school year with no English teacher, the Daily News has learned.

    About 75 students at Frederick Douglass Academy VI in Far Rockaway have been warehoused in a bunk class with a different substitute each week and no coherent lesson plan, they say.

    For weeks, students begged administrators at the C-rated school for a steady instructor, but their request was denied â until Friday, when they protested and refused to go to class until their demands were met.

    âWe deserve to have a proper English teacher, not just a bunch of subs,â said senior Dominique Boatwright, 17, of Far Rockaway.

    Dominique said that instead of getting a coherent English class, she and her classmates have spent 45 minutes each day aimlessly clicking around an âiLearnâ web site with little direction.

    When Dominique had a question about an essay assignment, a sub told her to try Google, she said. Instead of getting a letter grade for the first of the class, she received only a âPâ for pass.

    Parents arenât satisfied with that level of instruction either, said Dominiqueâs mom, Shay Hollis, a retail worker.

    âItâs terrible that our kids are sitting in class without a real teacher â theyâre not getting what they need,â said Hollis, who called 311 to complain about the situation twice last week but got nowhere.

    Education officials said that the school â where 27% of students graduated ready for college last year â is part of a citywide online learning initiative called the iZone.

    Computer-based classes are a key component of the iZone program, which is used by more than 160 schools around the city.

    But students said that they still need a teacher whoâs familiar with the course work, even if theyâre using computers to deliver instruction.

    The fedup teens decided to take matters into their own hands and stage a protest outside the school on Friday morning to demand a teacher for their English classes.

    Senior class president Shamia Heyliger of Far Rockaway organized the rally, which began at 7 a.m., before classes were scheduled to begin.

    âWe needed to get the message across that we need a teacher,â said Heyliger, who has a 93 average and wants to be a lawyer.

    The spunky teen used Facebook to spread word about the rally, and about 40 kids turned out before class for the protest.

    Kids held signs reading, âWe need teachersâ and some banged on pots and pans while Heyliger led them in a chant of âNo teachers, no students!â

    After about an hour, school administrators met with a delegation of students and agreed to hire an English teacher to serve the students who donât have one.

    The schoolâs principal didnât respond to multiple requests for comment on this story, but Education Department officials said that administrators will begin interviewing candidates for the position on Monday.

    Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/english-class-frederick-douglass-academy-queens-a-regular-teacher-months-article-1.980188#ixzz1eM93sC9t

    — Ben Chapman
    New York Daily News





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