Hearing on Teacher Recruitment and Retention

There’s a growing teacher shortage across the United States, although it is impacting some states more than others.  This is the result of a nationwide trend that has seen the number of college students enrolled in education majors decrease by 35% in the past five years, as well as an increase in teachers leaving the profession.  To address the looming teacher shortage, the New York State Board of Regents approved a plan in July 2016 that would expand the pool of qualified educators in the State by dropping the requirement that certified out-of-state teachers and leaders with effective experience must take and pass state certification exams.  In recent years, DOE has introduced several initiatives to improve teacher recruitment and retention in New York City public schools.  This oversight hearing would examine the effectiveness of DOE’s teacher recruitment and retention efforts. 

We invite members of Community Education Councils, parents, students, educators, advocates, and all other stakeholders and interested members of the public to testify at this hearing.  Testimony will be limited to 2-3 minutes per person to allow as many as possible to testify.  Although the hearing starts at 1:00 p.m., the Administration (Department of Education), as well as other witnesses (such as elected officials) have been invited to testify and answer questions from Council Members at the outset, so we do not expect to hear from others until approximately 3:00 pm or later.  Please make sure you fill out a witness slip on the desk of the Sergeant-at-arms if you wish to testify.  If you plan to bring written testimony, please bring at least 20 copies.  If you are unable to attend the hearing and wish to submit written testimony, please email your testimony to [email protected].

For further information http://council.nyc.gov/html/action/calendar.shtml

January 19, 2017 at 1:00pm - 5pm
City Hall Chambers
250 Broadway
New York, NY 10007
United States
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