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Staffers at pair of struggling DOE schools will have to reapply for jobs

Staffers at two struggling city schools will have to reapply for their jobs next year in a drastic bid to turn the schools around, according to the Department of Education.

Teachers at DeWitt Clinton HS in The Bronx and Flushing HS in Queens who want to keep their gigs will have their fates decided by school-staffing committees as well as union and DOE reps.

Both DeWitt Clinton and Flushing are on Mayor de Blasio’s Renewal School list of chronically dismal institutions that face state intervention without marked improvement.

A total of 128 teachers, guidance counselors, social workers and paraprofessionals at Flushing HS will be affected by the decision. At DeWitt Clinton, the number is 98.

In addition to the staffing upheaval at the two schools, controversial Flushing principal Tyee Chin was removed on Thursday while DeWitt Clinton principal Pierre Orbe managed to keep his position.

Both schools have been dogged by teacher turnover, poor student performance and recurrent scandal.

Former DeWitt Clinton principal Santiago Taveras was dumped for grade-fixing just last year.

Controversy has trailed Chin during his time at Flushing. He was reprimanded by the DOE for ordering staffers to blindly praise their school in surveys to better its reputation.

“This re-staffing process is the necessary next step in the work to turnaround these schools,” schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña said in a statement.

Source: http://nypost.com/2017/10/20/staffers-at-pair-of-struggling-doe-schools-will-have-to-reapply-for-jobs/

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