Attrition Has Reduced the NYC Teaching Force, While Student Enrollment Has Increased
While teacher layoffs proposed by Mayor Bloomberg have been avoided in negotiations with the NewYork City Council, the last three City budgets have significantly reduced the number of teachers in the
school system through “attrition” —
the avoidance of hiring new teachers to replace those who leavethe system
in order to save money.Since the 2008
2009 school year (labeled as Fiscal Year 2009 in this report), the number of New YorkCity teachers who have left the DOE has consistently been higher than the total number of teachershired. While teachers in some specialty areas are replaced, many general education teachers havenot been. For example, in 2011, 5,924 left the system, but only 3,198 new teachers were hired.
As a result, over the past four years there has been consistent decline in total teacher headcount,from 79,371 to 73,982
a decline of 5,810 teachers, or 7% of total teachers.During this same period, student enrollment in primary grades has grown by 2%.
The overalldecrease in teacher headcount coupled with higher enrollment has led to larger class size.
This report was prepared by Seth Ullman, Ellen McKay, and Michael Freedman-Schnapp.
Based on an analysis of data from New York City Independent Budget Office,
New York City Public School Indicators: Demographics,Resources, Outcomes
Annual Report 2011. Teacher headcounts are from November snapshots and therefore may differ from year-endtotals or budget-based figures.
Analysis of NYCDOE “School Demographics and Accountability Snapshot” data file.