Why Are Principals Leaving the City Schools?

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What is happening with the city's principals?

An analysis by the New York Post has found that in the last five years, the turnover rate of city school principals has been nearly 35 percent. Since 2006, 464 principals at 1,346 schools have left or been removed. And for some schools -- The Post says more than two dozen -- these leadership changes have happened multiple times.

Meanwhile: New York 1 reports that a Bronx teacher at P.S. 306 in Tremont was charged with sexually abusing a student and was arrested on Tuesday. The teacher, Tulsie Singh, who was removed from the school in January and fired in April, had been yanked from the school on similar charges several times before. The city's Department of Education did not say why he had been allowed to return to the school after those incidents.

And in national news: The House passed a bill on Tuesday supporting the expansion of charter schools. Should the Senate approve it, the law would replace the charter school provisions of the No Child Left Behind act.

For more New York City and national news, see GothamSchools' morning round-up.

Around town Wednesday:

At 9 a.m. this morning, Queens Councilman Eric Ulrich and several high school principals will announce the results of a Kaplan SAT prep course he helped pay for at six district high schools. That announcement will take place outside of Goddard High School in Ozone Park, Queens.

At 11 a.m., State Senator Velmanette Montgomery, State Senator Eric Adams, Assemblyman Hakeem Jeffries, Assemblywoman Annette Robinson, Councilwoman Letitia James, Councilman Albert Vann, and Provost Gale Haynes of Long Island University’s Brooklyn Campus are announcing the launch of the New York State Department of Education’s Smart Scholars Early College High school Initiative in Brooklyn. Financing from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation will allow four high schools in the borough to have partnerships with colleges so that their students will be able to earn high school diplomas and up to two years of college credits.

  • Boys & Girls High School with Long Island University
  • Medgar Evers Prep with Medgar Evers College
  • Pathways in Technology with NYC College of Technology
  • City Polytechnic High School with NYC College of Technology

Tonight at 6 p.m. the Panel for Educational Policy is holding its September meeting at the Michael J. Petrides High School in Staten Island. On the agenda: votes on community district budgets and on 11 contracts, as well as on revised chancellor's regulations that cover bullying, sexual harassment, and diversity and inclusion.

The Choice blog is continuing its Q. and A. with the former dean of Stanford, Swarthmore and Sarah Lawrence.

And based on Annie Murphy Paul's opinion article about the quality of homework, the Learning Network is asking students today: Does Your Homework Help You Learn?