Vitti wrote talking about our increased graduation rates. Likewise, this was cited
by the Times Union’s editors when they were urging the board to keep the Superintendent
last fall. Neither piece however noted that graduation rates are up nearly everywhere
across the country.
rising graduation rates but I believe they only tell part of the story.
about fifteen percent of our teachers, fifty-one percent of our teachers are
considered chronically absent and we currently have ten pages of openings. To give you
some scale the Palm Beach school’s system which is twice our size only has three pages of openings. These are all signs of a district in big trouble.
Teach for America teachers annually. If
you didn’t know it, Teach for America takes non-education majors, puts the
through a six week course and then into our classrooms, where most stay two
years or less. As a bonus the program is very expensive as well.
is marginalized and overworked teachers, fewer and fewer wanting to make
education a career and a constant churn of the staff. If we are going to give
Vitti credit for the increased graduation rates, we must give him credit for
those things as well.
school district if those in charge don’t treat teachers like the professionals
that they are.
To see the job openings for Duval, open the link
Then scroll down to current vacancies and open the excel sheet
To see the openings for Palm Beach, click the link
The district asked me to put this up, I have not verified it.
- According to DCPS, only .3% currently separates Duval County Public Schools and Palm Beach County School District in terms of teacher vacancies as a percentage of total number of teachers. Vacancies Since Winter Break: Duval County Public Schools – 1.3% and Palm Beach County School District – 1.1%.