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    Filed at 12:31 am under by dcobranchi

    In a new Cato Policy Analysis, Raymond Keating examines New York City’s perpetual budget crisis. Among Keating’s suggested reforms—increase the amount of time g-school teachers spend in the classrooms:

    The share of teachers’ time spent on classroom instruction should be increased to reduce costs. One idea is to eliminate sabbaticals for teachers, principals, and supervisors. Currently, teachers with 14 years of service can take a one-year sabbatical at 70 percent pay and full benefits, while those with 7 to 14 years of service
    can take six-month sabbaticals at 60 percent pay. In 2001, 1,600 city teachers were on sabbaticals. That is excessive, especially given that teachers work only 180 days (36 full weeks) a year. Eliminating sabbaticals for teachers and administrators would save the city’s budget about $88 million annually.

    Another idea is to eliminate the teacher preparation period. New York City teachers work six hours and 40 minutes a day including the preparation period. Substituting teaching time for this period would allow for the elimination of about 10,300 positions and create annual savings of $764 million.

    The city is paying 1,600 teachers who aren’t actually teaching? I wonder where homeschooling parents can get a deal like that.

    3 Responses to “New York: The City That Never Stops Spending”

    Comment by
    Daryl Cobranchi
    August 18th, 2004
    at 7:52 am

    We’re the anti-union. We don’t get paid for teaching.

    Comment by
    August 18th, 2004
    at 8:52 am

    Actually, we do get paid – just not in cash.

    Comment by
    August 18th, 2004
    at 4:45 pm

    If NYC is anything like DE schools, the 180 days of “work” is misleading, since most teachers are expected to perform a number of inservice days, plus a variety of training courses that take time out of their summers.

    Sure, it’s probably only a few extra weeks a year, but the tone of “teachers work only 180 days” seems to show that the writer believes the teachers show up at 8am with the kids, leave at 2:15 with the kids, and don’t have any homework to do.

    The teachers I know work twice as hard as I do, and I’m at work about 250 days a year.