The New York City Department of Education needs immediate systemic changes and that includes, Leadership, Teachers, Paras, Cafeteria Workers, School Safety, Curriculum, Building Structure, etc.
There needs to be a culture of service, professionalism, and advancement for those who earn it, and tiered training.
Until the above becomes a true agenda and a reality, then change will never come.
The attitude of taking the next generation to the level it requires needs attention to all of the above in detail.
Train Principals on how they can enrich the school community, run the funding properly, and really know about the job duties/responsibilities of their Staff. Do not hire friends/cliques. Refresh Staff Skills periodically. Talk to Staff to find out their challenges. Create a caring and welcoming environment for all!
Return technical subjects such as Home Economics or Family and consumer science. Also subjects like Accounting and electrical engineering and sociology. Teachers,tenured and untenured ,should have protection against abusive administrators. More school psychologists are needed.
To have better salary and help people to advance went they have the ability and knowledge to do better. We pay so much to live special in NYC but with poor salaries with can afford. Most people who work for the DOE live in more poverty them other people who have others jobs. For example; school Aide, lunch Aide and paraprofessional are makin lest money then people who work in BJ or Macdonald. If we are working with children’s we should be more recognized to do better without the stress the we don’t have enough to pay the bills . We are parents and we need to provide to our families too.
I think if you let people advance who are already within the system. Also it shouldn’t be so hard to be rehired if you weren’t fired. I also think they should not let the principals have full control of who get hired. They tend to hire friends and family.
Provide funds and materials for teachers to teach properly.
Stay up on union rights pension and tda
Pay paraprofessional their worth especially if they have a bachelor degree and have over 5 years experience and a teacher assistant certification. In fair we get paid unjustly stop grandfathing the ones who been sucking the system dry for over 20 years not doing anything or trying to get a certification as a para
Bring home economics classes, religion/spirituality class, increase the pay for teachers, school supply increase for teachers, and have meetings that can strengthen faculty of all depts and discuss the areas that need to improve.
Remove abusive principals from buildings immediately.