Do Not Apply – 1 – Bronx Aerospace
This blog has a new feature: a Do Not Apply list of NYC public schools. I will expand this list regularly.
Some schools are great. Some are good. Some are ok. Mediocre. Fair. Poor. All of this matters, but in some places the choice is not wide.
But there’s one category of school you need to know about: Career Enders.
New teachers, be careful not to end up in one of those places.
The Bronx Aerospace Academy HS is a career ender. It has one of the highest staff turnover rates in the city. It has sent teachers to the reassignment center (rubber room). There has been arbitrary discipline taken against staff. In one instance, an administrator collected lessons plans from teachers, and a bit later another came around asking for plans. Since the teachers had none, (already gave them up) they were disciplined. There are bad, arbitrary curricular decisions, and a great likelihood that they fake or ‘massage’ data to earn high marks from the City. There are more stories, and more stories, arbitrary dismissals, and tough stuff on kids. But I need people from Aerospace (or more likely formerly from Aerospace) to e-mail me at “this blog name” at gmail dot com. Any specific incidents you recall would be useful. And please, if anyone can fill in details linking the school to the suicide, please do.
I’ll be adding to this list, but you can help. If you know a school that is a career-ender, e-mail me at “this blog name” at gmail dot com. Explain how the school ends careers, and if possible, share some anecdotes. If you save even one new teacher from ending up at a hell hole, it will have been well worth it.