Teaching Profession Opinion

Teacher Salaries, ATRs, and Closing Schools: A Preview

By Eduwonkette — May 16, 2008 1 min read

I’ve got NYC’s school-level teacher salary data fired up, and will write a few posts using these data next week. Here’s a preview. New York City is slated to close 14 schools this year, though many will not close immediately, but will phase out over the coming years. Per the whole “Absent Teacher Reserve” (ATR) debate (here, here, here, and here), how many teachers are employed at these schools, and what are their average salaries?

These schools employ a total of 822 teachers, and a number of these schools have relatively high average salaries. Given current budgeting rules, through which schools are allocated dollars rather than positions, what’s the chance a principal will, all else equal, hire an excessed teacher from Franklin K. Lane who makes $80,000 when he can hire a teacher with 3 years experience for about $46,000? (See the teacher salary scale here.)

If you’ve got questions that you’d like to see answered using the teacher salary data, please leave me ideas below.

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