More than 200 teachers at two long-struggling city high schools are being forced to reapply for their jobs in fresh bids to turn the schools around, city schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña said Thursday.
Over the next several months, 128 teachers at Flushing High School in Queens and another 96 teachers at DeWitt Clinton High School in the Bronx will have the option of reapplying for their current jobs or applying for other permanent positions at other city schools.
Those who do not apply for new permanent positions or do not find placements will be assigned to positions in other schools, Education Department officials said.
Fariña permitted Principal Pierre Orbe of DeWitt Clinton to retain his job, but she removed Flushing High School principal Tyee Chin from his post effective immediately.
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“Having a strong leader and the right team of teachers is essential to a successful school,” Fariña said. “This re-staffing process is the necessary next step in the work to turn around these schools.”
DeWitt Clinton and Flushing High School are both more than 100 years old and enroll more than 3,000 students combined.
Both schools have struggled with poor academic outcomes, safety issues and scandals in recent years.
Former DeWitt Clinton principal Santiago Taveras was removed from the job in November after an investigation found he changed grades on student transcripts. Taveras was replaced by the school’s current principal, Orbe.
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Ousted Flushing High School principal Chin was recently cleared in a grade-fixing probe after investigators flagged him for attempting to inflate graduation rates. He will take a new job in a superintendent’s office, Education Department officials said.
Chin didn’t respond to an email seeking comment.
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