Struggling New Teachers Pose Dilemma for Schools
Each year, typically not long after the winter break, principals decide which teachers they want to cut loose and then school boards vote on the recommendations, rarely second-guessing school administrators. In February, the San Francisco school board voted on the fate of 41 teachers, approving the recommendations to non-reelect. The list included Ritter’s four teachers as well as nine special education teachers — among the hardest positions to fill. Yet a few months later, district officials were still scrambling to fill dozens of teacher openings, including special education positions. On the first day of school, they were 38 teachers short.