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New York City Department of Education Special Education Teacher Reviews

Updated Jan 4, 2020

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New York City Department of Education Chancellor 	Carmen Farina (no image)
Carmen Farina
36 Ratings
  1. "Former teacher current mother"

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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Special Education Teacher in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at New York City Department of Education full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Children are the reason for everything

    Cons

    Red tape is too thick at times.

    Advice to Management

    Cut the red tape Help the children

    New York City Department of Education2019-12-18
  2. "Special Education"

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    Former Employee - Special Education Teacher 

    I worked at New York City Department of Education full-time

    Pros

    Benefits are great and Summer off

    Cons

    Some admins can be harsh and overrated.

    New York City Department of Education2020-01-04
  3. Helpful (1)

    "GREAT CAREER FOR A SELF-STARTER WHO LOVES LEARNING ... IN THE GREATEST CITY IN THE WORLD!"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    Current Employee - Special Education Teacher in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at New York City Department of Education full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    - Employees work in diverse workplace environments that promote positive relationships inside and outside of schools. - Unionized employees are well-respected. MOST supervisors and administrators make accommodations for employees according to local laws, contractual obligations, etc. For example: - Employees are allowed up to 3 hours of time (without loss of pay) to vote on Election Day - Employees are allowed up to 3 hours of time (without loss of pay) to donate blood annually - Employees are allowed up to 4 hours of time (without loss of pay) to attend a breast cancer or prostrate screening annually *If any/all of the above requests are made in advance and in writing to your principal, the request(s) will be granted if it is determined that the employee's absence will not be a major disruption to the school.* - Employees, especially new teachers, have access to ongoing professional development training: Professional development opportunities can be sought out online (via the internal system for employees); employees may seek to request to attend DOE-sponsored sessions by registering to attend and then requesting written permission from their supervisor/administrator. NOTE: Attendance at such workshops is pending approval by supervisors/administrators. - Teachers intermittently have opportunities to attend PAID professional development workshops (paid at the "per-session" rate of $50+/hour). For example, in 2019, teachers who attended the city's "Implicit Bias" training course, offered via the Office of Equity and Access, were paid a per-session pay rate to compensate them for their attendance. - Teachers have the ability to register for an OPTIONAL Tax Deferred Annuity Plan, which is a great option for those wishing to save MORE for retirement. Note: This program is optional and IN ADDITION TO the regular Teacher's Retirement Plan. - Tuition reimbursement is available for some employees. (Do your research; the funding availability and commitment needed in exchange for receiving this benefit seems to change on a yearly basis.) - According to the DOE website, applicants receive salary credit for "prior related non-teaching experience." Note: "Qualifying non-teaching experience" can include work performed in military service. - AS A TEACHER, YOU HAVE A DIRECT ABILITY TO SERVE AS A POSITIVE ROLE MODEL IN A COMMUNITY; YOU HAVE THE ABILITY AND INFLUENCE TO CHANGE STUDENTS' AND FAMILIES' LIVES IN A POSITIVE MANNER! ....AND THE LIST OF "PROS" GOES ON AND ON!

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    Cons

    - Lack of resources, especially in certain boroughs and in low-income areas can be quite frustrating. (Teachers, especially new teachers, should mentally prepare to spend over $1,000+ year out of their own pocket to fund their classrooms.) FRIENDLY ADVICE: Start joining private sector office supply store rewards programs and putting your name on office supply companies' mailing lists so that you can save $ -- since you'll be spending a lot of it out of your OWN pocket! Reimbursements for teachers is only $250/year for classroom supplies purchases!) - Decision-making for curriculum and classroom materials is often made at the supervisory level; teachers are given very little opportunity to provide input into budgetary decisions. Therefore, teachers are sometimes provided with an excess of unneeded or inappropriate furniture, curriculum materials, textbooks, workbooks, or general supplies. - Passionate teachers are more often finding the need to spend their free time (over holiday breaks and over weekends) attempting to secure additional supplies via private funding sources (e.g. DonorsChoose, et. al. similar websites). Again, teachers are only provided $250 in reimbursement(s) for their classroom purchases. Many classrooms have over 30 students in each classroom, so $250 is not enough to cover the costs related to educating all of our students in the way that we feel is the BEST way possible! - Low availability of social workers, counselor, and school psychologists to support teaching staff. Unfortunately, school psychologists who are available in schools appear to be spending too much time on state and federal requirements, including paperwork, which is taking away time from their ability to provide mental health services directly to students.

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    Advice to Management

    - The DOE should cut ties with any bus companies who have track records of having multiple OPT complaints filed against them for: CONSISTENTLY arriving late to school buildings for drop-offs or pick-ups, failing to have functioning vehicles, failing to provide the appropriate staffing and supervision on busses and then arrive expecting to take children home despite inadequate staffing, etc. Teachers who stay to supervise students who remain at school unsupervised (as a result of transportation issues) must be compensated for their time. Management should not expect employees to work beyond the contractual work hours on a voluntary basis. Bus companies should be fined for not upholding their contractual expectations and the money accrued from the fines should be used to compensate employees who stay at school to supervise students (as a result of transportation system failures). - Provide teachers with home access to software programs that are needed as part of their planning so that they are not forced to stay in classrooms (to access computers that house the expensive programs) for long hours to create plans and/or classroom materials for students with disabilities. Expecting teachers to purchase specialty software programs (for home use) that cost well beyond the annual $250 in reimbursement for classroom supplies that is typically allotted is simply unacceptable. - Elminate the SHOPDOE website and allow schools flexibility to purchase their own furniture, electronics, supplies from the private sector; simply allow administrators and teachers to be reimbursed for such purchases rather than forcing them to only select from products provided by DOE contracted vendors (often OVERPRICED). Note: ShopDOE is a purchasing planning portal that allows users (including non-public schools) to browse a catalog of products and services offered by DOE contracted vendors. - Fund, recruit, and hire additional social workers, counselors, and school psychologists; there is an URGENT need for these staffmembers to support the current population of students in the city schools. - Increase the annual reimbursement stipend provided to employees.

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    New York City Department of Education2019-11-30
  4. "Classic Bureaucracy"

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    Current Employee - Special Education Teacher 

    I have been working at New York City Department of Education full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    - Efforts to innovate and support teachers

    Cons

    - Wide variance across schools

    New York City Department of Education2019-11-14
  5. "Prepare to be asked to do everything"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Special Education Teacher in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at New York City Department of Education full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Decent pay, the kids are great

    Cons

    Schools are under-funded and administration is inexperienced

    Advice to Management

    Don't even know where to start

    New York City Department of Education2019-11-25
  6. "Unrealistic Expectations"

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    Current Employee - Special Education Teacher 

    I have been working at New York City Department of Education full-time

    Pros

    Great Union and benefits. Helpful staff and admin.

    Cons

    Stressful, budget for schools is low

    New York City Department of Education2019-11-01
  7. "DOE"

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    Current Employee - Special Education Teacher in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at New York City Department of Education full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    District 75 PDs are good but you have to sign up early.

    Cons

    Often unorganized and the online systems are difficult to manage. Always feel you have to fight for your benefits.

    Advice to Management

    Make the online systems under one platform and easier to manage.

    New York City Department of Education2019-11-10
  8. "All depends on location and leadership"

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    Former Employee - Special Education Teacher in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at New York City Department of Education full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Great benefits, clear pay schedule, collective bargaining, opportunities for professional development

    Cons

    Massive system and your experience will be wholly dependent on your site and leadership

    New York City Department of Education2019-10-22
  9. "Staten Island teacher"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Special Education Teacher in Staten Island, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at New York City Department of Education full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Great benefits and fair pay. Great time off. Rewarding

    Cons

    Constant changes from district. Very demanding. Stressful

    New York City Department of Education2019-09-11
  10. "Great Job"

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    Current Employee - Special Education Teacher in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at New York City Department of Education full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Good money for a 22-27 year old

    Cons

    Could be long hours Administration might not be the best always

    New York City Department of Education2019-08-24
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