“It’s Not Sustainable”: NYC Public School Administrators, Teachers Struggle With Staffing Shortages

“It’s Not Sustainable”: NYC Public School Administrators, Teachers Struggle With Staffing Shortages

Faced with high absentee rates among students and teachers, principals at public schools across New York City are scrambling to staff classes and keep their doors open.

Depending on who you ask, the result is barely controlled chaos, or an exercise in creative problem solving during a crisis. Mark Cannizzaro, president of the Council of School Supervisors and Administrators, suggested it’s both.

“Everyone is making it work whatever way they can, fixing things on the fly,” he said in an interview Wednesday. “It’s amazing to see people stepping up. But it’s still not ideal, academically or for safety. It’s just where we are.”

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