Success Academy, the high-achieving charter school network, told employees this week that it would shorten its school day next year, altering a feature that has distinguished the network from New York City’s regular public schools but has also made it hard to retain teachers.The school day for most students at Success’ elementary schools will go from lasting eight hours 45 minutes to eight hours, with students being dismissed at 3:45 p.m. instead of at 4:30, according to an email from Success’ founder, Eva S. Moskowitz, that was sent to employees on Tuesday....In the email, Ms. Moskowitz said the change, which was reported by Politico New York on Tuesday, was meant to address the concerns of teachers and families.“We have found that the length of our current school day is difficult for both scholars and teachers, and it doesn’t leave enough time for clubs, sports programs, and the tutoring and extra support that some scholars need,” Ms. Moskowitz wrote. “It is also challenging for staff to find enough personal time to recharge and be at their professional best.”“This schedule change will allow for more personal time on workdays,” she continued, “and we hope it will allow everyone to find the balance that will best serve our scholars, families, and faculty!”
Gee, you mean the 6:30 AM-6:30 PM workday for teachers, along with the "Homework Help" phone hours until 10:00 PM, was hurting their staff recruitment and retainment efforts?
I can't imagine why.
Go on Idealist and look at all the charter ads for teachers - especially for Success Academies.
They never stop running recruitment ads.
And no wonder - the turnover never stops at their schools.
It will be interesting to see what happens to their test scores and student attrition next year with the schedule changes.
I would imagine they'll keep the same grueling test prep schedule for the kids, but now it will be shoved into the shorter school day.
That means other stuff - like their vaunted chess matches - will have to make way for the test prep.
That should be a great sell to parents:
Well, we have shorter days, but the test prep schedule is the same, so we got rid of lunch and afterschool chess.
Don't steal possible.