By Brooklyn Reader

March 13, 2014, 9:10 am


Michael Mulgrew, UFT President

Michael Mulgrew, UFT President

New York City’s Teachers Union President Michael Mulgrew warns, if the city fails to raise teachers’ salaries in the upcoming contract negotiations, there could be a major flight of educators to the suburbs for higher-paying jobs, reported The Post.

Mid-career teachers who have taught for between six and 11 years are leaving in increasingly large numbers— from 496 in 2008, to 907 in the 2012-2013 school year.

“We train teachers, then they go to the suburbs,” said Mulgrew of the mass exodus. “I am sick and tired of New York City acting like the farm system for the suburban areas around us.”

He added, of the more than 32,000 NYC public school teachers who left their jobs over the past 11 years, one out of eight left for higher-paying positions in suburbs.

One out of eight?

It sounds like the majority (the other seven out of eight) had issues tied to something other than salary.

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