Education officials examine principal contracts in day three of hearings

Day three of the City Council Education Committee's hearings at City Hall looked at principal contracts.

According to the principals' union contract, principals can't be transferred to help failing schools unless they want to. But some question whether this leaves poor students even worse off. The Department of Education says it just does not have the money to reward those willing to take the challenge of going to failing schools.

But the principals' union disagreed with the Board of Education.

The meeting quickly turned into a fingerpointing match, leaving some council members wondering if these hearings are going to help the city's public schools. One council member said the problems are being identified but now it's time to start talking about solutions.

The only common ground the Department of Education and the principals' union found was that Bronx and city schools need more resources, staff and money.

Meanwhile, the City Council Education Committee chair says the purpose of the hearings is to make the general public aware of contract rules. The School's Chancellor will testify before the committee on November 17. The public will have its chance to speak out on November 20.

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