Frustrated Ed School grads

The New York Times paints a grim picture.

Juliana Pankow, who just graduated from Teachers College at Columbia University, has sent out 40 résumés since January. A few Saturdays ago, she showed up at a Harlem school because she heard the principal would be there (she was invited back to teach a demonstration lesson, but it may be for naught since the city has a hiring freeze). Now, Ms. Pankow said she may have to move back in with her parents in Scarsdale, N.Y., and perhaps take up SAT tutoring.

“I can’t think of anything else I’d rather do,” said Ms. Pankow, 23, as she waited outside the Pelham principal’s office last week, one of 619 people applying for one English position. “Which is a problem, because I might have to do something else...”

At the University of Pennsylvania, most of the 90 new teachers who graduated last weekend are still jobless. Many had counted on offers from the Philadelphia public schools, but had their interviews canceled this month after the district announced a hiring freeze.


Our small program has an advantage in placing our grads: relationships with principals in high-performing charters around the nation. Plus, I hope, a good reputation as generating unusually well-prepared rookie teachers for the realities of the classroom. So far 17 of 22 of our folks have offers or have accepted them.