Yesterday, Philissa reported that the Department of Education has granted exemptions to principals who made a compelling case that they had to hire someone outside of the teacher reserve pool.

But what are the hurdles principals have to clear in order to be found compelling enough?  A source sent over the step-by-step guide:

  • The DOE may grant additional individual exceptions to the hiring freeze, based upon unique circumstances in a school.
  • To make such a request, you must ensure that you have completed ALL of the following steps:
    • 1. Reviewed all of the resumes of candidates certified in the subject in question that applied to your school through the Open Market.
    • 2. Contact your Support Organization or your HR partner to obtain a list of active teachers in excess within the subject and borough area; reach out to those teachers to request resumes and consider any qualified candidates.
    • 3. If no candidate meets your requirements, identify a high-quality external candidate that you wish to hire; make a pending offer to that person and ensure that he/she will accept the position if the exception is granted.
  • Once you have completed all of these steps, you should contact the appropriate ISC director in order to request an exception. In that e-mail, please be sure to include the name/Galaxy ID of the intended hire along with the specific steps you have taken and number of internal candidates that you have interviewed for the position.