Thursday, May 01, 2008

DOE Attacks Teacher Tenure After Causing The ATR Mess

The DOE is at it again. First, they tried to use student test scores to determine tenure. Next, the non-educators at Tweed sent out instructions how principals could refuse tenure to their teachers. Now, they are going after teacher tenure by putting out feelers to set a time limit of 12 months for ATR's to get a classroom assignment or be fired.

The DOE used the head of the teaching fellows program called the new teacher project,which they fund, to complain to the newspapers how 81 million dollars are wasted on the ATR's. However, what the newspapers didn't bother to print was that the ATR problem was created by the Kleinberg administration when they stopped the age-old practice of placing excessed teachers in schools before hiring new teachers. In fact, the Kleinberg administration runs new teacher job fairs before the ATR job fairs to ensure that the ATR problem will continue. In addition, the DOE's "fair student funding" program encourages the principals to hire new teachers rather than highly paid veteran teachers because of budgetary reasons.

According to the newspapers the DOE wants to either reopen or add an addendum to the 2007 contract that will allow the DOE to fire ATR's who haven't found a classroom assignment within 12 months. Even Randi Weingarten will never go for this blatant attack on teacher tenure. I believe that a line in the sand has been drawn by the UFT and cannot be crossed and that line is teacher tenure.

nyc educator and an ICE article by James Eterno explains this issue in more detail and is a must read for people interested in the teacher tenure and the ATR issues. In summary, the UFT's response to the DOE's proposal about reopening the contract should be answered in three words "dead on arrival".


NYC Educator said...

The DOA tag is indeed the UFT's position. But I think both the city and the UFT are disingenuous. The city wants out of the agreement it signed, and the UFT whines that the city does what it likes. If either party didn't like the agreement, they shouldn't have approved it.

Socrates said...
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Anonymous said...

$80 million bogus computer test program sham or $81 million of teachers with families who, in these tough times, have been displaced through no fault of their own? Which should go? Hmm... If Soc says teachers with families, then the correct answer must be the opposite.

17 (really 15) more years said...

Soc- all the teachers in my building thought this couldn't happen to them- and now it's happening to at least 7 of them. So just remember- be careful what you wish for- because it could very well happen to you.

Socrates said...
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Chaz said...

It is interesting that the UFT anticipated this event and that many highly-paid veteran teachers would be dumped into the ATR program but chose to allow it anyway. Shame on them.


Please do not comment on my blog with your filthy anti-teacher tirades.

We all know you are not a teacher or even an educator. Your ignorance of the classroom teaching environment and the DOE education policy is evident and is no longer worthy of a response by any teacher in the classroom.

Setarcos said...
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NYC Educator said...

Off topic, but I've tagged you for a meme.

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