Friday, August 13, 2010
Are Principals Hiding Vacancies? It Certainly Appears So.
I have spoken to many ATRs and have myself gone on the Open Market Transfer System (OMTS) and was appalled by the lack of positions, especially in shortage areas. What made me suspicious was that I have a friend who is a Chapter Leader and the Principal came to him about a hard-to-fill vacancy. I looked on the OMTS and it was not listed! Now I read where Principal Ramon Gonzales of MS 223 in the South Bronx has hired four "newbie teachers", once the hiring freeze was lifted, claiming that the 40 ATRs (yes, 40) he interviewed did not meet his exacting standards (young, cheap, and untenured). How many other principals are doing the same? Now I hear many Brooklyn principals have quietly started to offer positions that appeared to be hidden during the OMTS. If true? Why didn't the union or Tweed put a stop to it?
It is just a matter of time before the citywide hiring freeze will be lifted and I will not be surprised to see many new vacancies appearing that were not available during the OMTS period and are only for "newbie teachers". Somebody (our union?) should be doing an in depth investigation on how the teacher vacancies were advertised and who filled them. I am sure the investigation will find a pattern on who was hired if they look hard enough.
The post by my fellow blogger "Accountable Talk" is a must read and further explains what may happen to the ATRs in the future. While I am more optimistic then Mr. Talk, I can't say his scenario is not possible, if unlikely. Just the fact it could happen is more about our lack of union leadership and activism and less about Tweed when it comes to the ATRs. We all know what Tweed wants but do we know what our union leadership really wants when it comes to the members?