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Wednesday, May 08, 2013
Will The Union Require That The New Mayor Eliminate The ATR Crises As A Condition For Their Support?
It's getting to be "crunch time" as the likely winner of the Democratic primary will be the new Mayor and the endorsementt by the UFT may decide the winner. Therefore, what should the union demand from the endorsed Democratic candidate?
First, and foremost eliminate the ATR crises by requiring that all excessed teachers be placed in one school in their District. No longer should teachers go weekly to different schools and be treated like garbage from the school Administration. While the union will not publish the information, many senior and higher paid teachers are not even given a chance to interview for vacancies as age and salary discrimination runs throughout the New York City School system. The approximately 1,500 ATRS need to be placed and feel wanted. Going weekly to different schools is a waste of time and just dispirrits the ATRs. Bring back the old system that requires principals to hire excessed teachers before they can hire "newbie teachers" outside the Public Schools. This would be good for students who would have experienced teachers instructing them and not be made "guinea pigs" as the "newbies" learn how to teach.
Second, demand that the candidate agree to full "retroactive raises" that was part of the 2008-09 "City pattern". No back loading or "givebacks".
Third, eliminate the "fair student funding" fiasco that discriminates against senior teachers and restore the unit system. This will allow principals to hire the "best teachers" and not the "cheapest" teachers as many are doing now which is not what our students need or want.
Fourth, reduce class sizes to levels that are the State average and add teachers to reduce class sizes to more manageable levels, especially in the early grades.
Finally, allocate adequate resources to the classroom and eliminate the waste of money on unnecessary consultants and technology that strips over a billion dollars from the City Schools.
If the UFT does not require these promises from their endorsed candidate then our union will once again fail their members and that is not acceptable.