Tuesday, November 18, 2014
The Mutual Consent Provision Does Not Apply To ATRs.
One of the changes in the DOE hiring process was the "mutual consent" provision that our union unwisely allowed back in the infamous 2005 contract. The "mutual consent" provision allows principals to determine who to hire for their schools and can refuse any teacher sent by the DOE for any or no reason whatsoever. In other words the Principal must consent to have a teacher assigned to their school and can remove the provisionally appointed teacher whenever they want, be it one day or at the end of the school year.
However, when the it comes to the ATR rights, there's no consent as the ATR is "forced placed" against their wishes. What happened to "mutual consent" when it comes to the ATRs? If an ATR refuses a provisional appoinment or leave replacement they are assumed to have voluntarily resigned. No ATR consent is necessary nor is one required. You take it or else you lose your job.
Already the DOE tried to "force place:" me in a Middle School. Thankfully, since I am a licensed High School teacher the union was able to cite a violation of the contract to get the DOE to rescind the "forced placement". However, this very same school is setting up mandatory interviews and making high school teachers do demo lessons when these interviews are not mandatory! The union must be proactive and put a stop to this abuse at once.
If the Chancellor wants "mutual consent" then the consent must be mutual for both sides and ATRs should have the right to refuse an assignment if the fit is not right. That's only fair.