I can only laugh when I read how the DOE is telling the media that they are encouraging principals to hire veteran ATRs when the truth is so very different. The only thing the DOE is trying to do is to terminate the ATRs by allowing field
Every ATR that has been sent to my school this year have been over 50 years of age, have 15 or more years of experience, and came from a closing school. Many of these ATRs are excellent teachers but because of their age and salary, they can only obtain a temporary provisional assignment at best. This is a blatant case of discrimination and yet our union leadership has closed their collective eyes to this practice.
If the union leadership actually cared about the ATRs they would demand from the DOE the right for ATRs to choose from the various vacancies in the district before principals are allowed to hire anybody else. To protect lower seniority teachers, the DOE can allow a school an extra teaching unit in that subject area for any ATR selected by the school. Instead our disconnected union leadership agreed with the DOE and made the ATR a second class citizen.
I truly believe that the DOE is practicing age discrimination and the union leadership has silently allowed it to happen. Shame on both of them.