Monday, September 26, 2016

The ATR Field Assassins Are Coming!




























A new start of the school year and very little has changed.  Only a handful of ineffective or vindictive  principals have been removed, the punitive Charlotte Danielson rubric is still in force, "junk science" is still used to evaluate teachers, and fair student funding continues. In other words the Bloomberg education policies remain largely undisturbed under Mayor Bill de Blasio. While the terrible 2014 ATR agreement sunsetted, there are still over a thousand ATRs without a classroom (1,162) and the field supervisors are coming to "U" rate them if they can.

 The field supervisors (assassins) are now introducing themselves to the ATRs in rotation and they will tell you that they are there to assist you in improving your teaching and getting a permanent position.   Unfortunately,  the field assassins are not telling the ATRs the truth.  The field assassins are there to thin the ATR herd.  Their job is to “U” rate as many ATRs that they can and force the ATRs to either resign or retire rather than face 3020-a termination charges.  In fact, the section dealing with field assassins responsibilities were changed from supporting the ATR‘s pedagogy to recommending to the Superintendent 3020-a termination charges.


According to one informal source 120 ATRs were charged under section 3020-a in the last year, mainly by field assassins “U” rating them.  How accurate the number is I don’t know but certainly even one ATR who was terminated, based on a field supervisor recommendation is one too many. While the union did the right thing and allowed the terrible 2014 ATR agreement to sunset, due to an overzealous DOE prosecution of the ATRs, the union needs to go much further and challenge the DOE’s use of field supervisions at PERB or by filing a lawsuit.  How unfair is it to observe a teacher in a classroom of strangers, with no ownership of their grades, and no idea how much rigor to put into a lesson since the ATR has no idea of the students’ academic ability?  Yet our disconnected union leadership ignores the issue and allows the DOE to run roughshod over the hapless ATR.

My advice to the ATRs in rotation when the field assassin shows up with a smiling face and promises to assist you in getting a permanent position, remember the saying “Beware of the Greeks bearing gifts”.  In this case the gift can be termination.

Finally, in the last DOE/UFT ATR committee there was no consensus on changing the ATR agreement.  Therefore, the 2011 ATR agreement is now in force, except it will be a monthly and not weekly rotation..




21 comments:

Anonymous said...

This is not what Amy Arundel told us last year. She said that ATRs are only being rated unsatisfactory for time and attendance. Shouldn't she be giving her dog and pony show soon? Why is there such a disconnect between what the UFT says and reality? If cornered it's an urban myth or you're lucky to have a job. Hey I pay dues just like all the other poor schmucks that belong to the UFT. Shouldn't we have some rights? At least Arundel should tell us the truth and stop treating us brain damaged zombies.

Anonymous said...

Dwarka! Dwarka! Dwarka! You evil rag.

A trusted insider.

Anonymous said...

I love being an ATR AP.I get paid 120k to make sure kids are quiet between periods. Oh baby.....this is sweeeeeeeeeeet!!!

Anonymous said...

Yes, for ATR AP supervisors it's better to be a hammer than a nail.

Anonymous said...

You're not an ATR AP, get a life. The joke is played out.

Anonymous said...

Dwarka Dwarka is a laughing stock to the higher ups. They know she's a twit, but love how sick she is mentally. She is one sad lady. No surprise that she's all alone an her husband left her. The pebbles on the street are more valuable than that $kank!

Anonymous said...

Hey Dwarka.....what ever happened to that missing $180,000 from your school?

How can you live with yourself?

Anonymous said...

Namita Dwarka from Bryant HS may be a twit, but she's very good at destroying careers.

kab said...

Your posts are always interesting and informative. Great job. But as a former English teacher who remembers you from Jamaica HS, I must correct one small error. The expression you meant to write is "run roughshod" not rough shot.
I see too many mistakes in published materials, including the New York Times.
Thank you.

Anonymous said...

7:49

The lonely troll got exposed on the last Chaz post pretending to be a teacher (who did not work summers and did work summers at the same time LOL). Now he is a pretend AP ATR. Still in mom's basement of course.

Chaz said...

Kab

Thanks for the correction.

Anonymous said...

Stark, Mendez, Quail and others are hungry for old blood.

Anonymous said...

what boroughs are mendez and quail from?

Francesco Portelos said...

Make sure to check our Field Supervisor section at www.atralliance.org/fs. There you can read and post about Field Supervisors.

Anonymous said...


Justin Stark is such a miserable piece of pig shit. Hey Justin, were your parents first cousins?

Thanks UFT!

Anonymous said...

She is above the law, she will probably be chancellor.

Anonymous said...

UFT thinks that the field supervisors are doing a good job by getting rid of teachers.

Anonymous said...

She is a princess, and she is a godess.

Anonymous said...

Be aware of field supervisors thirsty of old blood, and willing to use amy little reason to rate am ATR U.

Anonymous said...

Thanks, Chaz for your post. Without it we ATRs get no real information

Anonymous said...

Amy Arundel is in cahoots with the DOE to get rid of teachers.