As most of you know, the UFT wisely let the terrible 2014 ATR Agreement, that made ATRs second class citizens, sunset into history. The 2014 ATR Agreement was for two years and could be renewed for the final two years of the contract. However, the DOE decided to abuse the 2014 ATR Agreement by making many rotating ATRs temporary provisional appointments in the hopes they could charge them under an expedited 3020-a, despite the fact they were not covering a class for long-term in their content specialty. After some fruitless discussions between the UFT and DOE, the union decided to let the 2014 ATR Agreement to sunset.
What provisions are no longer in force after the sunsetting of the 2014 ATR Agreement?
- No mandated interviews and no forced resignation for refusing to appear for an interview.
- No out of district placements, unless the ATR agrees to one.
- Principals are no longer required to release the ATR for interviews.
- No expedited 3020-a hearings for "unprofessional behavior".
- No forced resignation for missing the first two consecutive days at a new school.
- No different rules between ATRs excessed due to closing schools and those that won their discipline hearings when being placed..
- No ATR time limits.
- Length of rotation is monthly unless DOE decides otherwise.
- No mutual consent, the DOE will place the most senior ATR in the district in any vacancy and unless the Principal decides the ATR is "not a good fit" the ATR is stuck there for the duration of the placement.
- Teaching for the 21st century is used to evaluate rotating ATRs, not Danielson
- Only in-district placements allowed unless the ATR agrees to an out of district placement.
Finally, do not receive "a letter to the file" for any reason or take more than 10 days of sick time since the DOE has ordered the field supervisors to give a "U" rating for the year.
How did the ATR fiasco start? our union leadership helped the DOE create it starting with the terrible 2005 contract and you can read it here.