Thursday, February 16, 2017
ATR Update, Rumors, Rumors, And More Rumors.
Since I broke the story about the rumor back in January that the ATR rotation may be coming to an end and that the new ATR DOE leader will start to place ATRs in vacancies, little has actually changed. In fact, even more rumors and disinformation are being spread about the ATRs. While I know no more than the rest of you, I do know that some of the rumors are downright wrong. Here is what I know and don't know about each rumor.
Rumor #1 - Rotation ends:
According to the UFT leadership and ATR Assignment the rotations will continue next month. Both claim that the ATRs are not being placed in one school to the end of the year, While Randy Asher did tell principals in a meeting that he was intending to eliminate the ATR rotation and place some ATRs permanently in vacancies, he was vague on how he was to achieve it.
Rumor #2: Forced placed in vacancies:
ATRs have been forced placed for years and nothing changes. The few vacancies that do exist after the outside the system January hiring are few and far between. Some schools hide vacancies or find excuses to keep the vacancies unfilled. How Mr. Asher's proposals will significantly affects the ATR hiring process remains unknown if at all.
Rumor #3: Double Observations:
I find it highly unlikely that a school administration will have the time or inclination to add to their paperwork by observing ATRs especially if the ATR is only there monthly or is not provisionally hired for a long-term leave replacement or vacancy. My understanding is that the field supervisors will continue to rate the ATRs in rotation not the schools.
Rumor #4 Danielson Rubric:
The ATRs are observed using Teaching for the 21st century and not Charlotte Dainelson. The union would have to reopen the contract to change the ATR evaluation system.
Rumor #5: ATR time limit:
While I don't trust the union on many levels one issue they have been rock steady on was no ATR time limit. An ATR can be in that status for the rest of their career. Can the union give up the ATRs in a future contract? Possibly, but the two unions that agreed to an ATR time limit, Chicago and Washington D.C. found themselves voted out of power and our union leadership knows that.
I do agree the union leadership should have sent out a mass email either debunking the rumors and informing the members what issues are being negotiated with the DOE concerning ATRs. This lack of transparency and secrecy has allowed the rumors to spread throughout the ATR community and is it any wonder that most every day there is a new rumor cropping up and the blame must be laid at the feet of our disconnected union leadership who continually fails to get input from the ATR community on issues affecting them.