Over the last two weeks there has been a media frenzy about the City considering hiring ATRs to fill vacancies after October 15th. The articles range from calling ATRs "unwanted" to "bad" teachers. Not one article brings out the real culprit for the ATR pool. the DOE policy called "Fair Student Funding" that discriminates hiring of veteran teachers.
The media has gone out of their way to quote many education deformer groups and a parent who supports them but somehow can't seen to interview an ATR to get their side of the story. This includes the education deformer and pro charter school online newspaper Chalkbeat. According to Chalkbeat they claim that they cannot get answers to questions that would put statistics to the questions they want answered like:
- How many ATRs were subject to discipline?
- How many years of experience do the average ATR has?
- What schools did ATRs last have a long-term or provisional appointment?
- How many years has the ATR been in the pool?
- What areas are the ATRs certified in?
Maybe, Chalkbeat should have asked these questions about the ATR pool instead.
- What is the average age and salary of the ATR pool?
- What is the average years of experience of teachers who transferred by the Open Market Transfer System? What are the percentages?
- What is the the actual number in the ATR pool as of the start of the school year?
- Why does the DOE keep two lists of ATRs?
- When will the DOE eliminate the "fair student funding" that incentivizes principals to hire "the cheapest and not the best teachers" for their school?
update: ATR Life in Limbo spoke to Chalkbeat on Tuesday for an hour and set the reporter straight. Let's see if Chalkbeat writes an article and without the anti-ATR spin.