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Tuesday, October 31, 2017
When It Comes To Veteran Teachers And ATRs The DOE Only Has Tricks And No Treats.
The DOE has, over the years, implemented policies and practices that discriminate against veteran teachers and ATRs, who for the most part are veteran teachers. These DOE policies and practices that discriminate against veteran teachers are thinly camouflaged with names like "fair funding","mutual consent" and "open market". Below is a list of these DOE policies that discriminate against veteran teachers and are simply "tricks" to fool the public.
The DOE's Fair Student Funding formula hurts schools that hire or want to hire veteran teachers by imposing a financial penalty on the school. With already tight budgets that funds the schools at 90% of its fair funding. The Fair Student Funding formula is unfair and discriminates against veteran teachers.
The DOE encourages principals to hire "the cheapest and not the best " teachers for their school while claiming that they only want the best teachers for the students. The DOE just keeps tricking the parents and the students with their lies.
The DOE's Open Market System is only useful by relatively new and untenured teachers. Veteran teachers need not apply since the DOE policies and procedures make it difficult for schools to hire them..
The DOE's "Mutual Consent" is not mutual since ATRs are being "forced placed" at these schools without their consent.
The DOE encourages newspapers to write articles claiming ATRs are "bad teachers" rather than admit the truth that its about salary, seniority, institutional memory, and DOE policies that make the ATRs unwanted.
The DOE's tight school budget incentivizes principals to reduce teacher numbers and have class sizes at contractual limits which means that veteran teachers become attractive targets for removal.
The DOE needs to stop with the tricks and treat school staff with the respect and resources they truly deserve.