Friday, November 24, 2017
Chaz's Golden Turkey Award.
This year's golden turkey award winners are the UFT leadership who negotiated an inferior ATR buyout and bought into the fraudulent ATR placement that has resulted in little change from previous years. Another winner is the DOE who continues to shortchange schools by funding them at 90% of their fair funding and watches class sizes increase. Finally, we have the continuation of "Fair Student Funding" that forces principals to hire "the cheapest and not the best teachers" for their schools.
They, once again, negotiated an inferior ATR buyout and despite predictions of upwards of 300 ATRs taking the buyout, only 120 actually did and all of them were retiring anyway! Moreover, despite the union leadership buying into the DOE's new ATR policy, nothing has really changed as few ATRs have been permanently placed in vacancies. Further, the union leadership makes sure that the ATRs lack their own chapter and real representation. Finally, the union leadership continues to ignore member complaints and practices their undemocratic actions.
Department of Education:
The Bloomberg philosophy permeates throughout the DOE, To most teachers they are the enemy and the DOE's idea of collaboration is top down policies, without input from school staff. Further, the DOE has starved schools with a recession era budget while their own budget and headcount increase. Finally, despite the Mayor's promises to reduce class sizes, they have actually increased this school year.
Fair Student Funding:
Despite the negative effects of school based fair student funding, the Bloomberg managers have resisted eliminating it. The result is that schools are forced to hire "newbie" teachers rather than seasoned veterans. The result is that many struggling schools experience high teacher turnover and a steep learning curve for their new teachers. Not good for student learning.