Wednesday, November 29, 2017
Principals Win On ATR Placements.
According to my sources, the DOE;s ATR placement policy has not significantly changed the amount of ATRs permanently leaving the ATR pool, when compared to previous years. While the DOE's ATR buyout removed 120 ATRs from the pool. These ATRs were retiring anyway! The retiring ATRs were quickly replaced by the DOE's aggressive persecution of veteran teachers who were subject to 3020-a hearings and few were returned to their school after their completion. Moreover, as some schools downsized or closed altogether, fresh blood is added to the ATR pool. Finally, with Fair Student Funding, few, if any, veteran teachers are offered permanent positions due to their salary, age, and institutional memory.
Almost all the ATRs I know are either rotating or given a provisional position. Of the approximately 100 or so ATRs I know, only 2 were offered a permanent position and they are both doubly certified in Special Education and ESL. A severe shortage area. I suspect that is the case citywide,
It certainly appears to me that the DOE's ATR placement policy is a failure and has not significantly reduced the ATR pool, once you include the provisional placements who will all be back into the ATR pool at the end of the school year, Add the teachers from Flushing and De Witt Clinton high schools at the end of the year and it does not bode well for a reduction in the ATR pool next year.
Will the DOE approve another ATR buyout and sweeten the pot by offering a year's salary and pension credit? Who knows but if they don't change the existing DOE policy on teacher hiring and eliminate fair student funding, that's the only way to permanently reduce the ATR pool.
Obviously, the DOE's ATR placement policy is a failure and a win for the principals who want to retain their vacancies for the next group of "newbies".