Thursday, December 07, 2017
DOE's ATR Placement Policy Is A Failure - Part 2.
Last month I wrote a post that suggested that the DOE's ATR placement policy was a failure, which was based upon anecdotal evidence. Now Charkbeat has published data, supplied by the DOE that confirms my previous post. According to the Charkbeat article only 41 ATRs were permanently placed since October 15th. That is only 10% of what the DOE anticipated with their ATR placement policy.
Interestingly all 41 ATRs who were permanently placed were excessed due to school or program closing and not due to disciplinary or legal issues. Which strongly indicates that the ATR assignment folks keep at least two separate lists of ATRs. Moreover, the DOE admitted that the ATR pool consists of 1,202 educators and not the 822 that they claimed previously. Finally, their claim that the 1,202 numbers is 20% less than last year is false Last year's number was 1,304 and that means the actual reduction is not 20% but 7%!
Another interesting item is that the DOE has admitted that principals would have to agree to permanently hire the ATR and would not be assigned without the approval of the Principal. A clear win for the principals.
The bottom line the more things the DOE claims to change, the more they stay the same. The DOE's ATR placement policy is a failure.