Saturday, June 20, 2009
The Principals Are Effectively Telling The ATRs To "Kiss My Ass" As They RefuseTo Hire Them
Last Tuesday many an ATR was invited to the citywide ATR job fair held in Washington Heights in Manhattan. Despite a few hundred ATRs showing up, very few teaching positions were available, even in alleged shortage areas like Special Education, Math, and Science. For example one elementary school Special Education teacher who had sent out 25 resumes to known vacancies in her borough was shocked to find only one of these vacancies were advertised at the job fair. In addition a high school Math teacher found only a few Math positions and most of them were in the middle schools.
It appears the Principals have bought into the propaganda from Tweed and falsely believe that the ATRs are "bad teachers" and don't want to hire them. I touched on this issue in an earlier post. Furthermore, it is no secret that the "Leadership Academy Principals" have been told not to hire senior teachers and to wait out the "Open Market Transfer System" which ends in early August. Moreover, these Principals will try to see if they can request an exception from Tweed in hiring "newbie teachers". Finally, many of the Principals are counting on Tweed to rescind their directive and that come late August they can hire the "newbie teachers" or at the very least the nontenured young teachers for their schools. Meanwhile, Pissed Off published a letter written to her by an ATR who is thinking of killing herself because of the disrespect the DOE is showing the ATRs.
If Tweed does not rescind their hiring directive, look for massive hiring in the schools as the Principals realize that they do not have enough teachers to meet their class size mandates. However, being the skeptic that I am. I see Tweed rescinding their "no hiring directive" and the schools will be hiring all those "newbie teachers" from Teach For America and the Teaching Fellows program.
I hope Tweed does not back down and allow Principals to hire the "newbie teachers" because if they do, look for the ATR ranks to reach 1500+ as more senior teachers join the ATR ranks because of school closing, excessing, or coming out of the "rubber rooms". Remember, it is not about the children or the money. It is about control. "Children Last" continues.