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Saturday, August 27, 2011
All ATRs Are To Be Placed Next Week. Or So That Is What The DOE Central Office Claims.
I have been informed that all ATRs will be placed into schools next week by the Central Bureaucracy. How will these placements be determined? Hopefully, it will be by need basis. However, given the track record of Tweed, I wouldn't count on it being done with what will be best for the schools.
I will not be surprised that a school gets an ATR Social Studies teacher when they need a Math teacher. Or that a Science teacher fills a Math position while a Math teacher is sent to a another school to teach Science. It appears that the Children First Networks no longer have any authority over ATR placements and all assignments originate from "Central". That brings up the issue who is actually in charge of ATR placements and how does a school Principal know who to contact for an ATR? I have spoken to a Principal who told me that she was informed that she was to contact her Superintendent for an ATR. That is all she was told and not to contact anyone else.
Since there are over 1900 ATRs to be placed, it will be a real problem to match ATRs with vacant positions and I see numerous mismatches as "Central" fails to match school needs with ATR licensees. I hope I am wrong and the new ATR agreement is enforced. However, past agreements have failed as the DOE reneged or ignored the previous non-enforceable ATR agreements. (Yes, this agreement is also non-enforceable). Let's see if the DOE is serious about placing ATRs in schools by need basis or it is simply "the same old song" of the DOE doing what is best for them and not for the schools they run.
What's wasting $120 million dollars this school year during a budget crises when the DOE can continue to demonize the ATRs as lazy, bad, and incompetent teachers in the news media. To the DOE, portraying the ATR as a failed teacher is "priceless" when it comes to public relations.