Saturday, July 26, 2014
The DOE Labels ATRs With A Special Identity Card.
One of the ATRs went down to 65 Court Street to make some changes in her personnel file and decided, while there, to get a DOE employee identity card. She had her picture taken and received her new identity card. Shockingly, she noticed that the new identity card had stamped on it "ATR". The educator told the person who gave her the identity card that she didn't understand why "ATR" must be stamped onto the card since its demeaning and by September she might land a position. The response is that is what the DOE has ordered her to do. An itinerant teacher who I know showed me her DOE identity card and it just had her name on it not "itinerant teacher". This is just another example of labeling the ATRs.
We all know that being an ATR confers "second class citizenship" , Thanks UFT, and if one won their 3020-a discipline hearing they are labeled "untouchables". Now it seems that the DOE is stamping on the identity cards "ATR"! What's next? Requiring the ATR status on our clothes? If the DOE could legally require it, in my opinion they would. The DOE already have included a red discipline flag on files of educators who have had a substantiated OSI or SCI investigation even when the substantiation turned out to be false when required to provide real and relevant evidence in front of an independent hearing officer.
There is no doubt in my mind that the DOE is trying their best to eliminate the ATR pool by any means possible. Be it field supervisor harassment, useless weekly rotations, or special rules that reduces ATR "due process rights". I expect the DOE to use anything in their toolbox to make being an ATR an uncomfortable experience and if an ATR breathes wrong, expect a "U rating" or 3020-a charges to follow. The union? They are part of the problem and not part of the solution since they have either agreed to, or ignore the DOE onslaught on the ATRs.