Saturday, November 08, 2014
More Experienced Teachers Headed To The ATR Pool.
The DOE and union have agreed to use a version of the "turnaround model" at two struggling high schools. Automotive and Boys and Girls High Schools. Starting in January, a hiring committee will be formed and interview all the teachers of the two schools. The likely outcome is that a good 50% or more of the teachers, most of them highly experienced, will find themselves without a classroom position and in the ATR pool for the 2015-16 school year. In fact, unlike the 18D process, the two schools do not have to hire back any of the present teachers if they do not want to.
If the Bloomberg inspired "turnaround model" the DOE tried to impose on 24 schools back in 2012 is any guide, then look for the two schools to jettison most of their highly experienced teachers, keeping a select few as mentors for the expected influx of inexpensive and unproven "newbie teachers" they will hire to replace the banished veterans.
The result will be an influx of hundred or more veteran teachers added to the ATR pool who will find it difficult to obtain a new appointment because of their salaries. Interestingly, these teachers without an appointment will not be subject to the rotation system, field supervision, or the tier two ATR discipline process. However,make no mistake, they will be ATRs. Of course, the union leadership will claim that the 18D like process was fair and the best teachers were selected. However, our union leadership is so disconnected from the membership that they would tell you its a sunny day when its raining out.
Will a newbie dominated teaching staff really result in improved academic improvement with the present student body? If you believe that than I have a bridge in Brooklyn to sell you or maybe you also believe in the tooth fairy?