It has become increasingly obvious that the ATR field supervisors are "U" rating ATRs and preparing many of them for their 3020-a charges that inevitably will follow. In some cases if the ATR didn't go to the Professional Development or committed a minor misconduct, the DOE will file 3020-a charges with only one "U" rating, if they believe they can convince the arbitrator that the teacher is both "incompetent and dangerous to the students".
You may ask how can the union leadership allow these phoney "flyby observations" to be used as a basis for terminating a teacher?. Unfortunately, our disconnected union leadership doesn't seem to care. Just look at what our union leadership agreed to with regard to the ATR in the last contract.
- Reduced ATR "due process" rights.
- Failure to allow for a Chapter Leader for ATRs
- No mutual consent in positions
- Mandatory interviews and terminated if ATR fails to appear.
- Expedited one day hearing for problematic behavior"
- Failure to fight against "fair student funding"
The DOE with our union leadership's blessing, is trying to reduce the ATR pool, not by putting the ATR back in the classroom where they belong, but instead by thinning the herd with these "flyby observations" and unfairly giving the ATR a "U" rating.
While I watch the very obvious love affair between Chancellor Carmen Farina and UFT President Michael Mulgrew, the love does not extend to the teachers and especially the ATRs as the Chancellor is determined to terminate them and the UFT President ignores their demands for fair treatment and representation.
While its too late for this school year, please post the ATR field supervisors that "U" rated you in the last two school years. Knowledge is power and knowing which field assassins to avoid will help all ATRs in the next school year.