I am increasingly concerned over the fate of many ATRs in rotation as they are being increasingly harassed by the DOE to include Danielson, Common Core, and rigor in their lesson, despite the ATR being subject to "the teaching for the 21st century" Article 8j in the contract. When ATRs complain to the union leadership about the unrealistic expectations that the ATR field s
There are too many people contacting me about their field assassins giving them "Unsatisfactory" observations. These field assassins find fault with the ATR for not giving a coherent lesson (Dainelson), classroom management, or rigor. It matters little that in far too many cases the ATR is only providing the work the classroom teacher has left. Since the ATR does not know the students and has no ownership of their grades, it is unrealistic to expect students to be well behaved and engaged in the assignment unless you are in one of the top schools in the city. Yet the ATR field assassins demand this impossible task. Moreover, if am incident with a student occurs and the building Principal gives the ATR a Letter-To-The-File, it automatically triggers an "Unsatisfactory" rating for that year! Despite the ATR having satisfactory observations throughout the school year. That means that the ATR cannot teach summer school, do per session grading, and other income producing activities in the DOE. Finally, if the ATR takes more than ten sick days in any one year, the ATR will be rated "Unsatisfactory" by the field supervisor unless the ATR took FILMA (unpaid family leave). I already know three ATRs who were rated "Unsatisfactory" for taking more than 10 sick days and one of them had 150 sick days in his CAR!
It appears to me that the UFT is not only looking the other way when it comes to the abusive ATR field assassins but is quietly supporting the DOE in their attempt to demoralize, defame, and destroy the ATRs and force them to either retire or resign by making them second class citizens and allowing the ATR field assassins to demand unrealistic expectations and when the ATR cannot possibly deliver, "U rate" them and possibly terminate them with two consecutive "Unsatisfactory" rating.
With friends like our union leadership, who needs enemies when you are a rotating ATR?