Quietly, and with little publicity, the DOE has issued new guidelines on how field
This year, for the first time, selected ATRs who received two consecutive "U" ratings and who had previously gone through the 3020-a process were served with their 3020-a termination charges for incompetence. These carefully selected ATRs were the test cases to see if the State arbitrators would terminate these ATRs, based upon flyby observations in classrooms where the ATR did not know the students, had no ownership of their grade, and had no clue if their students were ESL, had an IEP, or were academically on grade level. So far, to my knowledge, the State arbitrators have not terminated any of these ATRs and have questioned the fairness of the "U" ratings and the lack of real support givin to the ATRs. While most of the test cases have not resulted in a verdict, the majority of the ATRs appear to have escaped termination. Thanks, in large part to the field assassin guidelines.
However, starting this semester, the field assassin guidelines have been changed to help the DOE terminate ATRs. The revised guideline now states the following:
Take a look at the second paragraph that allows the field assassins to recommend termination to the Superintendent. This is a change from the previous guideline that did not include this paragraph and only contained information supporting the pedagogy and placement of the ATR.
The question is was the UFT complicit in this ominous change in language? Of course they were! The fact that the UFT leadership has remained quiet about this change tells everybody that the UFT has agreed to this guideline change to terminate more ATRs. If the UFT leadership had opposed it, they would have put a stop to it since the DOE and UFT must jointly approve any changes in the ATR agreement as implemented in the June 2014 contract.
For the ATRs its bad enough that the DOE wants to terminate us but it seems the UFT leadership is helping the DOE thin the ATR herd by stabbing us in the back. Thanks, to Betsy Combier who first alerted me to the change in the DOE policy to help terminate ATRs.