Sunday, June 05, 2016
Why Is Mikey Mulgrew Lying About ATRs Getting Positions?
Last week UFT President Michael (don't call me Mikey) Mulgrew told a Queens Parent Advisory Board that the good teachers who end up in excess are snapped up by schools who need their expertise. Really? What fantasy world is Mr. Mulgrew living in? He knows very well that under "fair student funding" which is school-based, most principals would be committing fiscal suicide if they hire an highly experienced teacher to an appointed position. In fact its in the principal's best interest for budget purposes to hire "the cheapest teachers for their school". Below is the actual lying statement that Mikey Mulgrew told the audience.
In response to a parent’s question on reassigning teachers who have been declared excess at their own schools, Mulgrew said most good ones are snapped up quickly — when the bureaucracy allows.
“If you have a school for the arts and a good teacher in the arts has been excessed, do I need to tell you what to do?” he asked. The entire article is Here.
In the fantasy world of Mikey Mulgrew and his disconnected union leadership would have the uninformed believe that many excessed veteran teachers who are "quality teachers" can get a permanent job if they want one when the actual truth is far different. The Open Market Transfer System is a sick joke for veteran teachers as few ever get an interview, least not an appointed position. Moreover, both the DOE and UFT refuse to break down the ATR pool by salary, experience, and age since they know full well they discriminate against veteran teachers who are the vast majority of the ATR pool.
Mikey Mulgrew can lie all he wants but the truth is that he and his disconnected union leadership flunkies care little about ATRs as they have agreed to continue to extend the ATR agreement another two years that make ATRs second class citizens and look the other way when the DOE send field supervisors out to "U" rate and attempt to terminate teachers in rotation.
While Mikey Mulgrew lives in a fantasy land and continues his "love affair" with the Chancellor, his members continue to suffer from DOE disrespect, and especially his most vulnerable members, the ATRs.