Earlier this school year the DOE, realizing that there is going to be a teacher shortage in the coming years and has already hit the Bronx, offered schools an incentive to hire ATRs. This incentive would offer schools an ATR for free the first year, half price the second year, and a 25% discount the third year. Yet few schools have taken the DOE up on the deal. The reason is that the ATR comes with his seniority and institutional memory and the ever increasing numbers of Leadership Academy Principals rather not hire them. Moreover, the Bloomberg policymakers at Tweed remind schools how Joel Klein called the ATRs "bad teachers" and rather hire a "newbie" then giving their students an experienced veteran teacher.
The questions I would like answered by the DOE and UFT leadership are the following:
- How many ATRs were placed because of the incentive?
- What was the experience breakdown?
- What was the age breakdown?
- What was the salary breakdown?
- What was the percentage of tenured members?
- What is the breakdown by subject area?
- Placement by District
- Placement by Borough
I am appealing to the MORE and New Action members on the Executive Board to ask these questions to the UFT leadership, the union has the numbers and maybe the union could be pressured in releasing the statistical breakdown and that we can all see how disingenuous the DOE incentive offer has been.