Here we start a new school year, with a new Chancellor, a new outlook, and another layer of Bureaucracy (Regional Superintendents). Yet much of the new school year sees the same issues. Foremost among them are the ATRs.
The ATRs are educators that were excessed from closing schools, programs, schools that had staffs reapplying for their positions, or were accused of incompetence or misconduct but were found not guilty of termination at their 3020-a hearing. Moreover, the ATRs are the step children of the DOE and if the DOE had its way, they would be terminated tomorrow. However, because the UFT, in allowing the formation of the ATR pool back in 2005, also made sure there was no time limit and has stuck to their guns despite the DOE requesting one.
Despite the UFT ensuring that ATRs can keep their jobs, the UFT did not push the DOE to encourage principals to hire ATRs. Instead, the DOE implemented a "Fair Student Funding" program that encouraged principals to hire "newbies" rather than veteran teachers. The result, was that many schools have an inexperienced teaching staff with classroom management issues and lack of curriculum knowledge.
Will anything change in the new contract for the ATRs? I hope so but don't hold your breath.