Saturday, May 11, 2019
The DOE's ATR Incentive Program Is A Joke.
We have a new Chancellor, Richard Carranza and he has claimed he will change the ideology at the DOE. Presently, he has done little to achieve it. School based Fair Student Funding (FSF) continues to discriminate against veteran teachers. Most of the Bloomberg era policymakers at Tweed are still in place, and the ATR situation continues unabated.
The ATR incentive program has been a joke. It has proven ineffective as few ATRs have achieved permanent positions unless, the ATR is a bilingual special education certification or an ATR is willing to go to the Bronx.
The ATR incentive program allows schools to hire an ATR for a vacancy and not pay the ATR's salary for the first year. The second year the school only pays half of the ATR's salary and the third year the school pays 75% of the ATR's salary. However, in the fourth year the school is responsible for the entire ATR salary and if it's a small school the ATR's full salary will mean a significant increase in the school's budget expenses.
Further complicating the problem is if the school hires an ATR for a vacancy provisionally and gets an effective rating. The school must select the ATR to permanently fill the position, unless the Principal convinces the DOE that there are exceptionally circumstances of why the ATR shouldn't be selected.
Finally, the DOE has offered ATRs $50,000 to either retire or resign since the DOE's FSF and their inadequate incentive program has not reduced the ATR pool as there are still 1,000 ATRs in the pool.
If the DOE wants to significantly reduce the ATR pool then they should go back to the incentive program they had for 2010 where the ATRs hired to fill a school vacancy where only charged to the school as a "newbie teacher". The school would then then be charged for the ATR's salary as if the ATR started at step 1-A, then 1-B, 2-A and so on.