Sunday, October 20, 2019
Will The DOE Finally Place ATRs?
The DOE has finally taking steps to place ATRs. In schools that have a history of hard to fill certain subjects and retain teachers , the DOE has decided to allow principals to hire an ATR free of charge, as long as the school keeps the ATR. This has resulted in some ATRs getting a position since the Principal will no longer be responsible for the ATR's salary.
According to Susan Edelman of the New York Post, there are 930 ATRs and this is a slight reduction from the previous year as 170 ATRs took the $50,000 buyout, Regardless, the DOE is still paying over $100 million dollars yearly for ATRs.. It should be noted that the ATR number only include teachers and excludes Guidance Counselors, Social Workers, and paraprofessionals.
The only reason that there are ATRs at all is that the Bloomberg policymakers are still in charge and have resisted the Chancellor's goal to place ATRs in vacancies. This year the schools hired 4,800 new teachers as nearly a thousand ATRs languish without a position. .However, as the Chancellor has slowly removed or pushed out the Bloomberg policymakers, the DOE has loosened restrictions to hiring ATRx such as allowing select principals to hire ATRs, free of charge.
In 6he next few years I see the ATR issue fade into history. At least I hope so.