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Rally in support of ATRs

November 4, 2008 am30 7:33 am

The United Federation of Teachers (New York teachers union) Executive Board voted tonight in support of a motion brought by President Randi Weingarten to hold a rally in support of ATRs on November 24.

ATRs (Absentee Teacher Reserve) are largely teachers from closing schools or programs who did not get “hired” at a new school. “Hired”? Well, they work for the NYC Department of Education. But under a series of disruptive reforms instituted by Mayor Bloomberg and his chancellor, principals have been discouraged from placing these teachers in the classroom.

Their ranks were swelled this year, as the City hired 1600 Teaching Fellows, as well as assorted other new teachers, critically exceeding the number of open positions. Some of these Fellows worked and were excessed – they are ATRs. But some never were placed – they are called RTRs, and are being threatened with being fired in five weeks.

I don’t know if tonight’s Exec Board motion is now set – or if Delegate Assembly approval is still necessary. In either event, the rally is or will be a go.

3 Comments leave one →
  1. ralph permalink
    November 5, 2008 pm30 10:33 pm 10:33 pm

    I was an experienced and successful science teacher who is now an ATR. I am currently assigned to an K-8 school. I have seen openings filled, not in my license are but in Special Ed and English, by RTRs. ATRs were not notified nor was it posted on the excessing website. ATR’s were totally isolated. I asked my principal what my chances were of eventually getting an appointed position with my salary. She stated that it probably wouldn’t happen. ATR’s should ban together and file an age discrimination lawsuit. Over twenty years of exemplary service used to mean something other than a ticket out. I want to teach again.

    • Thaisha Jones-Burnette permalink
      April 16, 2010 am30 11:25 am 11:25 am

      you should be able to teach again. That is not fair…… need to start a petition online……and print it out and present it to the superintendent…something else needs to be done…..keep hope alive


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