Open Market Transfers in NYC are open, but not open?
Something is screwy with the open market transfers. I presume the DoE is at fault, and trying to harm us. That is, in recent experience, a fairly good assumption.
(I hate that phrase, open market. It is not an open market. It is a contrived system without rules and protections to make it difficult to transfer, at the same time the DoE forces, through closings and systematic disruption, many more teachers to need to transfer).
The expired (and still in force) contract says that the open market can open any time on or after April 15, and closes August 7. Past practice was to open it soon after April 15. And we did get a little note saying that it was open. The website says it is open. But this is three weeks after April 15, and…
Teachers can log on. And see no listings. Zero. None. Not “just a few” but actually zero. And I’ve learned that principals can log on, but cannot add listings.
What’s going on?
Maybe principals are delaying posting, until they know the budget. Um, no. Principals who want to post cannot.
Question 1: Has the DoE said why it is screwing around?
Question 2: Are the postings for the newly formed schools, those “colocations” that are squeezing out closing schools, are they open? Sure enough a weird thing called The Teacher Hiring Support Center (it’s got DoE-ish lettering, but I am suspicious – someone should check if it is private) includes listings for all the new schools, with a May 13 application deadline.
Question 3: Are they delaying to force people to apply at start-up schools?
Question 4: Are they delaying to ease the crunch if layoffs happen? Friday Bloomberg will probably be announcing totally unnecessary layoffs. As a result, there may be some movement of teachers between schools.
Question 5: Are they delaying to disrupt the system? Hmm. Most people will transfer, if they have to, between April 15 and June 28 (last day of school). That’s 10½ weeks. Oops, May 13 – June 28 is 6½ weeks. Would Bloomberg tighten the schedule to make people nervous and jumpy? To make them more afraid?
The disruptive questions are 3 and 5. They match Bloomberg’s style, and his contempt for kids, for teachers, and for public education.
Those are my guesses, until and unless we get further information.