Saturday, July 14, 2007

The Bronx is Burning ... with ATR's

A UFT official writes in an email to one of my correspondents:

"The number of veteran teachers in excess in the Bronx is huge. 33% of the teachers at Stevenson have been placed in excess this June and a whopping 56 employees from Evander Childs have been excessed. Dozens from Walton are out, including the Chapter Leader. Meanwhile, on the hiring committees that I have been attending, at least 3/4 of the applicants have been Teaching Fellows with shiny new Trans B licenses."

*For readers outside the NYC area
ATR: Absentee Teacher Reserve
Recent UFT contracts have so drastically changed (eliminated) seniority rules that used to allow senior teachers to bump junior teachers in their license area. Now they just become substitutes. For those of you who think this is a good thing, keep watching an eye on the ensuing chaos that is occurring. I maintain that with all the evils of seniority, it is still the best (only) way to maintain some level of stability in the system.

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