Thus reports a NYC substitute teacher. Beside splitting up classes (imagine the impact of splitting 6 classes) it can also mean pulling prep teachers to cover classes, which means either teachers lose their preps or kids get piled into the auditorium for a mass prep. Or the reading or math or ELA specialist are pulled to cover the class. But I bet there's plenty of lost preps and some intimidation if teachers try to get paid. (We used to file class size grievance violations when they piled kids into our classes and they backed off a bit. And we also enforced payment for missed preps which cost the school money.)
Our correspondent continues:
You may not be aware of the main problem with subbing this year. Schools don't have budget for subs. 2 schools I previously worked at told me at the beginning of the yr. that they weren't hiring any subs this yr due to budget cuts. My regular school was calling me irregularly and finally just stopped in mid Dec. They have only 1 sub they're calling this yr. They've told their teachers not to call sub central. I'm hardly getting any jobs from SC and other subs aren't working much either.In schools with ATRs, they are functioning as subs. But there are apparently not enough ATRs. The DOE solution is simple. Close enough schools to create enough ATRs so you have enough subs. After all, why pay someone $150 a day when you can pay them $300 or more?
I'm surprised not to hear more about this situation.
Sc did call me a few times including a nice school. It illustrates well the 5th point [in Accountable Talk's list] in how to improve the schools - Get Rid of supervisors. The first time I was there everything seemed so relaxed I kept mentioning that to different teachers. Everyone had the same response – that's because the principal has been missing for 6 wks. They probably can still hire a bunch of subs since the principal is not there to say they can't afford it.