Wednesday, September 16, 2009

ATRs: The Final Solution?

There are rumors that the NYCDOE has ordered 1600 blindfolds and packs of cigarettes for Monday's mandatory meeting of ATRs. Clergy of all faiths will be on hand.

From an ATR:



This is a reminder that the Division of Human Resources is having a mandatory event for teachers in excess on Monday, September 21st at 1PM. The letter below should have been provided to you at your Absent Teacher Reserve (ATR) site. If you have not yet received this letter, please contact the principal at your site immediately.

You are receiving this reminder because our records show that as of Monday, September 14, you are still a centrally funded excessed teacher. If you do not believe you are in excess, please email us at so we can research the issue. Unless you hear otherwise from the Teacher Hiring Support Center or a representative from either the Integrated Service Center (ISC) or Children First Network (CFN) that works with your school, you must attend this event.

Teacher Hiring Support Center

Letter Delivered to ATR Sites:

Dear Teacher,

On Monday, September 21, 2009 the New York City Department of Education will be holding a mandatory recruitment fair for teachers in excess in the boroughs of Brooklyn and Staten Island. As an excessed teacher in one of these boroughs, you are required to attend this event.

The fair will be held from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM and teachers must check in no later than 1:00 PM. You should plan to report to your assigned school at the start of the school day and then travel to the fair; your school where you are currently assigned as an ATR will be notified of your absence and you will be provided with documentation of your attendance at the recruitment fair. Lunch will not be served at the fair, but you are entitled to the contracted amount of time for lunch on your own before the fair. You will be expected to stay until the end of the school day and encouraged to stay until the end of the event at 4:00PM.

The event will take place at Grand Prospect Hall, 263 Prospect Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11215. If you need directions to this location, please use for public transportation or for driving directions. A limited amount of free parking is available on site.

As with other recruitment events held this summer, this will be an opportunity for you to meet with school representatives regarding potential vacancies. We encourage you to treat this as you would any job interview opportunity and recommend business attire as well as that you bring 10-15 copies of your resume. Note that you will be asked for a copy of your resume upon check in so that the Division of Human Resources can provide it to schools with vacancies in your subject area if you do not find a position at this event. If you need assistance on resume writing or interviewing, resources are available at the Teacher Hiring Support Center site,

If you have any questions regarding the recruitment fair, please contact the Teacher Hiring Support Center at or call us at (718) 935-5822. We look forward to seeing you at the event.


Division of Human Resources

New York City Department of Education


Anonymous said...

I wonder if the DOE is trying to force the ATRs to take jobs that nobody else wants. What happened with the ATR agreement? Did the UNION keep track on how many jobs were given to the ATR teachers or the agreement was just another FARCE of the UFT?

Pissedoffteacher said...

Same thing is happening in Queens tomorrow. At least the teachers will get to see the new Citifield.

Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...
Yes this really makes a lot of sense in the process of dehumanizing a senior teacher.

Let the person serve these dogs for at least 20 years. Then have the reichchancellor close the school that they made home. The reason being the charter school privatization wave.

Blame the school and close it to show the stupid voters that something is being done to "improve and reform" education, while the only thing that is being changed is the corporate profits.

Since the agenda is to wreck public education for the purpose of privatization, the task of erasing institutional memory is achieved by closing large schools and getting the older teachers working as glorified subs.

This will cause them to resign and retire, therefore freeing up low paying slots for malleable, scared new teachers.

The corporate cry of churn em and burn em is alive and well in Bloomberg's New York.

The little Mayor is the driving force for filling the pockets of his cronies.

This is the end of the largest school system on the planet. We are living in an era of pure fascism where the press is merely a propaganda outlet for the corporate elite. There is no freedom of speech. The constituents or voting public are narcotized and apathetic. Those who are awake are ridiculed and silenced. The chinese curse "May You Live In Interesting Times is upon us.


NY_I said...

Will the union scrap this disaster and return us to the seniority transfer days????

Hmm, guess not, and watch an 80% Iranian style victory for Unity/Mulgrew slate.
(My blog:

ed notes online said...

Iran is jealous of the powers the UFT leadership has.