For those of you who are following my travelogue around the high schools of Queens, I have some news. I am being taken off the Absent Teacher Reserve Rotation train wreck by Middle College High School for the rest of the 2014-15 school year. Middle College was one of the schools I wandered through this fall. Apparently, I did something right there as they called me in for an interview for a Leave Replacement Teacher position. I don't know how to say thank you enough to Principal Linda Siegmund and her faculty for rescuing me from ATR rotations to let me actually teach again. The new trimester starts today. Middle College is a very progressive school that I am looking forward to working in... James Eterno on the ICE blog.It is not often we have cause to celebrate the actions of principals but let's hail Linda Siegmund for giving James an opportunity despite his notoriety as a union activist and former opposition presidential candidate (2010) against Mulgrew. Given that James and Camille saw the birth of their 2nd child back in July this is also a much-needed stability factor in their lives.
Arthur Goldstein at NYC Educator blog has a strong piece on the ATR situation today: An ATR by Any Other Name
"If you aren't treated the same as every other working teacher, it's ludicrous to say you're the same as every other working teacher."I'd like to get a list of the limits on ATRs even when they get a year-long provisional appointment. We know that they can never accumulate school seniority or even put in a preference sheet and in some cases can't get per session. In fact a provisional who would like permanent placement has to be very well behaved and pretty much give up any protections in the contract. And imagine their VAM ratings - do provisional ATRs get rated and observed by their admins the same way?
Isn't it time for the UFT to stop stonewalling and establish an ATR chapter? MORE brought this up at the October DA and it was turned down by Unity.
Resolution for Full Union Representation for ATRs
Whereas, the Delegate Assembly is the highest policy making body in the United Federation of Teachers, and
Whereas, federal labor law requires that policy making bodies within a union be democratically elected with each member entitled to a vote, andHere is James' full post:
Whereas, Absent Teacher Reserves (ATRs) are not entitled to vote in Chapter Elections unless they happen to be working in a school that has a Chapter Election during a particular week that the ATR is working in a school, and
Whereas, unions can set up reasonable rules as to who can run for office, but it is not reasonable that ATRs including Leave Replacement Teachers and Provisional Teachers cannot run or serve as Delegates or Chapter Leaders simply because they belong to no Chapter, and
Whereas, the ATR position has now been embedded in the UFT contract in Section 16 of the 2014 Memorandum of Agreement, therefore be it
Resolved, that the UFT will immediately create a Functional Chapter to represent the interests of ATRs, Leave Replacement Teachers and Provisional Teachers.