I told Leroy Barr that I would withstand water torture before revealing the outcome. I will release my own analysis of the outcome on Sunday on this blog.
You know, hanging out at the Ex Bd with Unity people (along with some oppositionists) can lead to a stockholm syndrome effect where hostages begin to identify with their captors.
You can read Arthur's report on the meeting here:
Why ATRs Voted No On The Contract.
Some people who have been critical of the union leadership, have decided to support the contract. These well-respected bloggers are nyc educator, DOEnuts, and JD2715. One thing all three have in common is that they are not ATRs.I do not necessarily expect people to vote NO only on the basis of the ATR situation if they think there are benefits for the majority -- ie. -- two observations --- but I expect them to at least point out the negatives.
By contrast, all bloggers who are ATRs. South Bronx Schools, ATR Adventures, and ATR NYC have voted no. Moreover, ICEUFT, run by a retired ATR recommended a no vote. Finally, I, as an ATR also voted no.
It's a pity that our usually reliable allies, while giving lip service in support of the ATRs, still voted yes for the contract, despite the contract not making any significant changes to the ATR pool.
I don't get it. There is absolutely no need for ATRs given the situation in the schools. The continuance of their status allows all kinds of abuses, especially when teachers are excessed into the pool - principals can weaponize the ATR pool. It seems to me that the end of the ATR situation should have been a line in the sand. Now I know many ATRs who are perfectly happy in the pool but it is time to end this farce -- appoint people to schools like it was done in the old days until 2005. The NYC school system survived 80 years without ATRs and could do so again.