Tuesday, December 02, 2014


In response to a Freedom of Information Law request from Francesco Portelos, the New York City Department of Education reported there are 1,890 Absent Teacher Reserves, including teachers, counselors, secretaries and school psychologists as of September 10, 2014. This would seem to be a much higher number than the UFT led us to believe were in the ATR pool.     

The 1,890 total is after the severance package that a few ATRS took in the summer and the large retirement exodus in June. The total does not include teachers and others who were hired provisionally or to replace people who are on long term leaves and so are reported on school budgets.

To put this number in perspective, there are only 1,768 teachers in the entire City of Yonkers School District.


Francesco Portelos said...

1,890 ATRs in about 1700+ schools. Let's continue to mobilize.

We need to document how ATRs are not properly represented by the UFT.

Use this form we created.


Anonymous said...

How many of them are veteran senior teachers. Why ? I think that the members of this blog and Facebook NYCPublic Schools Money Over Age need to unify and become the new Uft
Kali Loverdos

Anonymous said...

What does the new UFT mean? Are you willing to do the work to run in the next UFT election?

Francesco Portelos said...

I was just informed that this didn't include social workers either.

Dear Mr. Baranello,

Pursuant to the New York Freedom of Information Law, please send me copies by Email of the following records:

1. The number of New York City Department of Education employees that are part of the Absent Teacher Reserve, including the the employees that are secretarial, guidance counselors, school psychologists, and assigned on a provisional basis at schools as of September 10, 2014.

This information can be found by contacting Atrassignment@schools.nyc.gov, MChoi@schools.nyc.gov

I would appreciate a response within five business days of receipt as required by law.

Thank you for your cooperation.


Francesco Portelos

Anonymous said...

This would be the largest chapter in the NYC schools.

Anonymous said...

But not the largest chapter in the UFT. The retirees win that award easily.

Anonymous said...

The DOE should be ashamed of themselves for allowing this bloomberg ideology to continue. Now the dopey press will pick up on this and the story will read NYC paying teachers to do nothing but sit around all day at a cost of 100 million dollars to our lovely tax payers.....This crap is like a merry go round that never stops...PUT THE EDUCATORS BACK INTO OUR CLASSROOMS AND COUNSELING OFFICES!!!!DA. There are so many classrooms over crowded, students have no access to guidance counselors, students have no access to social workers and school psychologists but we have em!!!!! DOE wake up and get your shit together stooges!!!!!!!!!!!These atr educators are some our our best educators!!!! Do not listen to clueless press or people like campbell brown who are sleeze balls trying to destroy the lives of hard working educators!!! The atr pool is a bloomberg ideology of torturing people for political agendas......The atr pool is a product of the klein era where joel klein was reckless and ruthless assigning people like sheep meanwhile the bottle coke eyes dude is a lawyer and knows nothing about education!!!!!

Anonymous said...

My question is why would the genius DOE hire teachers, guidance counselors and social workers when they have 2000 plus of them rotating from school to school basically doing nada------why?? The NYCDOE is really the most dysfunctional organization I have ever seen. Bizarre place eh? Spending 100 million a year to rotate educators and then going out and hiring more teachers and counselors??? How is this cost efficient management and how is this better for the students and remember the DOE motto....students first.....lol lol omg cant make it up doe stooges

Anonymous said...

Need a story on Howie Kwait from John Bowne, on abc radio today for sexual misconduct. Treats his veteran teachers like crap and makes them atr's

Anonymous said...

Yes, this ATR bullshit was started under Bloomberg and Klein, but our current mayor, Herman Munster, aka Bill DiBlasio, has done nothing to right this wrong.

Gladys Sotomayor said...

Figured as much for both , meaning that the first number would be not including The other professionals and that FOIL response would be incomplete.. Will you foil for the remainder? At any rate the data surely leverage the ATR cause.

Anonymous said...

Won't you investigate "The Queens HS for Teaching on Commonwealth Blvd? They really do have two-way mirrors that they don't tell the teachers about.

Thats sooooo creepy.

Anonymous said...

Amy Arundle told a group of 800 of us (a few years ago) that we "were lucky to have jobs".