NYC Educator has put up two excellent posts in the last few days as he usually does. One is on class size where he tells the world how class size grievances are basically useless. The 34 maximum for students in a class in the high schools is more like a suggestion.
The second piece is on Absent Teacher Reserves. NYC Educator describes how ATRs have for the most part been abandoned by our union in addition to our employer. I have a not so novel idea for Chancellor Carmen Farina on how she can deal with both problems:
USE ATRS TO LOWER CLASS SIZES!
It is easy and could be done at virtually no cost to the city. Let's say there is a high school with 55 oversize classes. Send 11 ATRS to that school and give them five classes each and presto there are no more oversize classes.
I know; I know you are going to tell me that there isn't enough space in some of these buildings to make new classes. The solution here is not that complex either as the DOE would just need to use the ATRS as push in teachers. We could team teach. Interviews could be conducted with actual teachers to make sure these are good matches.
Just some simple ideas that might work educationally so they will probably never happen.