The blogger Chaz is reporting on what we are perceiving as a spike in unsatisfactory ratings for Absent Teacher Reserves who rotate from school to school on a weekly or monthly basis.
We can confirm based on people getting in touch with us that ATR unsatisfactory ratings are being doled out based on one or two trivial matters in schools. In the past these minor incidents may have not even risen to the level of someone receiving a disciplinary letter for file.
We will need some kind of coordinated response now to protect ourselves as it appears we are under attack and our union seems to be looking the other way.
The Department of Education refuses place ATRs in permanent positions and principals are reluctant to hire ATRs die to budgetary restrictions since most of us are senior teachers. Principals also reject us since we are usually veteran teachers who would go to the top of the school's seniority list which would leave junior teachers at risk of being placed in excess. We are thought of, usually wrongfully, as bad teachers because many of us are coming from closing schools.
Chancellor Carmen Farina has not exactly been teacher friendly or particularly ATR friendly since taking over in 2014. It looks like going after ATRs for basically nothing is her policy to try to get rid of as many of us as she can.