Below is Asher's statement on the ATRs. There isn't much new here but we print everything for the record and if you can find something different in Asher's words, please tell us.
On the issue of press reports calling ATRs poor quality teachers, I am not going to link to any of them. I read three stories on ATRs. I saw quotes from people who aren't in the classroom and nothing from any teacher or ATR. That is all you need to know about the biased press that is often anti-teacher.
Earlier today, we announced updated placement procedures intended to reduce the size of the reserve pool, and ultimately to help teachers and administrators get back into schools where they are needed most.
The procedures announced today are discussed in more depth in this pre-recorded webinar.
· Reserve pool teachers can be assigned across district lines within the Borough.
· Beginning around October 15, we’ll place reserve pool teachers into vacancies funded by schools.
· After the match to vacancies and long term absence coverage, we plan to significantly reduce rotations for most remaining reserve pool members.
· If a provisionally hired teacher receives a Highly Effective or Effective rating at the end of the 2017-18 school year, and there is a vacancy in the same license area for the following school year, and there are no extraordinary circumstances, that educator will be permanently hired by the school.
· The Voluntary Severance Program period is closing on July 14, 2017.
The ATR pool was neither the destination nor experience that led any of us to a career as professional educators. Most of us became educators with noble intentions and the desire to have a positive impact on the lives of the students we serve. The most effective way to achieve this goal is to serve in a classroom as a teacher or in a leadership role as an administrator. We are looking forward to working with those in the ATR pool to provide opportunities to achieve these goals.
For those who wish to explore other options, the Voluntary Severance Program will remain open until July 14, 2017. Please follow the specific instructions in the webcast to participate.
If you have questions or concerns, please email email@example.com
Working together, we can help ensure ATR teachers and administrators are given the opportunity to serve the 1.1 million students of New York City in a meaningful way.
Randy J. Asher
Senior Advisor, Talent Management & Innovation