I am hearing various reports about budgets being cut in the schools for the 2019-2020 school year.
Does anyone have any information on budgets for next year besides what is already on the school budget pages which is incomplete?
Is there out of control excessing occurring because of cuts?
This has turned into a very busy end of the school year with UFT members from all over getting in touch with me.
It is difficult to believe I am not still active as I seem to be as busy answering union questions as when I was an active teacher.
This piece of advice and article on excessing from Unity's Gene Mann's The Organizer may be helpful.
Principal's tell people…
I need you to switch your license…
…so that you can become a probationer again? Why would you do that? Check with your borough’s UFT Edcational Liaison before agreeing to teach out of license. In Queens that’s Heather Goldberg (HGoldberg@uft.org)
You’re going to be excessed. You should resign…
…excessing has nothing to do with employment. Your job is assured even if you cannot find a new position on the Open Market. (See the Excessingarticle below.)
You’re going to be discontinued. You should resign.
…resignation is a weighty decision which involves sacrificing lump sum payments and health care, as well as employment. Reach out to your District Representative immediately.
Every year, because of fluctuations in funding and student population, schools have to make staffing decisions, which may well result in excessing.
It is important to understand that excessing is a loss of position, not a loss of job. Excessed staff members continue their employment without interruption.
It is almost equally important to understand that working without an appointment-being an ATR-is not the world’s most comfortable situation. This is particularly so for untenured members-the most likely to be excessed-as they can never achieve tenure without teaching their own students in their license area.
Persons who are feeling insecure should register for the Open Market and check opportunities regularly. All members should check their school’s June seniority list to determine how vulnerable they are in their license.
Three additional things to bear in mind:
Being told by your principal that you will be excessed is not actually being excessed. You will receive a letter from HR giving you complete instructions. It is not impossible that the excessing decision may be reversed.
You should give your principal a letter asserting your Right of Return under Article 17B, Rule 8. This prevents your school from hiring another person for “your” position for a year and a day. (See sample below. Thanks, James and Washington.)
If you transfer during the Open Market period, you have sacrificed your Right of Return.
Common Branches (781B) teachers working in middle schools are considered for excessing purposes only as probationers in a subject area which they have taught for the past three years.
Rule 10 teachers (20+ years of continuous appointed service in license), if excessed, remain in their buildings as ATRs.