The 16 year ATR nightmare created by Joel Klein and Randi Weingarten looks to finally be over for most of the current ATRs.
This is from the DOE via a UFT official.
I would prefer choice in the placement but except for those coming from closing schools who had wide placement choices, DOE could always place excessed teachers within a district. This slide does leave the future uncertain unless the Contract is changed to eliminate the ATR clause.
Let's give credit to Chancellor Meisha Porter for placing most ATRs permanently.
Update from a UFT official:
As you may have heard, the DOE told principals yesterday that the vast majority of ATRs will be placed for next school year. I am waiting for the DOE’s announcement. Once I have it, I will connect with Deidre et al. about a message. Essentially, this is the story: all ATRs, except those who had disciplinary issues this year (as yet undefined), will be placed in the school at which they were assigned this year. Furthermore, as people become excessed in the future, the DOE is going to push superintendents to find funded vacancies for those excessed staff members, rather than put them in the pool. If they do what they are saying, this is effectively, finally the end of the ATR pool as we have known it. We are sure to have people that are unhappy with the placement and we will deal with that, but this is a very positive development for a variety of reasons.