We have details on Absent Teacher Reserve placement and the news is optimistic. Some feared that next school year that ATRs would be in the same school but still just covering classes. This information from the DOE's Hiring Update for the 2021-2022 school year (see below) does not support that negative outlook.
Most ATRs are going to be permanently staffed at the school they were placed in this year. There will be no cost to the school for what the DOE is calling Transfer Subsidy Placements. Here is a very important part for ATRs to study closely:
The excessed employee will assume their rightful seniority (if any) at the with all accompanying rights and responsibilities including a program/schedule appropriate for the license area/title of the employee.
It looks like that means these soon to be former ATRs should get a program preference sheet and C6 preference sheet just like everyone else even though the DOE omitted the word school from that sentence.
I blame the UFT for accepting the ATR pool in 2005 but the Union does get credit for never agreeing to a time limit for ATRs to find a permanent position or be fired. I look forward to hearing reaction to ATR placement from the Ed deformers from the Joel Klein era who created the ATR pool and expanded it by closing so many schools.
The bulk of the credit here goes to Chancellor Meisha Porter for recognizing the value of the ATRs and finally placing them in permanent positions. Mulgrew never made regular placement a UFT priority while agreeing to indignities such as weekly ATR rotations, weaker due process for ATRs and more. I would have liked to have seen the ATRs have a real say in their placement, however this DOE placement program is still a big step forward.