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Friday, May 28, 2021
THE DOE INSTRUCTIONS TO PRINCIPALS ON ATR HIRINGS
This is official from the DOE to principals on hiring. To me, permanently staffed means a regular position with rights but let's hope this is how DOE interprets it.
Hiring Updates for the 2021–22 School Year
As shared in the May 26 Citywide Principal’s Meeting with the Chancellor on the 2021–22 school year hiring, in order to support schools with staffing needs in this upcoming school year, the following policy updates are effective immediately and will be in place for the 2021–22 school year.
No hiring restrictions on school pedagogical titles: In preparation for the 2021–22 school year, there will be no hiring restrictions on any school pedagogical titles.
New approach to managing the ATR pool: Superintendents, executive superintendents (or a designee), and BCO staff will find funded vacancies in their districts for all newly excessed staff who have not found a job through the Open Market Transfer (OPT) system, in preparation for the upcoming school year. Effective in FY22, newly excessed staff will no longer be Centrally funded. Note that this does not include principals and assistant principals.
Addition of excessed staff in schools where they are assigned for the 2020–21 school year:
Transfer Subsidy Placements of Excessed Teachers: Most excessed educators will be permanently staffed at the school where they are currently assigned at no cost to the school (and not taking up a vacancy) for as long as they remain in the role/title. This will allow teachers to continue working with the colleagues and students with whom they've built relationships this year.
Provisional hires: Similar to previous years, at the end of this school year, provisionally hired staff will be retained as permanent staff at the school, if both of the following conditions are met: (1) the school has a vacancy in the same title/license area the following school year or available funding; and (2) the employee did not receive an overall rating of “ineffective” or “developing” on their Measures of Teacher Practice (MOTP) in Advance or an overall “unsatisfactory” rating in EIS.
The DOE will review cases of every staff member in D96 (in excess) for legal reasons and will individually discuss these cases with principals before they are placed at the schools by June 11. Principals will make the final determination about whether a teacher will be staffed and Centrally funded at their school, if the employee is in the pool for legal reasons.
For the 2021–22 school year only, there will be a Central review process to address cases where excessed teachers with adverse ratings or performance history have been permanently placed in a school via a mandated provisional hire or transfer subsidy placement.
Additional information, including a link to Frequently Asked Questions (including principals questions shared during the May 26 call) will be included in an upcoming edition of Principals Digest.
Principals will receive an email by June 11, notifying them as to which staff members will be permanently placed in their schools. Excessed staff will receive an email by June 18, notifying them that they have been staffed at a school.