Friday, June 5, 2015

Do You Know of Any ATRs that were Permanently Hired?

     Interesting question? I know about 100 ATRs. About 25 of them have been provisionally placed, but only 1 has been permanently hired - and that was last year. I know of no one who was permanently hired this year.

     Many teachers, who aren't ATRs , don't understand the distinction between permanently hired and provisionally placed. Is this intentional? It certainly makes the ATR numbers look considerably lower to the uninformed and unquestioning. The vast majority of ATRs (who are out of the rotation pool) are provisionally placed and are thus given "subpar" status as opposed to the permanently hired teacher. "Subpar", in that it is temporary, forced, and the recipient of this gift is subject to diminished due process rights - not that the ATR is subpar (which is what many would have you believe). Would any ATR want to be provisionally placed? I know of many who did, believing their hard work and professionalism would win them a permanent position. Needless to say that didn't happen for any of them.

    Many ATRs are currently on the Open Market looking for a permanent position. It seems incredibly unfair that the permanent positions are being given to the inexperienced and untenured over the better candidates, while the unwanted provisional positions are forced onto ATRs.
    UPDATE 6/7: Several ATRs contacted me this weekend to tell me that they received their excess letters last Friday. Despite their best efforts they are back in the ATR pool.


  1. I got my excess letter yesterday. I busted my ass all year hoping to get a permanent position in this dump. I'm actually happy though. I'm 58 years old. I guess I'll be placed in another toilet for next year.

  2. Congratulations. You may be better off considering the school you are describing. It is an undeniable fact that only a minuscule amount of ATRs are being hired permanently, that the vast majority of us are middle aged and that the younger inferior candidates are being permanently hired.

  3. Are there any union elections this spring? I will vote for anyone and I mean anyone who is not in with Mulgrew or the No Action party.

  4. I really don't know. Anyone? I agree with you. I like the "No Action" moniker. I won't vote for Useless or No Action. I don't always agree with everything More does or says but they really are the only intelligent alternative. Many of them are good human beings.


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