ATRs ARE NOT UNSATISFACTORY TEACHERS!!!!!
I was talking to a young substitute in my building today, telling her to hang on, that there were bound to be openings for new hires in September. She wasn't so sure. She said, "There are hundreds of "U" rated teachers hanging around who must be given jobs first." I couldn't believe my ears. I couldn't believe an intelligent, educated teacher had actually bought into the hype being perpetuated by the media and by certain administrators all so they don't have to hire experienced, expensive teachers. I know admins are spreading the story as I heard it when they returned from a job fairs yet, my AP managed to find two excellent teachers who were ATRs at one of them.
ATRs are teachers without classrooms but they are not to blame. They might have worked at a school that was closed or in a program that was eliminated. I know master teachers who worked as mentors who are now unemployable due to their salary and their age.
This substitute looked at me in disbelief when I pointed out the well respected members of our department who would be ATRs should Packemin close. She looked at me in such a way that told me she knew she had been duped.
What I would like to know is where is our union? Why isn't the UFT running ads and putting out PR statements telling the true ATR story? Why are these myths never answered?