NYCATR is pleased to pass along the word that there will be no layoffs of teachers in the NYC public school system.
The bad news is that this is being done primarily on the backs of the members of the Absent Teacher Reserve, who already have suffered enough.
The 1,200 teachers in the Absent Teacher Reserve (ATR) pool [will be] used more efficiently to fill long and short-term vacancies in their school districts. Such use is designed to save much of the money the DOE now spends on “per diem” substitutes to fill these vacancies.What this seems to mean is that ATRs will no longer be assigned to a specific school for the year. Rather, they will be bounced from school to school on a daily basis. (If I'm wrong about this, please, someone, let me know.)
Until now, ATRs had some small, but significant advantages over per-diem subs:
*ATRs at least knew where they were going in the morning
*ATRs knew where to park or which train or bus to take
*ATRs had a years's time to become familiar with their students,
their administrators, their school culture.
It seems that all that will be lost. Is it worth saving a job with full salary and benefits? Absolutely. Is it a darn shame? That too, absolutely.