In our last post, "The Nitty-Gritty Details," we summarized the new rules for the deployment of teachers in the Absent Teacher Reserve (ATR).
Now, as promised, we will attempt a little analysis.
But what about some of the other provisions that discuss "tryout" assignments for ATR teachers? Here is our humble analysis; parental caution is advised.
1. POINT: Vacancies created by long-term absences will be covered by ATR teachers on a "trial basis," prior to a school using a per-diem substitute. A principal may remove an ATR teacher from such a "trial" coverage at any time, at which point the teacher will remain in the school until the end of the week.
COMMENT: Principals will still be able to give a long-term substituting assignment to a friend, or to a friend of some higher-up in the CFN, or to some young lady they would like to befriend. All they need to do is to let an ATR cover the position for a day or two, declare it a bad fit, and go ahead with their friendly little favor.
2. POINT: "Clear vacancies" will be be offered to 3 ATR teachers on a "tryout" basis, prior to using a substitute. The tryout period has no minimum duration; the ATR teacher may be removed from the tryout position at any time.
COMMENT: This sounds a lot like the first item; wait, though, it get's worse when you see POINT 3.
3. POINT: A school may hire a non-ATR candidate to permanently fill a clear vacancy, without previously trying out any ATR teachers.
COMMENT: In other words, which crazy principal would try out an ATR for a "clear" position if he already has a cheaper (or better-looking) alternative waiting in the wings?
4. POINT: The Division of Human Resources will arrange for all schools to interview at least two appropriately licensed ATR teachers per term.
COMMENT: Sorry, Mr. or Ms. ATR, you will be schlepping around for a bunch of meaningless interviews.
SUMMARY: If a principal is amenable to hiring from the ATR, the new deal will provide opportunities for ATR teachers to showcase their talents during a trial assignment. If, however, a principal prefers to hire from the outside, this deal provides ATR teachers with nothing but empty, pro forma tryouts.