Hundreds of tenured employees will be re-assigned, now on a weekly basis, as part of the Absent Teacher Reserve (ATR) group. This group includes:
(a) those individuals who were found guilty of misconduct and/or incompetency at 3020-a but were not terminated;
(b) those who were exonerated at 3020-a but whose UFT reps and Children's First Network (CFN) leaders didn't (couldn't or wouldn't) find a job to fit their professional licenses;
(c) those who paid thousands of dollars to buy back their jobs, who sold the NYC Board of Education their rights to a hearing and to the right to sue the BOE for putting him/her in this pool in the first place;
(d) those excessed from the schools that were "failing" and then closed or held hostage by the charter school industry;
(e) anyone else whom the BOE wanted to terminate but could not find a rational reason to re-assign somewhere.
ATR status means that you are a person without a chapter, a person without a title that is recognized under Union rules.
The good news is that you ATRs are pioneers, just like the people who spent 2-7 years in a Rubber Room, and maybe somebody someday will write your story for a series called "Lost in New York City."
This notice came out October 5, 2011: