City's Unwanted Teachers Drift Through a Life in LimboUpdated January 17, 2012 7:12am
before every Monday morning.
were trained. Others do paperwork. And some waste hours doing nothing.
to report the following week, and the cycle repeats.
who are paid their full salaries to work as substitutes. Most have been "excessed" by
budget cuts or school closings and have been unable to find new jobs. Others have
been liberated from the department’s notorious "rubber room," or have survived “unsatisfactory” ratings, and were deemed fit to keep teaching.
term, during which the school principal could decide whether to hire them. That
changed with the weekly reassignments, which went into effect in October as part of
a deal with the United Federation of Teachers to avert layoffs.
new jobs. The regular reshuffling gives them more opportunities to impress more
potential bosses, officials say. They also have access to job fairs, online job
announcements and recruitment consultations.
market” system, the DOE says.
millions of dollars by filling open positions with ATR members instead of hiring new
make way for younger, less expensive, talent. For proof, they cite a comment by
former Schools Chancellor Joel Klein, who proposed eliminating the ATR because it
cost the city $100 million.
teacher, and I enjoy working with kids. This is not what I had in mind when I decided
to do this for a living.”
program was eliminated. He spent the following year in the pool as a reading-
intervention specialist at a school in the Bronx. The next term, he taught gym. This
year, he has worked at a dozen different schools in the northern Bronx, filling in for
whatever staffer happens to be absent.
But the principal usually says there isn’t a spot available, and that his $86,000 salary
— nearly double the starting salary of a new teacher — is too high.
it’s not very satisfying because you know you’re not going to see these kids again.”
One of them, NYC ATR, is run by a former member of the pool who recently landed a
“provisional” job at a school he likes.
and it doesn’t benefit the teachers,” said the blogger, who asked to remain anonymous
out of fear that his new principal would cut him loose. “They are given meaningless assignments, so I don’t see who it’s benefitting.”
reaching a settlement with the DOE that freed him from a “rubber room,” one of the reassignment centers for teachers under investigation for incompetence or misconduct
— a system since abandoned.
related to his expertise. At one recent stop in Harlem, he spent half his day in a
day-care center, where students struggling to graduate dropped off their young
children. The other half of the day he had nothing to do.
he described as “a computer pushing people around to drive them crazy.”
on a little while longer, when he becomes eligible for a full pension.
but they’re forcing my hand.”
checked his email, where he found a note from the DOE's human resources
department. It ordered him to report the following week to P.S. 89 in Williamsbridge.
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