A close-up look at NYC education policy, politics,and the people who have been, are now, or will be affected by acts of corruption and fraud. ATR CONNECT assists individuals who suddenly find themselves in the ATR ("Absent Teacher Reserve") pool and are the "new" rubber roomers, and re-assigned. The terms "rubber room" and "ATR" mean that you or any person has been targeted for removal from your job. A "Rubber Room" is not a place, but a process.
Of course the NY Daily News does not want to speak with anyone who was actually at PS 6 when she was Principal, like my daughter and me, or people who were victimized by her when she became Superintendent of "Region 8" or District 15 in Brooklyn, where she lives, or victims of her revenge and retaliation when she was Deputy Chancellor. Oops - Mr. Brown, the reporter of the latest NY Daily News misinformation posted below, did call me, but I guess I scared him with all the information and facts that occurred over the past 17 years since I first met Carmen and her husband Tony at PS 6.
My opinion is that Bill De Blasio made a huge error in appointing Carmen Farina as Chancellor, and I stand on my past writing about her as I write this:
Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña talks plans to fix city's most troubled classrooms
When Chancellor Carmen Fariña was chosen about six months ago to lead the nation’s largest school system, she vowed to take a more aggressive approach to overhauling the city’s most troubled classrooms. In an exclusive interview with the Daily News, she unveiled some details of the plan.
It's simple mathematics: Subtract bad teachers, add incentives to keep the good ones and that equals better student performance in troubled schools.
When Chancellor Carmen Fariña was chosen about six months ago to lead the nation’s largest school system, she vowed to take a more aggressive approach to overhauling the city’s most troubled classrooms.
In an exclusive interview with the Daily News, she unveiled some details of the plan.
“We have put together a team which we will be announcing soon,” Fariña said. “Certainly some of the things we’re looking for is, which of the schools might need new leadership, which of the schools might need a new infusion of teachers. So this is part of the radar.”
Fariña said the city’s efforts to target and address troubled schools are driven by her desire to create a more equitable system, withoptionsfor high-quality schools available to every New York family.
The problem of inequality in the city schools has long endured, despite efforts of educators and politicians. Studies have shown that schools in needier areas are more likely to have poorly rated teachers and classrooms with fewer amenities.
Black and Hispanic students face a significant achievement gap in graduation rates and math and reading proficiency, with similar challenges faced by English-language learners. Data released last week showed about 87% of white students graduated — compared to about 60% of Black and Hispanic students.
Farina said a new deal worked out between the city and the teachers union will usebonuspay to attract better teachers to troubled schools. She says the extra pay for high-peforming teachers will encourage them to stay in the system longer.
Teachers union president Michael Mulgrew, who is believed to have taken a leading role in contract negotiations, said that Fariña’s approach will lead to better teachers in city classrooms.
“Carmen, more than anyone else, believes that the majority of the focus should be on helping develop teachers and figure out which ones will be successful and hold them here,” Mulgrew said.
Fariña, who in the 1990s transformed the teaching staff at Public School 6 as principal of the once-troubled upper East Side school, said that getting rid of bad teachers is also part of her plan.
“We have to get away from a quota system of how many teachers can be rated in any one category, but we still have to hold principals accountable for making sure that the ones that are not effective are not there,” Fariña said.
Fariña said she intends to offer lessons to city principals on how to create a paper trail on poor-performing teachers andremovefrom the system those who can’t make the grade.
“We used to have courses on how to write a letter forfilethat was going to pass muster with the lawyers. so we have to go back to some degree, to do that training,” Fariña said. “It’s not as unwieldy as it would appear to an outsider.”