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Sunday, October 5, 2014

Chaz' School Daze Post on the UFT Contract, ATRS, and Ebola: A Must-Read

A Must-read for all people anywhere is the new post on Chaz' School Daze blog.

I am re-posting here, but go to the original and read the comments which I am sure will continue to be entertaining.

Chaz is my favorite blogger, he gets it right.

Betsy Combier

Friday, October 03, 2014

Ebola, ATRs, And The 2017 Teachers Contract.

Now that we have a contract, its time to look ahead to 2017 and see how the UFT and the City will finally resolve the more than decade long ATR crisis that wastes talent and money.  

In 2017 New York City finds itself with an Enola outbreak and with close to a 50% mortality rate, its important that the City develop a vaccine as quickly as possible.  How will they get the volunteers to help? However, help is on the way in the form of the 2017 teachers contract.

The provisions of the new 2017 teachers contract will allow the DOE to "force place" ATRs into the City's voluntary Ebola vaccine trials. Any ATR who refuses to participate in the voluntary trials will have been considered to have voluntarily to have resigned.  Moreover, any ATR who refuses to be infected with the Ebola virus in the trials will be charged by the DOE with "problematic behavior"and terminated after receiving an expedited one day show trial by a DOE appointed hearing officer.

The expectation is that of the 2,000+ ATRs, half will be removed from the City payroll either by death, resignation, or termination.  In the New York Teacher Paper UFT President Michael Mulgrew calls this new ATR procedures a victory in draining the ATR pool of 50% of its members.

The DOE wants the surviving ATRs to be fired since they are infected with the Ebola virus and cannot be exposed to the students.  However, in a joint press conference with the new Mayor, Michael Mulgrew stated that the surviving ATRs will be put on a disability pension and receive 33% of their final average salary.  Mr Mulgrew further stated that its a win-win for all parties as he hugs the Mayor, Eva Muscowitz. Not only does the 2017 contract end the ATR crisis but increases educator salaries by the inflation rate and lengthens the school year to 225 days and increases the school day to 9 hours.

Yes, the new 2017 teachers contract is a win for the UFT leadership and the City and we all know that's the only thing that really matters.


Anonymous said...
can we sneak ebola into their lunchins?
Bronx ATR said...
The current ATR regulations expire in June 2016. I expect we will be force placed in the neediest schools, probably for a year at a time, irregardless of license area at that time. I do believe there is a 70% chance that Eva will be the next mayor ( perhaps Randi will become her running mate as she retires from the AFT and Mulgrew steps in). Deadly disease, the DOE, Eva, Randi, Mike, and the UFT all seem synonymous. How sad and sick is that?
Anonymous said...
Chaz, very funny and yes, I can see that happening.
Anonymous said...
With all this talk about "incompetent teachers in the system" who cannot be removed without castrating the rights of all teachers, why has the DOE not yet revealed the results of the Advance evaluations of city teachers for the last school year like the state did? Is it possible because the facts do not back up the claims that most teachers are incompetent like the media and others would have people believe? Show us the facts!!! Publish the results!!! Let's see how many teachers were rated ineffective and developing to prove that all this teaching bashing is necessary! Where are the facts to prove the need for all this talk?
Anonymous said...
Bronx ATR...

"irregardless"... really? Is that a word? (Hope you are not English licensed)
Anonymous said...
11:41, right on. SHOW THE RESULTS BITCHES!!!!!
Jerome'smom said...
Eva Moskowitz may run for mayor of New York City but she will never BE the mayor of New York City.
Anonymous said...
But if Eva becomes mayor and runs the city the same way she runs her charter schools... the foreign speaking people would have to leave NYC...the special needs people would have to leave NYC...there would be no contracts for labor unions...and no unions for that matter... And no one would really excel at anything (after all, not one of her charter kids got into a specialized high school...)

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