Think about this for a minute: there are new agreements for ATRs ironed out by the UFT and DOE without representation by an ATR chapter leader. Why? ATRs have no Chapter!!! Right there you should begin to worry.
Don't jump out of your chair and run to the nearest office to sign up for the severance package or buyout. Read everything first, then decide it is right for you.
You should base your thinking on your status, such as do you have any "ineffectives"? Do you have a field supervisor biting at your heel?
If anything like that or any other random bad-thing-without-reason has happened to you, I would do the buyout and leave the Department. Once the "I'm never wrong" DOE puts their target on your back they can be relentless and it is not fun. It is downright insulting, harassing, and dangerous to your health. They obviously want newbies who cost less and are much easier to get rid of than tenured teachers/ATRs. But as you know, tenure has little value in NYC right now.
Nonetheless, consider all options for you, including whether or not you will get another job quickly or at all. If you are re-assigned, and/or charged with 3020-a, you have been placed on the "no-hire" problem code, and your fingerprints are flagged.
Stuff like the problem code must be reviewed and considered. Don't do anything in haste, and six months from now or a year from now realize you made the wrong choice.
Think think think. The great philosopher Winnie the Pooh always does.
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|UFT President Michael Mulgrew|
According to the UFT, ATRs who accept the buyout and retire or resign, have two options. Option 1 is to receive a lump sum of $50,000 or option 2 is to receive $35,000 and get six months of health benefits. However, if the ATR resigns to take the ATR buyout, they will no longer be eligible to receive the four lump sum payments of their retro money owed from 2009-10 and the 2% raise owed to them next June.that would cut deeply into the money received in the ATR buyout.
The major problem with the ATR buyout incentive is that the money is less than a half a year's salary for a 20 year teacher. Moreover, teachers who want to participate in NYSUT's attractive Catastrophic Major Medical (CMM) plan would not be able to since you must be an active member as of January 1, 2018 and the ATR buyout incentive is only for the time period between June 5 to July 14, 2017. Finally, many ATRs who are retiring at the end of the school year may have already put in their retirement papers and may not be eligible for the ATR buyout incentive since, according to Mulgrew's letter, they must submit their retirement papers between June 5 and July 14.
Based upon the failure of the previous ATR buyout in 2014 that saw just 8.5% of the ATRs take the incentive, I suspect that the DOE will be fortunate if 10% take the inadequate and insulting buyout. Honestly, I cannot see an ATR willing to resign for the buyout, maybe a few ATR retirees who haven't already put in their retirement papers might take advantage of the buyout but not many.
By the way, if you're an ATR assigned to a District, the new ATR agreement for the 2017-18 allows the DOE to place you in any District in your Borough. Another loss for the ATRs. Then again, our disconnected union leadership doesn't have to worry about what school they will be "forced placed" in.