ATRs, the unrepresented -- no elected representatives in the UFT

"The right of voting for representatives is the primary right by which other rights are protected.
"To take away this right is to reduce a man to slavery, for slavery consists in being subject to the will of another."
Thomas Paine, First Principles of Government

Hello, ATRs are suing

Thursday, October 24, 2013

ATR meeting: DOE's coming observations and what can we do?

ACR/ATR meeting, welcoming all displaced UFT members from all boros Time: Monday, October 28, 5:00 pm

Site: Georgia Diner, 86-55 Queens Boulevard, Elmhurst, Queens, parking at 55th Ave entrance, near the SE exit of the Grand Ave. station, M and R trains.

*Teachers are being observed in sessions out of license, and out of grade range; and have received U ratings for such lessons

*From the start of the rotation system, the UFT leaders have supported the UFT's observation policy, even backing judgment on classroom management

*Amy Arundell newly conceded at the October 10 official, not well-publicized, Queens UFT ATR meeting that teachers rated for their substitute performance from observations have received U ratings for the end of the year..previously, she claimed that the ATRs receiving end of year U’s received them for conduct or attendance

*Given that the DOE has an unbeatable record with 3020s

*do teachers feel that it is appropriate that these substitute performances with unfamiliar students in unfamiliar rooms and schedules, could impact their careers?

*We are not being evaluated for teaching, but for controlling unfamiliar students; quality teaching comes from relationships with students that develop over time

*Are we in coverages to help students with the subject they expect that period or is our purpose to demonstrate lessons as the DOE and the UFT advocate?

*Why do we lack elected displaced teacher representatives that would understand our experiences?


  1. This is another bloomshit initiative to bother teachers as much as possible. The crazy nut mayor figures he must do something with the atrs before his departure from office so why not send more pit bulls after the teachers.....The good news is that diblasio will reverse and mend any of the bloomshits crazy stunts and get the teachers in the classroom

  2. Mikey bloomberg, how in the world can you say that you are a business man when indeed you have thousands of teaches and guidance counselors, social workers and assistant principals rotating to a different school every week. This can be your education legacy that you failed to utilize the educators to their full potential. I've seen crack smoking mayors in the news recently which brought to mind that yes, just because someone is mayor does not alienate them from the misfortunes human beings are guilty of. In the case of the ATRs, your political ignorance as well as your educational ignorance allowed you to create this insane system of not using all of your resources. Shame on you bloomberg. You know, a crack smoking mayor might not be as dangerous as you have been to the livlihood to many people of this great city. As the ole saying goes, so long, fare well and dont let the door hit you in the backside as you leave shorty.

  3. My field supervisor sent me a letter informing me of what she will be looking for in observations. She is nuts. I wish I could upload the letter up here.