A pool of teachers whom principals don’t want to hire may be headed back into the classroom, the Daily News has learned.
City Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña has had internal discussions with her staff about placing most of the 1,200 educators in full-time teaching jobs even though about half have disciplinary histories or unsatisfactory ratings, sources said.
The move would be a sharp reversal of a policy instituted under Mayor Michael Bloomberg in 2005 to have the teachers rotate as subs instead of foisting them on principals who didn’t want them.
But moving the teachers back into classrooms would save the city an estimated $100 million a year — money that could be allocated elsewhere.
The unassigned teachers lost their full-time jobs for a variety of reasons — 25% committed wrongdoing, 25% received an “unsatisfactory” rating, 40% worked in schools that closed or downsized and 10% teach subjects that are no longer offered in schools.
Awful framing of the issue from the Daily News - it's never mentioned that many of these teachers cannot get hired because of their salaries (i.e, no principal wants to take on an ATR high up on the pay scale) or that some of those "unsatisfactory" ratings are bogus (i.e., administrator gave "u"rating to get rid of teacher for reasons other than job performance.)
Still, it's good news if it's true that many ATR's will be placed back into classrooms.
These teachers should be working in classrooms full-time, not shuffled around their districts as substitutes.