NYC moves to clear controversial Absent Teacher Reserve, but it’s probably here to stay
No, the controversial Absent Teacher Reserve isn’t going anywhere — despite recent headlines trumpeting its end.
But the education department is taking aggressive new moves to significantly whittle down the reserve. Often referred to as the ATR, it is a costly pool of educators whose positions were eliminated when their schools lost enrollment or changed programming, or who faced disciplinary issues.
“We never announced to principals, superintendents or to press that the changes we are making mean the end of the ATR, full stop,” a spokesperson for the education department wrote in response to questions from Chalkbeat.
The policies at play here are complicated. But they are worth understanding because they could have some unintended consequences — and real effects on the quality of teachers who end up in front of some of the most vulnerable students in the city.
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