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  1. Sept 2014 is the beginning of the 5th year of being an ATR. For the first three years I was teaching in license (earth science), or close to my license (special ed science), for full year curriculums at individual schools in Queens and Brooklyn. I have received fantastic letters of reference from co-teachers and administrators, but never a job offer. At one school, 85% of my students passed the Earth Science regents (documented in a letter from the principal), but still no job offer…..that principal even went out of his way to ensure I was not present when he announced a science vacancy for the next year. Why has NYC hired many hundreds of brand new science teachers when myself, and others highly qualified candidates, are being paid full salaries?

    • We need to expose this William… We have to. Imagine going to a doctor’s consultation and choosing between a 2yr neurologist and a 30 yr neurologist. Fill out the form.

    • It all comes down to $!!!.
      A new teacher would cost less to hire than you! Not fair, but this is the reason! The DOE wants to get rid of experienced teachers and hire newbies for less money.

  2. All I have to say is that we all know the reason for all of this. The principals have too much power and control of the budget for their schools. Why would they pay for good Teachers and Guidance counselors when they can use that money to line their own pockets.

  3. It all comes down to $!!!.
    A new teacher would cost less to hire than you! Not fair, but this is the reason! The DOE wants to get rid of experienced teachers and hire newbies for less money.

    • Yes, it does come down to $$$ when the principals control the budget. But how much money is the DOE wasting on principals? Imagine all these school buildings with five, six, or seven mini schools, each principal earning $150k per year, add to that the salaries for the APs for each mini school. Has there ever been a cost analysis on how much money the DOE is wasting on the administrative part for maintaining all these schools?

  4. I am excessed permanently certified reading teacher. I have started my 9th as an ATR. My first 5 years I was in one school and I was used as a reading teacher. The principal of the school loved me but she clearly stated she couldn’t afford me. During my time there she place teachers that were already on her staff as reading teachers that were not licensed reading teachers. She justified it to me that she was not hiring anyone new for those positions. On my 6th year I was transferred to another school and worked in a CTT class for most of the year. I was the general ed teacher in that class. Might I add I am not licensed as a general teacher. I’ve been told that I can not teach a position out of license. Yet I spent most of the year working out of license. On my 7th year I attained a position teaching the ELA component in a Humanities class. I was kept for one year and excessed again. When I received my rating from the state I came back as effective. Keep in mind I was an early childhood teacher that was promised training that I never got. My classes did better than any other class on my grade. Yet I was excessed again. I have spent two years in rotation and every classroom I stepped into I was out of license. This year starts my 3rd year in rotation and it will be the same story. I don’t understand how our union allows this travesty.

  5. Principals are not using or hiring guidance counselors. As an atr guidance counselor I have traveled to many schools only to see 1 guidance counselor handling 4-500 students and totally overwhelmed. Last school year the school I was assigned to a school for term 2. The school had 500 students yet only 1 guidance counselor. Many of the 9th grade students never met a counselor. I’ve seen small schools with a guidance counselor in the corner of the main office with a desk – Again, neglecting students by not having the proper counseling services. All the while – I see hundreds of guidance counselors “rotating from school to school sitting in the lounge” You cannot make this up.

  6. Another Guidance Counselor

    FROM THE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION WEB SITE:
    ****HARDLY WHAT IS GOING ON IN OUR SCHOOLS***** NOT EVEN CLOSE…..DOE IS A SHAM ORGANIZATION FILLED WITH POLITICAL JARGON WHILE PRETENDING TO BE “STUDENTS FIRST” HYPOCRITE CRAP…
    ii.In grades 7-12, the guidance program shall include the following activities or services:
    a.an annual review of each student’s educational progress and career plans, with such reviews to be conducted with each student individually or with small groups by personnel certified or licensed as school counselors;
    b.instruction at each grade level to help students learn about various careers and about career planning skills conducted by personnel certified or licensed as school counselors, or by classroom teachers in cooperation with school counselors;
    c.other advisory and individual or group counseling assistance to enable students to benefit from the curriculum, to help students develop and implement postsecondary education and career plans, to help students who exhibit any attendance, academic, behavioral or adjustment problems and to encourage parental involvement, provided that advisory assistance shall be provided by teachers or counselors, or by certified teaching assistants under the supervision of counselors or teachers, and that such individual or group counseling assistance shall be provided by certified or licensed school counselors or by certified or licensed school psychologists or certified or licensed school social workers in cooperation with school counselors; and
    d.the services of personnel certified or licensed as school counselors

  7. Another Guidance Counselor

    Principals who cannot balance budgets are left with trying to balance their budget – so – guidance services can be a hidden trick to spend money elsewhere while the students are suffering. Principals think they are doing the right thing not having more than one guidance counselor – Most new 9th graders – the group thirsty for guidance services helping them adjust to high school have never seen a guidance counselor!! Principals should be ashamed of themselves!!! These leadership academy pin heads were brain washed by bloomberg – sickeninig system – I feel sorry for students who do not see counseling services now until they are a senior – pitiful – disgraceful reminance of the bloomberg years – And finally if I see another “non profit” counseling service in a school I will report this to the UFT. These so called “non profit” services send non licensed “counselors” to schools while licensed, certified experienced DOE guidance counselors sit in the teachers lounge reading the paper or tablet!!!!!! What a sham the DOE is…really need to take a look at this travesty system hurting for someone to intervene – please I do not want to see another certified, licensed DOE guidance counselor sitting around waiting to be “rotated” next week to a different school!!!!!!!PLEASE HELP DIBLASIO

    • Sadly, the excessing of Guidance Counselors will continue. One Leadership Academy drone explained to me that it was not a terrible thing, since many (most) teachers now are saddled with an “advisory” twice a week.

  8. I just want to add that the guidance counselors sitting around in the teachers lounge are forced to be there as clueless principals instruct the office to have ATR counselors go to the lounge – it is not that these guidance counselor do not want to work its the brain dead principals instructing them and they calling the “non profits”

  9. The guidance counselor in my school is on his 30th year, and said he is “not ready yet” to retire. Why should he? He’s beloved by the powers that be, and his job is “cake”. That’s just the way it is. Who said that life is fair? Never was, and never will be.

  10. As an ATR Guidance Counselor I was asked to patrol the hall, sit in front of the bathroom, monitor the cafeteria during the lunch periods, sit in a SAFE room with a suspended student, I turned down each assignment and was met with hostility from the principal and a subordinate henchman. I’ve been denied a bathroom key(we don’t have any extras and the custodian said we can’t copy any) and basically been ignored, great opportunity to catch up on my reading. Some schools are pleasant if there’s a library others are awful and there may not be a lounge.

    • Good for you refusing to be misused.

      • In my present assignment, “the henchman” suggested some nonsensical assignments for me stating that “She doesn’t do anything anyway”.
        Touché!

      • In my present assignment, “the trusted follower of the principal” suggested some nonsensical assignments for me stating that “She doesn’t do anything anyway”.
        Touché!

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