Lies. Harassment. Bullying. Corruption. There is one tool (weapon) that can and is helping veteran and experienced ATRs fight back. Recorders.
More and more ATRs are reporting that they have audio recorded their field supervisors and principals.
“Shouldn’t you be thinking about retirement?”
“I saw no engagement in your class at all. (when recordings and documents clearly show engagement)”
“You’re an ATR and I can assign you to whatever I want!”
These are some of the clips sent to us with ATRs documenting countless more. Some want to share and others are waiting to use their clips as defense during bogus 3020-a hearings brought against them.
If you are an ATR being “counseled” through harassment and bullying, lies and violations to your rights, and you are not recording every meeting and observation…then you are crazy. Your only recourse to fight back is obviously not the UFT, but rather documenting and pushing back.
It is legal in NY and unfortunately your only weapon against a lying supervisor trying to push the agenda to get rid of veteran and experienced educators.
See one example below. Listen to how this NYCDOE Field Supervisor offers no support to the teacher who is asking them “What standard should I use?” This happens after the teacher is rated unsatisfactory for not using the right standard. Seems like the Field Supervisor did not even know. The ATR stated that even after weeks of asking, the Field Supervisor did not inform them.