Although the ATR system is not efficient or ideal in terms of having experienced educators permanently in the classroom, teachers can somewhat educate on a short term basis. School psychologists, social workers and guidance counselors however really need the time to work and build rapport with their students.
This very necessary time with students is not afforded to ATR psychologists, social workers and guidance counselors. Instead of being permanently placed in schools where they are very much needed, they continue to be inefficiently used and moved around.
The UFT passed a resolution last summer to more efficiently assign these titles, but has not acted on it.
JUNE 15, 2016
WHEREAS, there are UFT Guidance Counselors and Social Workers in the ATR pool; and
WHEREAS, the Department of Education rotates those Guidance Counselors and Social Workers each month; and
WHEREAS, schools have counseling and social work needs, but these require professionals who are assigned for a longer period of time; and
WHEREAS, the United Federation of Teachers values the dignity of all our members; therefore
WHEREAS, the United Federation of Teachers have consistently argued to the Department of Education that the current rotation system is not appropriate for Guidance Counselors and Social Workers due to the nature of their work and have advocated for assignments to schools for longer periods of time such that they can be a tremendous benefit to the schools and students of New York City; be it
RESOLVED that the United Federation of Teachers will work with the Department of Education to change the rotation system so that Guidance Counselors and Social Workers in the ATR pool will be assigned to schools for a sufficient period so that they can continue to serve the children of NYC.
Now, months later, we see an initiative is set to help permanently hire ATRs through financial incentives, but this only includes in classroom teachers.
Why? Why would the UFT not take a stronger stance, despite the resolution to do so?
Why? Why would the NYC Department of Education not include these clinicians when there are well over 200 rotating in the ATR pool? See our ATRs By License List
For the sake our students, this error should be rectified quickly.
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