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New Reserve Rules Upset Teachers, Report Says

Thursday, October 06, 2011 - 02:17 PM

New rules affecting how teachers are deployed from the Absent Teachers Reserve are resulting in confusion, GothamSchools reported Thursday.

More than 100 teachers without permanent positions attended a meeting organized by the teachers' union, the United Federation of Teachers, on Tuesday, and they "volleyed questions, demands, and some cries of exasperation," the Web site reports.

A deal between the union and the and the City Department of Education this summer made changes to the Absent Teacher Reserve โ€” the pool of teachers whose jobs were eliminated because of budget cuts or other changes in their schools โ€” requiring teachers to travel to a different school each week. The Web site says the first weekly assignments are being made Thursday.

It reports:

... union officials spent much of the meeting deflecting criticism from teachers who charged that the constant upheaval would not make use of their expertise and make them less likely to land permanent positions.

Read the full GothamSchools report here.

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