I have been getting a lot of notes lately from teachers in APS about assorted concerns.
Here are two such notes, one about some teachers having to reapply for their jobs and the other about the CRCT scheduling this year. I contacted APS and have included the official response to why some teachers must reapply.
Here is the first teacher note:
Teachers at some APS schools were told today that they have to reapply for their jobs. They have to attend a job fair this Saturday, resubmit applications and resumes and respond to a writing prompt. Only teachers from schools that are being closed or from schools that are are being reclassified as primary or secondary have to do this. Grove Park and Woodson are included in this restructuring.
Teachers at these schools already face daunting challenges. They are the professionals who work with the neediest children. Please investigate why only teachers from schools affected by restructuring have to go through this ordeal. Also, teachers were told this the day before CRCT testing.
How can an administration justify these actions?
And here is a response from APS spokesman Keith Bromery:
APS made the difficult decision to close seven schools under a district-wide redistricting initiative and is also reorganizing the high school “small school” concept. The reality of these decisions is that we will have an excess of both administrative and instructional staff for the next school year. This means that personnel assigned to schools slated for closure or restructuring may be subject to a reduction-in-force under School Board Policy GBKA. A reduction-in-force means that certain educator contracts may be terminated due to the closing of schools and the loss of programs and students.
APS personnel impacted by these developments will have the opportunity to apply for positions elsewhere in the district. Several jobs fairs are being scheduled exclusively for APS educators, the first of which is Saturday, April 21 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Douglass High School. Principals at schools with available positions will have the opportunity to interview and hire these educators for their vacancies.
These developments are taking place at this time, because it was only a week ago that the Atlanta Board of Education approved the redistricting plan which was approximately two years in development. This is the time of year when staffing decisions at public schools are normally made in preparation for the next school year.
And, finally, here is a note from an APS educator about the CRCT administration this year:
You may already be aware of this – but I wanted to write and make sure as I consider this to be a poorly thought out plan:
APS is giving the CRCTs from April 17-April 30 (includes make-ups). The results will be received by the schools on or about May 11. For students that do not pass a critical section (3rd Grade = Reading and 5th Grade = Reading and Math), they will be given a re-test from May 17-May 22 (the last four days of school).
Previously, students have gone to summer school and then given the re-test after the remediation (summer school). This year, that will not be the case. This schedule adjustment doesn’t seem to have our students’ best interests at heart. I would also note that this probably affects the kids and their families that are, many times, least able to advocate for themselves.
–From Maureen Downey, for the AJC Get Schooled blog