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Default New York City: Unassigned city teachers bill rises to $136 million


Unassigned city teachers bill rises to $136 million
By Selim Algar
June 14, 2018 | 12:16pm | Updated

The bill for the city’s unassigned teacher pool ballooned to $136 million at the beginning of the year, according to a new report from the Citizens Budget Commission.

Citing runaway costs, the watchdog urged the city to either abolish the Absent Teacher Reserve or limit enrollment to six months.

Teachers are placed in the pool due to incompetence, disciplinary issues or school closures. They are cycled through temporary positions at various schools while drawing their regular *salaries.

Some ATRs have argued that many otherwise viable instructors are unjustly banished to the list because of downsizing or vendetta-waging principals.

The CBC found that ATR costs have steadily risen as teachers age and accrue contractual salary increases despite working irregularly.

On average, ATR teachers have 18 years on the job and a salary of $98,126. That compares with 10.2 years and $84,108 for city instructors overall, the report said.

The city recently gave financial incentives for principals to hire ATRs in an effort to shrink their rolls.

A DOE spokesman said the ATR is shrinking.
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