Monday, December 11, 2017

Asking the Courts if Fair Student Funding is Fair to Students and Teachers

Glass Krakower, LLP ( is evaluating the potential for a class-action suit on behalf of teachers, most of which are members of the Absent Teacher Reserve pool (ATR).

We will begin by circulating this questionnaire below.

The general approach would be to indicate how the New York City School system's budget formula, called Fair Student Funding, is de-incentivizing school administrators from hiring experienced educators.


  1. I was excesed from an intermediate school because of a common branch license and teaching 6th grade math.
    I was in that position for 14 years. New principal came in and excessed most common branch teachers.

  2. I was excessed from a high school that closed in 2012. The first three years I took provisional positions hoping to show my skills and to be hired. In two instances teachers with zero experience were hired in my place. In one instance I was lied to and told that I was hired permanently, but was in ATR provisional status all along.

  3. I was excessed from a Manhattan High School in 2010. The school itself was phased out 2 years later. I brought a grievance against the exceessing because the school population was close to 1,000. NYS education law requires a school librarian with a population of 500. I lost the grievance because the principal claimed there was a budgetary crisis. The first year, I was assigned for the entire year to the library of another Manhattan high school while one of the two librarians assigned there was sent as an ATR to another Manhattan high school.This meant that neither of our salaries came from the school's budget. Since 2011, I've been provisionally placed in libraries at other high schools for various reasons., e.g., librarian on sabbatical; assist during preparation for a library renovation or for its being demolished. I've also covered classes in areas outside my license. For most of the 2015-16 year, I was assigned to a middle school and served as the second teacher primarily in math classes.