In New York City, when large schools close, many teachers are left without assignments.
Through no fault of their own, with no poor job evaluation, they join the Absent Teacher Reserve.
They float through the system, from school to school, hoping someone will hire them.
They are paid, but they are treated to soul demoralization.
There is now an entire class of teachers in New York City called ATRs.
This is reform.
Experienced, knowledgeable teachers, treated like dirt.
Careers in tatters.
Lives tossed aside.
The tenth year–or is it the eleventh?–of reform in the New York City public schools.