|Carmen Fariña, the schools chancellor, and Mayor Bill de Blasio at a hearing in Albany last year. The city is spending $150 million on salaries for employees in the Absent Teacher Reserve. Mike Groll/Associated Press
How uninformed he is. No one can generalize about all ATRs as he did, because the individuals who are in the ATR pool are as diverse as you could make any large group. Some are not good teachers, it is true. But some are excellent teachers, the best there is, and should have the respect they deserve rather than a label that belittles decades of hard work.
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