Fight Back Friday: Teacher Evaluations

Of course teachers support evaluations.

Teachers have to grade – evaluate – students every day, week, month, year.

The interesting thing is, NYSUT and the State Education Dept. were both fully in support of the current Teacher/Principal Evaluation Law when it helped New York state win Race To The Top funding in August 2010.

We worked hard – together – to make it happen.

Here’s the SED press release praising the unprecedented support for the legislation that provided for the new teacher and principal evaluation system.

Here’s a quote from Regents Chancellor Merryl H. Tisch:

I want to extend a special thank you to United Federation of Teachers President Michael Mulgrew and New York City Schools Chancellor Joel Klein for appearing with us in Washington to help successfully make the case for New York.”

And here’s a quote from John B. King, then SED’s senior deputy commissioner:

We are especially grateful to our partner organizations whose efforts in securing a high level of support strengthened our application, particularly: the New York State United Teachers, the New York State Council of School Superintendents, the New York State School Boards Association, the BOCES District Superintendents, and the New York City Charter School Center.  We also want to thank Assembly Education Committee Chair Cathy Nolan and Senate Education Committee Chair Suzi Oppenheimer for their leadership and support.”

The state Legislature unanimously passed the Teacher/Principal Evaluation Law.

The state Supreme Court has upheld that law.

What is blocking implementation is the State Education Department wanting different regulations than what was passed in the law.

Here’s more detail on the process.

Face it: It’s not in the best interest for those who want to paint our schools as dysfunctional and failing to let the facts get out.

One way NYSUT is fighting back is by paying for ads (PDF).

The ads are appearing in the Albany Times Union; Buffalo News; Newsday; Rochester Democrat and Chronicle; and Syracuse Post-Standard, as well as thePoughkeepsie Journal, Utica Observer-Dispatch, Binghamton Press and Sun-Bulletin and Plattsburgh Press-Republican. Ads are also appearing on newspaper websites and several weeklies that cover state politics.

You can fight back by writing a letter to your local newspaper.

You can also keep track of what’s going on with this website to “Learn More about Teacher Evaluations.”

Find out what’s really going on with teacher evaluations in New York – and where we stand.

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