Teachers Union Fighting Against Controversial Evaluation

NEW YORK (1010 WINS/WCBS 880) — United Federation of Teachers President Michael Mulgrew is trying to stop education Chancellor Joel Klein from releasing a controversial teacher evaluation.

LISTEN: WCBS 880’s Peter Haskell reports

Mulgrew called the teacher rating reports unreliable, incorrect and so subjective and imprecise that the reports are useless, 1010 WINS’ Stan Brooks reports.

Mulgrew said the information is unfair to teachers, students and parents.

“And that is the information that Chancellor Klein wants to release to the parents. Bad information based on bad data and he is trying to mislead the parents—the thousands of parents of New York City,” Mulgrew said.

It’s a recurring problem, Mulgrew said, and the report does nothing to help students.

“To once again mislead them just as he did with the test scores for years when he knew there was a problem with the test, he still went public and told the parents, ‘Everything is great. What a wonderful job we’re doing.’ He misled everyone then, and this is what he’s trying to do again now,” Mulgrew said.

Mulgrew said the report is based on methodology that national experts consider to be unproven.

“When there is a reliable value add system, which this is not—this has been absolutely categorically called invalid by educational experts,” Mulgrew said. “When there is a reliable value add system, we have put a place in the law to plug that in. That is responsible. And that’s what children need. And that’s what parents need.”

So, asks WCBS 880’s Peter Haskell, what does Mulgrew say to parent who want to know if their kids’ teachers are any good?

“Go and talk to the teachers. They want, you know, teachers love the children, they want to make a difference, that’s why they get into this profession,” said Mulgrew.

LISTEN: WCBS 880’s Peter Haskell with comments from the teacher’s union

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  • Shannon G

    As a teacher, I have never and would never join a union. My ability to motivate students to want to learn, to have fun learning, but most of all to simply LEARN..does not need a Union thug to make it work. I love teaching and I love students even difficult students, I have taught overseas, in low income areas, at private schools, and for almost free. My students have all done very well and many remain in contact with me even now…years after they were in my classroom. Teachers who need unions to keep their jobs are not in the right career field.

    • tHOMAS sMITH


  • A. Conway

    Please watch the movie-“Waiting for Superman”!

  • Joseph T

    Unions all have the same purpose – more money and less work

    • CompanyMan

      All businesses have the same purpose–more money (profit) and less pay (to their workers)

  • mike

    Unions are for hourly blue-collar workers, not for professionals. Teachers Unions are bad for education.

  • Frank Frank

    z z zodiac- You are an idiot- They care and spend more time with your kids in a week than you do in a month!! I am not a teacher and do not envy anything they have to acomplish with the tools given and having to deal with ignorant people / parnets like you!

  • z z zodiac

    Unions again against change. The teachers union does not care about children.

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