The clock was ticking this weekend for New York City and the union representing the city’s 75,000 public school teachers to agree on a teacher evaluation system.
In order to meet Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s Jan 17 deadline, New York City Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott said a deal with the union on teacher evaluations needs to be hammered out by Dec. 21. UFT President Michael Mulgrew shot back against ‘bogus deadlines.’
The bitter battle over teacher evaluations took a turn Friday as Mayor Michael Bloomberg vowed to call more than 1 million parents to give them the 4-1-1 on their kids’ teachers.
New York’s Legislature has given final approval to Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s bill limiting the release of teacher evaluations only to parents, not to the public.
The teachers union challenged the release of the reports. 18,000 teachers were ranked on a scale of 1-100. The list was released Friday after a year and a half long court battle.
The Teacher Data Reports grade teachers based on how much progress their students have made on standardized tests.
Amid a much-heralded state deal on teacher evaluations designed to improve the schools, Mayor Michael Bloomberg says he’s going ahead with his controversial plan to close 33 failing schools and possibly more down the raoad.
New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg also says the city has reached an overall deal with the teachers’ union on the contentious issue. The union, however, denies it.
If the New Jersey state legislature adopts a new recommendation, teacher evaluations could see a significant change.