NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Several protests took place across New York City on Thursday morning against Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s plan to make big changes to the education system.
From Queens, to Brooklyn, to Manhattan, protesters hit the streets chanting, “Save our schools” and “Say no to Cuomo.”READ MORE: Sources: Salman Muflihi Faces Hate Crime Charges In Stabbing Of Asian Man In Lower Manhattan
Protesters are speaking out against the governor’s proposed education reforms that include an overhaul of the teacher evalution system, which as CBS2’s Andrea Grymes reported, parents fear will put too much emphasis on standardized testing.
“You’re dealing with students. They each have individual needs and circumstances,” Kathy Muzyka said.
Teachers’ Union President Mike Mulgrew thinks it’s a smoke screen.
“Maybe he wants to talk about all these bad ideas so we’re not talking about that he owes us a lot of money,” Mulgrew said.
Under Cuomo’s proposal, 50 percent of a teacher’s evaluation would come from students’ state test scores or in non-tested grades, a student growth measure calculating one year of academic growth.
Thirty-five percent would come from independent observations, and the remaining 15 percent from supervisor observations.
Back in January, the governor called the current teacher evaluation system “baloney.”READ MORE: Elizabeth Galarza Arrested For Allegedly Repeatedly Punching 2-Year-Old In The Face On Subway
“Thirty-one percent of third- to eighth-graders are proficient in English, but 99 percent of the teachers are rated effective,” Cuomo said.