Wednesday, August 24, 2011

NYSUT Wins in Court on Teacher Evaluations

Some positive news for a change from Albany as a judge invalidated some new state education regulations on the teacher evaluation system. It looks like administrators will not be able to use one test to make up 40% of a teacher's evaluation.

Judge rules invalid some aspects of teacher-evaluation regulations

NYSUT claims victory i n court ruling

Ruling on teacher evaluations a win for education

NYSUT Media Relations - August 24, 2011
ALBANY, N.Y. August 24, 2011 — New York State United Teachers said today a state Supreme Court ruling on teacher-principal evaluations is a significant win for the state’s public education system.
“This decision upholds the role of practitioners and the value of collective bargaining,” said NYSUT President Richard C. Iannuzzi. “We are pleased the judge has upheld the statute as NYSUT interprets it. Today’s ruling is good for students and for teachers.”
NYSUT, Iannuzzi said, remains committed to a fair, objective and transparent teacher-principal evaluation process that uses multiple measures — a process upheld by the courts.
Iannuzzi added the union is hopeful the state Education Department will be at the table in collaboration with NYSUT in order to proceed in the context under which the statute is written.
NYSUT, the state’s largest union, represents more than 600,000 teachers, school-related professionals, academic and professional faculty in higher education, professionals in education and health care and retirees. NYSUT is affiliated with the American Federation of Teachers, Nationa l Education Association and the AFL-CIO.


Schoolgal said...

This is a great ruling. E4E says it was a slap in the face to Cuomo and Tish. Just on that alone makes it a great ruling!!

Anonymous said...

Now we have to work on trying to evaluate principals. Those who are abusive should be removed. Someone has to have direct oversight of principals because they often say anything about a teacher when their school is failing. They blame the teachers instead of looking at all the factors that are causing the school to perform poorly. No matter what the ruling, there are still many principals who are in it for the job, and not for the education of children. We need to make sure that teachers are evaluated fairly by their principals.