Members and former members of Jamaica High School met last evening. I heard from people who are now in Brooklyn and Queens. Here is what my friends are reporting:
- The Danielson Framework for evaluating teachers is very anti-teacher and if it is implemented citywide, it will lead to many teachers being terminated. Teachers at the restart-transformation schools where they use Danielson universally hate it and many are blaming the UFT for not protecting them. We will provide specific details in a future post.
- Being an Absent Teacher Reserve and going from school to school on a weekly basis is a horrible way for people to make a living as it robs teachers of their professional dignity. ATRS pretty much feel they have been abandoned by the UFT.
- Newer teachers who are being denied tenure feel that the UFT does nothing to help them.
Not a pretty picture. However, when I go to Delegate Assembly meetings, I hear how it's not so bad out there.