We criticized Leo Casey last week when we felt he was trying to sell us a lousy evaluation agreement as a professional gain. If the UFT reaches a final agreement with Bloomberg on a new evaluation system, then tenure will be weakened considerably. However, we also are not shy about complementing Leo and the UFT leadership when they do right by members.
Certainly Leo and the UFT leadership's defense of teachers in the aftermath of Teacher Data Report release is exactly what the UFT should be doing in response to publication of what is unscientific junk. Rating teachers on how much value they add to their students based on invalid tests is wrong in so many ways. Leo's advocacy for a teacher the NY Post tried to shame because she had a low score on student growth in her TDR was terrific. The NY Post hit a new low when they sent reporters to basically stalk this fine teacher, Pascale Mauclair, who received low ratings.
Maybe now people will understand that these TDR's with huge margins of error are a completely useless way to rate teachers. Hopefully, the thought of having an annual release of how students in a particular teacher's class do on standardized tests or other assessments will energize teachers to stand up and collectively oppose any new evaluation system that links student test scores to teacher job performance.
In other news, the Educational Impact Statements for the PLA schools the DOE wants to close on June 30 are in the process of being released and these statements are more absurd than ever. Basically, they blame teachers for everything. Does anyone really believe that replacing at least half of the staff in these schools will lead to better education? April 26 is when the PEP will be voting to close these schools and reopening them the following day. We should all be there to say to stop this madness
We need to fight to end mayoral destruction of the public school system now before there is nothing left.