When news is spread that the New Jersey Education Department is going to cut the required number of teacher observations down for both new and veteran teachers, my guess is most teachers will be pleased by this development.
It seems, however, our union is as clueless in the Garden State as they are in NYC where the UFT just agreed to more observations than the state requires for NYC teachers.
RBE notes: "New Jersey Education Association argued for longer and more observations, but NJ cut the time spent on observations."
From the article:
"How can you really tell what a teacher is doing in two or three 20-minute snap shots," NJEA spokesman Matt Stagliano said in May, after the new rules were proposed.
RBE adds: "Why are the unions fighting for more and longer observations? Good God, everyone is stressed out, drowning from paperwork and living in fear of the drive-bys and the entities that purport to support us are fighting for MORE and LONGER observations."
Can someone help us out with this mystery?