I read through last Friday's UFT Weekly Update for Chapter Leaders and the NYSUT Leader Update that came out the same day.
The UFT Update reads like the Oklahoma teacher strikers didn't fare that well. The headline about the end of the Oklahoma strike was: "Oklahoma teacher walkout ends in mixed results."
On the other hand, here is what the Wall Street Journal said about the end of the strike:
Those are some pretty decent mixed results UFT.
On the state tests given last week, the UFT says absolutely nothing, not a word, in the weekly update.
As for NYSUT, they featured the problems with the state exams as the lead story in last Friday's NYSUT Leader Update.
foray into computer-based grade 3-8 tests is disastrous
While SED initially tried to
call it a "glitch," NYSUT called this week's rush to computer-based
testing nothing short of disaster. NYSUT's strong
criticism -- and accounts of a wide range of technological problems -- were
widely reported in news and social media posts around the state. In many of the
nearly 300 schools test-driving the new system, students were unable to log in,
lost work or had to repeat entire tests. Late Friday afternoon, SED
finally acknowledged what it called "an unacceptable failure."
The problems went far beyond
technical breakdowns. Educators raised numerous concerns with the traditional
pencil and paper tests, too. Our Twitter feed is filled with heartbreaking
anecdotes from members who described student frustration, exhaustion and
tears. This week's developments only added fuel to condemnation of the state's
testing system. On Monday, the day before testing began, NYSUT launched
an online Thunderclap calling for the state to fix
the unfair benchmarks that set proficiency rates for the standardized
tests. Here are NYSUT's
fact sheets outlining opt out rights for parents.
The UFT has been a joke of a union for a long time now. At least NYSUT is doing the right thing on testing and on teacher evaluation for that matter where they are calling for teacher evaluation to be returned to local districts free of state mandates.
Don't forget our petition. We need to spread that word as we are now close to 800 signatures to get rid of the Danielson-Junk Science teacher evaluations. The original goal in my head was to get to 1,000 which is certainly within striking distance. We are just a little caucus and need everyone to help us out so that more teachers and concerned citizens know about the petition.