I read my NY Teacher today where President Michael Mulgrew said in his President's Perspective column the following:
Right now in New York City, teacher evaluation and observation are toxic in too many schools. Principals are not using observations to give productive feedback, and it's getting worse.
What does our esteemed President propose we do to change this situation?
The answer is he is supporting a change to the teacher evaluation law that will do absolutely nothing to lighten the Danielson observation burden that teachers in NYC now face.
New York State Allies for Public Education, Leonie Haimson's NYC Public School Parents Blog, Democratic Party candidate for Governor Cynthia Nixon, Professor Diane Ravitch and of course the ICEUFT blog are united in saying we need to repeal the entire evaluation system. That would return to a satisfactory/unsatisfactory system with its mandated one formal observation per year for tenured teachers on maximum or an alternative to observations. The bill that passed the Assembly and is now in the Senate merely tweaks the awful teacher evaluation law in place since 2015. It leaves test based evaluation in place and does nothing about Danielson observations.
Please join 1,280 of your closest friends in signing our petition and just as importantly tell everyone you know to sign on to tell the Legislature and Mulgrew that the time is right to repeal the entire evaluation law.
The misguided, inadequate bill to slightly alter the evaluation system is on the UFT Executive Board agenda for Monday evening. We will have more to say as this moves along.