The Administration at Jamaica High School informed me yesterday that our School Improvement Grant money will soon be on the school's budget. One assistant principal asked if I felt a deal on the evaluation system was imminent now that the DOE will be releasing more funding to schools. I said that I didn't think it was a done deal yet but everyone I talk to and what I see on the internet points in the direction that the negotiations are close to being finished. In my circle, there is a strong consensus among rank and file UFT and CSA members that principals and teachers will be completely sold out when the new evaluation rules take effect. Based on the parameters of the law, this is a reasonable prognostication but as always the devil will be in the details.
I read the Gotham Schools post yesterday on where the negotiations stand currently. It looks to Gotham like things have not been settled but this does not look like it will end happily if the issues they are talking about are what's on the table.
Here is what Deputy Chancellor David Weiner laid out for possibilities on observations according to Gotham: "Should you have five (observations) a year of that pre-observation, observation, post-observation? Should there be two pre-observation,observation, post-observation? Should we eliminate the pre-observation and post observation and just make it an ongoing cycle of unannounced visits? Should the observation be shorter-- should [observers] come in for 15 minutes at a time?"
Five observations in addition to the junk science of value added. It's back to my probationary days. What are they trying to prove?
If I were negotiating, I cannot see circumstances where I would agree to a deal with the current city regime as anything they would sign will not be a teacher friendly or principal friendly system.
What do you think?