After yesterday's cave-in to Cuomo, Tisch, King and the corporate education reform interests, the unions in NY State no longer serve any useful purpose for teachers.
They have allowed state tests to account for 40% of the new teacher evaluation system.
They have further allowed teachers to be declared "ineffective" overall as teachers if they come up "ineffective" on just that 40% measure.
In other words, the other 60% of the evaluation doesn't mean squat.
They have caved on appeals, allowing the chancellor to decide 87% of appeals of "ineffective" ratings.
They are allowing the city to add new standardized tests in every subject in every grade - not to measure student performance, but to grade teachers.
Indeed, the NY Times reported last year the city doesn't even plan to count the city tests for students.
They will only count for teachers.
Tell me, what exactly are these people at the unions doing for us?
I mean, other than collecting their paychecks and second pensions and collaborating with the corporate pols to destroy teachers?
The abomination that is yesterday's teacher evaluation deal becomes even clearer in the light of day this morning.
Neville Chamberlain and Michael Collins would be proud of Michael Mulgrew and Dick Iannuzzi.
They gave away everything and yet are declaring victory.
Heckuva job, fellas.
Starting next year, students will do nothing in school but prep for tests and take tests.
Principals will do nothing but observe teachers (since each teacher has to be observed at least twice a year - in my building, that means 240 observations a year.)
How will teachers who teach subjects that have no state or city tests be graded?
What kind of value-added measurement will the state use to grade teachers who teach subjects that are tested?
How will teachers know what other teachers they'll be compared to on the new evaluation bell curve?
The only thing we do know is that the UFT and the NYSUT both caved on EVERYTHING.