He laid out two possibilities for what will happen from here:
The second, and less likely one, is that the UFT and the NYCDOE will not come to an agreement and the union will have to go the mattresses and
"get out into our communities to make sure that parents and others know that we, as always, are fighting to make the school system better for the kids we serve."
The first possibility, and the one I would bet the mortgage on, is that the UFT and the DOE come to an agreement on some egregious and awful evaluation system, in which case Mulgrew says
"we will need to do a lot of work very quickly to stop the spread of myths and misinformation. Communication and collaboration between colleagues will be key. Every school will also need to have a clear understanding about how to proceed."
And you know what he means by "myths and misinformation," don't you?
He means teachers in individual schools telling their colleagues the truth about this system rather than parroting the Unity talking points over it.
When that happens, the UFT will have to go on the attack and push back against anybody explaining how awful the system is and how badly we're all going to get screwed by the VAM and the 57 page Danielson rubric checklist and the growth models.
They'll try and muddy the waters with the kind of jive that Leo Casey was spewing here when the UFT decided it needed to push back against Diane Ravitch and Carol Burris for pointing out the flaws in the new APPR state evaluation system.
You can be sure that the UFT talking points over this negotiated deal will contain some version of the following:
1. The bad things in the deal that you think you're seeing, you're actually not seeing and here is Leo Casey's moral and intellectual successor now that he's moved on up to the AFT to expand upon that point with 10,000 words of drivel that essentially say "Believe what we say, not your lying eyes!"
2. If you think this deal is bad, you should have seen the stuff the DOE really wanted to put into it - We saved you a whole bunch of other truly odious stuff, so be happy with what you got
3. The UFT actually took Bloomberg and Walcott to the cleaners on this, but the mayor and the chancellor need to save face in the newspapers over that, and we're letting them do so
They'll try their best to make this deal - with the added value algorithms, the Danielson framework and its 57 page rubric checklist, the 13% appeals rule, the test component that will count for every teacher who teaches a subject that ends in a state test or a Regents exam, the Student Learning Objectives process that may count for up to 20% of the local part of the evaluation and will take hundreds of hours a semester to complete and add tons of paperwork to every teacher's workload - seem like it's not as bad as it is and anybody who says differently about it, they'll attack as they did Ravitch and Burris last February.
The mythologizing and misinformation will come from Mulgrew and his merry men and women with the double pensions, not from teachers in schools who have been paying attention to the whole APPR process since the Race to the Top fight started and can see through the propaganda the UFT and the NYSUT are slinging around these issues.
So look for the hard sell to come as soon as this sell-out deal is announced and look for the UFT to attack anyone who points out the truth about this system - whether it's respected educators like Carol Burris, respected historians like Diane Ravitch or individual teachers like yourself.
Mulgrew and Company know they've given away the store, they know what happened in Chicago and there has to be some awareness, even from them, that if APPR plays out as badly as it looks like it is going to play out, with tons of teachers getting "I-Rated" every year and everybody else being driven crazy by the insane new mandates, they're going to be in trouble.
They've lived off manipulation, deception and the apathy of the membership for a long time, but a few years of APPR may change that.
The UFT spin machine will be in overdrive for quite some time trying to tamp down just how bad this evaluation system is.