The powerful New York State United Teachers union and the Alliance for Quality Education — which is partially funded by NYSUT — plan to host a series of forums for parents and educators “to fill the void caused by the cancellations of PTA-sponsored forums” by state Education Commissioner John King.
The union’s membership is not a big fan of the way the state has implemented the Common Core; opposition to the plan was the driving force behind a spring rally on the Empire State Plaza that attracted thousands. NYSUT has called for a three-year moratorium on the use of state test scores as a component of a teacher’s evaluation.
Locations and dates for the evening events will be announced shortly. SED said on Wednesday that it was trying to develop a new format for the commissioner’s forums that would prevent them from getting as shouty as things got a week ago in Poughkeepsie.
Since the leadership at all the unions (from the UFT to the NYSUT to the AFT to the NEA) are such big fans of Common Core, I can't imagine these forums will be too different than the John King/PTA Common Core town halls.
True, NYSUT leadership has called for a three year moratorium on the high stakes attached to the Common Core tests and the new teacher evaluation system.
But they have pushed the Common Core State (sic) Standards as heavily as NYSED, the Regents, the USDOE and the Gates Foundation.
If the leadership was holding these forums to really hear the complaints parents and teachers have about the Common Core standards, the curricula that is being developed and rolled out for those standards by SED, the Common Core tests, and the teacher evaluation system that is inextricably tied in to the Common Core reforms, that would be swell.
Alas, I have my doubts that any forum "hosted" by Dick Iannuzzi and NYSUT will be anything but a snow job/propaganda-fest for the Common Core.
Dick at the NYSUT, as well as Mike, Randi and Dennis at the other unions, don't want to do anything to make their benefactor Bill Gates unhappy.
All you have to do is follow the money and see how much these union leaders are getting from Uncle Bill to know whatever criticism they have about the Common Core will be of the "Fix it, Don't Kill It" variety.
Many of the teachers and parents I have communicated with over the Core are of the "Core Can't Be Fixed, Must Be Ended" camp.