The statewide teachers union filed a federal lawsuit late Wednesday over the state Department of Education’s policy of requiring teachers to sign confidentiality agreements before scoring tests based on the Common Core standards.
The New York State United Teachers argues in the legal action that the confidentiality requirement — which the labor group says is essentially a “gag order” against teachers is unconstitutional and violates free speech rights.
NYSUT argues the SED policy prevents teachers from raising issues with state testing out of fear of reprisal.
The gag order is without doubt meant to silence any criticism of the tests by keeping teachers from speaking out about particular test items they find that are poorly designed.
NYSED and the Regents would like to keep future "Pineapple and Hare" debacles under wraps through the threat of a lawsuit and license revocation on teachers.
And of course, the NYSED goons carry those threats out at times.