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Sunday, January 17, 2016

Somebody Tell The UFT And NYSUT They're STILL Using Test Scores In Teacher Evaluations

If you see the ads the unions are putting out, you'd think the test scores are gone from teacher evaluations.

They're not, as James Eterno at ICEUFT blog points out in his latest post.

Are the unions heads stupid, do they not know that Regents scores are still being used on teachers, that local tests are going to take the place of state tests for other teachers?

Nahh - the union heads are not stupid.

They think you are.

And they're kinda right.

How it is that teachers don't rise up en masse in the UFT and call Mulgrew on his shit is beyond me.

Same goes with the debt-riddled NYSUT.

How it is that the union heads get to call war peace and peace war in their ads (member dues-paid ads, btw) without the vast majority of the rank and file reacting in outrage is why this the sell-outs keep happening over and over.

I know some people think Friedrichs is going to change all of this, that once the unions lose 35%+ of their membership, they'll become more responsive with the rank and file and stop the lying, the condescension, the deception, the sell-outs.

But watching them pre-Friedrichs, I doubt that's the case.

The leaders running the unions wouldn't know how to run the union honestly, how to deal with the rank and file without condescension or deception, wouldn't be able to think of strategies to deal with management that aren't sell-outs.

These ads from the UFT and NYSUT proclaiming a four year test score moratorium in APPR are an outrage and an insult and just one more example why, when Friedrichs takes away the leadership's ability to take dues from people's paychecks, that many are going to take that opportunity to say goodbye to the unions.

It's a shame, it doesn't have to be this way.

The union heads could actually try and shift the way they run things, become more responsive to member concerns, less deceptive with and condescending to the rank and file, develop strategies that protect members instead of selling them out.

Alas, watching how they're doing things in the months before the Friedrichs decision comes down it's clear that the people in charge do not intend to do that.

10 comments:

  1. I agree 100%. The SCOTUS case will not change a thing. All the teachers at my school are clueless. They think test scores won't "count" in out evaluations. A Unity rep even came to our school and told that the Common Core tests are gone. But he did not mention that 50% of our evaluations will still be based on local measures which will most likely be state tests.

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    1. I wonder, does the Unity hack believe his/her own b.s. Some of these people are as clueless as anybody off the street. That's the way Unity likes 'em...

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  2. Is this a form of fraud that can gives teachers standing in the courts to sue the NYSED and UFT for damages? Any thoughts and the legal implications of this malfeasance?

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    1. Nope.

      The Friedrichs people would say its reason for why you shouldn't have to pay dues.

      I wouldn't agree with that.

      I would say that it's another example of why the leadership needs to be taken down politically and member-responsive leaders put in their place.

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  3. The same "Pollyanna" thinking is going on in my district. They look at me like I have three heads when I try to explain how test scores will count. I see no real change in the near future in education policy or "reform" and I will not be returning to teaching next year. It is so frustrating to be an observer and participant in the non-stop downward spiral of education. I will still keep fighting for education once I leave teaching but will not be shackled to supporting the union, Common Core, or the State Ed. Dept.

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    1. I'm starting to feel the same way. I never thought I would do anything but this, but now I'm not so sure I can continue much longer.

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  4. What ever happened to the decision in the Ledermann case? Has it been issued???

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    1. It has not and Sullio, another blogger, has written that Schneiderman has tried to have the case dismissed based upon the CCSS Task Force recommendation rendering APPR null. Which of course is NOT true in the least.

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  5. The union wants to be considered a player in Albany. Why they would want to be associated with this cesspool is beyond me. It's like getting into a pigsty for a romp...Must be the money, which flows downhill, just like raw sewage.

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