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Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Budget Update - NO Changes To APPR Teacher Evaluations

This afternoon I wondered if Shelly Silver had caved to Governor Cuomo on the charter school issues yet.

I also wondered if there would be any changes to either the Common Core implementation or Cuom's APPR teacher evaluation system. 

Daily Politics reports the following:

Gov. Cuomo and state lawmakers are zeroing in on a deal that would set aside $300 million for a full-day prekindergarten in New York City, the Daily News has learned.

Sources close to the talks say additional money would also be given to the city that can be used for after-school programs,  though it woulnd't be specifically earmarked for that purpose.
All told, the sources said, the emerging budget deal would likely provide a total package close to what Mayor de Blasio has been seeking--though without the increase in the city income tax the mayor had been seeking to fund the expansion.

But, as with anything in the flow of budget talks, the sources warn no deal is set until the final budget is agreed upon.

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The emerging budget deal will also set aside additional money for full-day pre-K programs outside the city. But, sources said, that money will have more flexibility so districts can also use it to beef up full-day kindergarten programs.

In addition, it’s expected that an education bond act that will go before voters will set aside money for pre-kindergarten classroom construction as well as additional space so the city can close down the trailers that house some classes.

Legislative leaders reported progress on the budget talks. Sources said a deal to delay the impact of the Common Core testing on students--but not the teacher evaluation process--for two years has been agreed to.

One source said the major outstanding issues involve charter schools, an anti-corruption package, campaign finance reform and the DREAM Act.

Cuomo held fast to the teacher evaluation law - as was expected.

Looks like no changes to APPR and teachers will be evaluated  with the Common Core "assessments" despite the contention by Cuomo and Company that the CCSS tests are not ready for prime time evaluation for children.

But so far, if Daily Politics is to be believed, Shelly hasn't given Cuomo his charter school protections yet.

14 comments:

  1. So let me get this right: Students in NYS state will be forced to take Common Core tests that have no bearing on their education but the test results will be used to decide which teachers loose their jobs? Way to go Cuomo. The only "good" thing from this crap is that parents are going to be quite pissed that their kids are still going to be in constant test prep mode due to the fact that their kids teachers need to get the test scores up to keep their jobs.

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    1. I would think it opens the whole system up to lawsuits as well. Not good for students, but good for teachers? That should be challenged in court.

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  2. http://www.the-american-interest.com/blog/2014/03/25/indiana-rejects-common-core/

    Indiana regents Common Core.

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    1. The changes Indiana made to CCSS are minor according to some CCSS critics. It seems to amount to a rebranding of CCSS rather than a dismantling of it.

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  3. The lawsuits will happen but it will also be a battle for sure. We know he data used is flawed and that is the real reason why it will not be used to "evaluate" students. However, NYS will just say that they don't want to use the data "yet" for students but will say the data is fine for teachers. A lawsuit will have to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the data collecting technique is indeed flawed enough to be rendered invalid. Any teacher who personally sues or if there is a class action lawsuit better get geared up with some hard data/research to show how the data is worthless to be used to evaluate teachers. This is going to get interesting for sure.

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    1. Seems to me Bruce Baker as a witness for the antiAPPR side could just what you're saying needs to be done.

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  4. Dont worry, the lawsuits will fail. Cuomo will get to the courts too. Sorry RBE but I am sure we are screwed.

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    1. He hasn't quite gotten to them yet. Doesn't mean a court challenge would be successful, but I am skeptical that the courts are completely acting in Cuomo's interests.

      Also, remember too that since pressure remains on teachers no matter what the moratorium does for kids, parents are still going to see how their kids are being unduly affected by the CCSS tests. Remember many parents are pissed over all the overtesting. APPR causes much of that overtesting, not CCSS. So as long as APPR remains in effect, so will public outrage over the overtesting.

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  5. Rochester teachers in court over assessments ?

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  6. http://www.rochestercitynewspaper.com/rochester/teachers-union-sues-over-evaluations/Content?oid=2346958

    Rochester teachers sue on assessments

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