Re: [nyceducationnews] FW: City to Release Teacher Ratings After Union Loses Suit
- Oh well, will there be an appeal.
DoE will probably only issues letter grades (A,B,C,D or F) or numbers (4,3,2,1).
If they have to write a comment it may read, 'approaching the standard, etc.'
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From: "John M. Beam" <John_Beam@...>
Date: Tue, 14 Feb 2012 22:24:54
Subject: Re: [nyceducationnews] FW: City to Release Teacher Ratings After
Union Loses Suit
Well, we can hope that at least some teachers will win defamation suits when DOE and the Times publish damaging inaccurate information about folks. I imagine there will be enough inaccuracies and confused identities to constitute a class, as in class action. JMB
At 04:41 PM 2/14/2012 -0500, you wrote:
Can you think of any other employees, public or private sector, who have ever had been subject to having their job evaluations printed in the newspaper? Yet another method to further undermine teacher morale.
Charter school teachers are not subject, of course, to the teacher evaluation system pushed by the city and the state; which is probably the reason that DFER, the charter lobby, and the corp reformers have all pushed so hard on this new system: yet another way to favor the charter sector and undermine our public schools. Punitive and destructive accountability systems for everyone but themselves.
City to Release Teacher Ratings After Union Loses Suit
What do you think of the city's decision to release its ratings for
12,700 teachers? <http://www.nytimes.com/schoolbook/2012/02/14/city-to-release-teacher-ratings-after-union-loses-suit/#respond>
Feb. 14, 2012, 2:44 p.m.
M. Phillips <http://www.nytimes.com/schoolbook/author/anna-phillips/>
The United Federation of Teachers on Tuesday lost what appeared to be its final chance to block the release of thousands of New York City teachers ratings, and school officials said they would make the reports public within a couple of weeks.
The union had sued to keep the ratings of 12,700 teachers private, but on Tuesday the New York State Court of Appeals denied its appeal of a
November ruling by the Appellate Division of State Supreme Court in
Manhattan <http://www.nytimes.com/schoolbook/2011/11/15/union-loses-appeal-on-teacher-ratings/> , which threw out the unions lawsuit.
The ratings, known as Teacher Data Reports, are based entirely on student test scores, and were issued over the last three years. In September, city officials announced that they would
no longer produce the reports <http://www.nytimes.com/2011/09/16/nyregion/new-york-hands-off-part-of-teacher-evaluation-effort.html> , which will instead be created by the State Education Department for teachers across New York State.
At least a dozen news media organizations have requested access to the city ratings, including The New York Times, and in 2010, the city agreed to release them. But the ratings remained secret while the unions suit made its way through the courts.
In the suit, the unions lawyers argued that disclosing the ratings would violate the teachers privacy rights. They also said the reports were exempt from disclosure rules because they were subjective and often inaccurate.
Chancellor Dennis M. Walcott has expressed ambivalence about releasing the ratings. In an interview in September, Mr. Walcott
worried about the effect it might have on teacher morale <http://www.nytimes.com/2011/09/08/nyregion/chancellor-dennis-m-walcott-wants-civility-and-progress-in-city-schools.html?scp=3&sq=%22ratings%22&st=nyt> .
I dont want our teachers stereotyped, he said. I dont have a problem with names being out there, because we should be transparent. But on the other hand I have a responsibility to make sure that we protect our work force as well, and not to have newspaper stories denigrate my work force, because theyre working their butts off to do their job.
The previous schools chancellor, Joel I. Klein, championed the rankings, and the city has continued to support their release.
Anna M. Phillips is a member of the SchoolBook staff. Follow her on Twitter @annamphillips.
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