NY Teachers Union Abandons Dem Gov. Over Reforms Update: Regents Board Responds
posted at 5:41 pm on May 16, 2011 by Jazz Shaw
In what is surely a sign of the times, yet another teachers union is rising up against the draconian shackles being attached to them in the fiscal conservative revolution. This time, it’s taking place in the unlikely lands of the Empire State.
ALBANY (AP) — The powerful New York State United Teachers union is severing its cooperative relationship with the state Education Department because it embraced Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s teacher evaluation proposals.
Richard Iannuzzi of the New York State United Teachers union says the Cuomo proposals backed by state schools Chancellor Merryl Tisch on Friday will hurt education as well as teachers.
Well, I’m sure this was predictable. What are those dastardly Republicans up to now? Let me guess… they not only want to take away collective bargaining, but they plan on making all of the teachers live on a diet of thin rice gruel and tap water until performance improves, right?
Cuomo recommended a potential doubling of the importance of student test scores and performance and more rigorous classroom observation of teachers in the evaluation system being considered by the state Board of Regents.
The system would replace seniority to determine which teachers face layoffs.
Well, we certainly can’t have a system where evaluations and results actually impact layoffs and hiring, can we? Oh, and by the way… Cuomo is a Democrat, for those in other parts of the country who haven’t been keeping score.
Is it any wonder that people have been rising up against the teachers unions and parents are wondering precisely what it is that they’re getting for their tax dollars? The proposals from Cuomo look positively tame compared to anything coming out of Wisconsin, and yet the teachers union is “cutting ties” with the state department of education before they’ve even been implemented?
Welcome to the new frontier. It’s a wave which is washing up on shores as far away as New York and beginning to affect elected Democrats. Buckle up. This may be a bumpy ride.
UPDATE: The state Board of Regents has clearly heard the protests from the teachers union. In response, they’ve quickly moved into action… to roll out the new evaluation system even faster.
A few months before the first phase of a teacher- and principal-evaluation system is scheduled to take effect, the state Board of Regents is changing some of the rules.
Regents voted 14-3 on Monday to fast-track the timeline for rolling out the new system. Student growth and performance will now be factors in evaluations.
The system was supposed to take effect this fall for math and English teachers in grades 4 through 8, as well as their building principals. Everyone else would be evaluated in fall 2012.
Oh, dear. Am I reading the news or the script for a new alternate reality film?