Posts Tagged 'New York State Education Law'

Blue Senate

It is urgent that we take advantage of this moment of financial improvement in New York State and the change in the political landscape in Albany. We should not wait for the next contract period in to see changes that are crying out for improvement.

Teacher Evaluation – The current teacher evaluation system was dictated by state law – a law that we should repeal and replace. Student test scores should be entirely removed from the teacher rating process.

Pension Reform – It’s an opportune time to press our elected friends that we’ve helped put in office to: CALL FOR IMPROVEMENTS IN THE PENSION TIERS. We’ve done it before. We can’t have this multi-tiered system which makes for tremendous inequity between members and costs such financial disparity.

Single Payer Health Care – The United Federation of Teachers is on record supporting a single payer system, but our leadership and Michael Mulgrew have claimed that this just means “Federal Single Payer” and they are opposing single payer in Albany. New Action supports single payer at the federal level AND at the state level.

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Resolution on evaluations based entirely on test scores

The following resolution was introduced by New Action at the October 21, 2014 Executive Board. Jonathan Halabi motivated. LeRoy Barr rose and moved to table (remove from consideration without a vote), which the body did.

Resolution on evaluations based entirely on test scores

Whereas, New York State Education Law requires the use of State Measures (test scores), Local measures (often test scores), and Other Measures (including classroom observations), and

Whereas the input of the principal only occurs in Other Measures (including classroom observations), but

Whereas New York State Education Law provides that a teacher who is rated in the lowest category for Local Measures (often test scores) and State Measures (test scores) is automatically rated Ineffective overall, without Other Measures (including classroom observations) counting at all, and

Whereas, we believe that the principal’s evaluation of a teacher should be part of any rating process,

Therefore, be it RESOLVED the United Federation of Teachers make it a legislative priority to remove from NY State Law any provision that makes it possible to rate a teacher ineffective entirely on test scores, and be it further

Resolved the UFT will discuss this priority with the Mayor-Elect, in order that we might jointly lobby the New York State Legislature to effect this change.