It is now possible for states to request a waiver from teacher evaluations for the upcoming school year. Randi Weingarten and the AFT (parent body of the UFT) has asked for it and, in an astonishing about-face, Arne Duncan, US Secretary of Education and the person responsible for tying federal funding to teacher evaluations, has followed with the offer of a one-year moratorium.
This makes sense! Many states have already applied for their waivers, but not New York. Cities and districts throughout the state need time to make their way through the incredibly complex process (over 200 pages in NYC) of implementing a teacher evaluation system. We need to rally behind Randi and the AFT. Unions upstate--NYSUT and Rochester, in particular--have been outspoken in their support for the moratorium. In fact, there's been a lot of agreement among many different interests that a moratorium is needed.
Now is the time to call on our union and help make the request for a waiver an issue. Speak to the mayoral candidates, let them know this matters to you. Let your colleagues and friends know that an option is there for the taking, and New York has not jumped on the chance to give our school systems the time they need to do this right.
Call the UFT, 212-777-7500. Share with your colleagues and union members on Facebook and Twitter!
Saturday, July 20, 2013
Call for Waiver from teacher evaluations in NY
This came in an email as a suggestion for MORE to take up the cause and I think it should. But I wonder if the UFT which supports and vehemently defends the new evaluation system will be calling for a waiver.