State Education Commissioner John King is overhauling New York's method of evaluating teachers — but Uncommon Schools don't have to follow the new state rules, as they have opted out of federal Race to the Top funds... Daily New
And by the way, guess which charter also exempts itself? It starts with a U and ends with a T. (UFT Charter Exempt From Teacher Evaluation System or Race To The Top)
Charter school chain can ignore new state rules on teacher evaluations
The high-performing Uncommon Schools have opted out of receiving federal Race to the Top funds, meaning they are exempt from New York's new method of evaluating teachers. State Education Commissioner John King defended the decision, saying the schools have 'very extensive procedures' for assessing educators.
By Rachel Monahan / NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
State Education Commissioner John King is overhauling the state’s method of evaluating teachers, but the charter schools he used to run aren’t participating.
The high-performing Uncommon Schools — which include 20 schools in Brooklyn — have opted out of receiving federal Race to the Top funds, meaning they don’t have to follow the new state rules in teacher evaluations.
“Uncommon Schools have very extensive procedures for teacher evaluation and professional development; their principals are in classrooms every day, observing teachers, giving teachers feedback,” said King, defending the decision, though acknowledging there’s no way for city public schools to opt out.
About 80 city charter schools are not subject to the new teacher ratings set by the state.
The state is, however, requiring charter schools, along with other institutions, to report their teacher ratings by Friday — a move the publicly funded, privately run charters are contesting.