My reasons for opposing the UFT resolution today are up at the ICE blog. If we support it, then we are supporting common core and the advance evaluation system in principle. If we try to amend it, we are still supporting Danielson which most people I talk to absolutely hate. UFT's resolution doesn't go far enough while it undercuts the work MORE did. Unity is just trying to do something for the disgruntled membership while they can still be education reformers when talking to the elite. Congratulations to all for impacting UFT policy but now is a chance to take it much further and truly distinguish the real opposition from Unity-New Action..... James Eterno
...the reso says nothing about what the UFT will do to achieve even a partial moratorium. No mobilization, no pressure campaign. It is just a paper reso they'll pass and ignore... Kit Wainer
This moratorium call, btw, would be the same thing Randi Weingarten called for a while back. But the UFT Executive Board did not call for an end to the punitive and abusive Danielson observations, did not point out the absurdity of evaluating teachers based upon test scores of students they don't teach in subjects they're not licensed in, did not point out the harm using a value-added test score measurement with a margin of error the size of Randi Weingarten's ego will do to teachers and schools.
Oh, no - it didn't do any of that.
Rather, the UFT Executive Board hailed the Common Core State (sic) Standards "as a means toward ensuring that children in the city and across the country learn the critical thinking skills necessary for success in today’s competitive world." Looks like they took that text directly from a Gates Foundation pamphlet or Arne Duncan's Twitter feed.... Perdido Street School
Here is James' complete blog post with the reso included:
The resolution below passed at the UFT Executive Board on Monday night. To my eyes, it does not go nearly far enough to stop the madness that is occurring in our schools across the country, in general, and specifically in New York State and New York City.
A moratorium on the high stakes test part of the new teacher evaluation system is a limited start but the UFT resolution says nothing about the punitive, required, multiple "gotcha" Danielson observations that are part of the new "Advance" teacher evaluation system and the UFT still praises the unproven Common Core Standards.
An immediate repeal of the whole evaluation system is what the UFT should be calling for along with further research to see if Common Core works.
Look at what is happening up in Syracuse where 40% of the teachers were rated developing or ineffective last year. It could happen here in NYC too. The evaluation system called Advance must be put into full retreat and die if we are to start to win our professional dignity back.