An important deadline in the state’s ongoing teacher evaluation process occurred Sunday, but most schools likely missed it.
The law establishing new teacher evaluations set July 1 as the date for schools around the state to submit their plans to the State Education Department. The evaluations are required in order to qualify for federal grant money that New York State won under the Race to the Top program.
But only around 65 of the states more than 700 school districts will be ready, says New York State School Boards Association’s executive director Tim Kremer.
There was a little bit of drama in an otherwise mundane end to the legislative session when Senate Republicans agreed in the final hours to approve Governor Andrew Cuomo’s proposal on how to make teacher evaluations public.
Senate Republicans, on the final day of the session, agreed to take up Cuomo’s bill, which will make public all teacher evaluations without names attached. Parents would then be able to obtain the specific evaluations of their own child’s teacher.
The long and tangled fight over millions of dollars to help bail out Buffalo's six worst-performing schools may be nearing a resolution.
State Education Commissioner John King Wednesday said he will approve the latest deal between the Buffalo Teachers Federations and the school district when it is formally signed by interim Schools Superintendent Amber Dixon and BTF President Phil Rumore.
A series of prior deals was rejected by Albany or by union members. The sides have struggled for months over finding a plan that is acceptable to all interests.
Buffalo school officials and teachers union leaders have met a deadline by sending to Albany, at the 11th hour, a memorandum of understanding concerning teacher evaluations.
Student absenteeism has been a major bone of contention in talks between the two sides. Buffalo can secure several million additional state education dollars, but the district and the union must agree on a rigorous teacher evaluation system whether or not students show up for class.
With more than $9 million at risk, Buffalo's Board of Education is appealing to the teachers union for help.
At a special meeting today, the School Board unanimously approved a resolution asking the Buffalo Teachers Federation Council of Delegates to reconsider removing the student attendance clause from its teacher evaluation plan. Interim Superintendent Amber Dixon says state education officials won't accept a plan that excludes students with excessive absences.