‘The single best thing that I can do,” Gov. Cuomo said last year, is “break what is in essence one of the only ¬remaining public monopolies”: the teachers union.
Oops: Looks like the union broke him.Indeed. UFT President Michael Mulgrew wrote to his members,
Later this afternoon, Governor Cuomo's Common Core Task Force issued its report. In essence, the task force report urges a fundamental reset of education policy in New York State, including a four-year ban on the use of state growth scores to evaluate both teachers and students…
While we still have hard work ahead of us, we are poised to change the testing obsession that has done so much harm to our schools and our profession. I can’t thank you enough for your perseverance as we fought for this day.Uh oh. Bad optics. Time to backtrack:
The Education Transformation Act of 2015 will remain in place, and no new legislation is required to implement the recommendations of the report, including recommendations regarding the transition period for consequences for students and teachers. During the transition, the 18 percent of teachers whose performance is measured, in part, by Common Core tests will use different local measures approved by the state, similar to the measures already being used by the majority of teachers.Nice move, Andy! Staying strong! But then Carol Burris, a Diane Ravitch acolyte (Chris Stewart aptly describes Ravitch as “a neoconservative paragon of latter day unionist theology”) wrote this week that the Task Force called for only “minimal change”: “it is as though the committee never heard a complaint on how evaluating teachers by test scores increased both anxiety and test prep.”
Until there is a halt of the Common Core standards, repeal of the Education Transformation Act, major changes to the state tests, a reduction of unnecessary testing, protection of data privacy, and local control restored, parents will continue to Opt Out in large numbers.The floggings will continue until morale improves. What's a beleaguered governor to do?
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