“Advance”: Teacher Evaluation and Parent/Teacher Solidarity in the Age of the High-Stakes Test

By Dan Lupkin Special Education Teacher & UFT Delegate P.S. 58, Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn Parents and teachers are often set against each other by politicians engaging in demagoguery and cynical “divide and conquer” tactics, but the truth is that our interests and passions are far more similar than they are different. What it boils down […]

“Advance” – The Movie

A very helpful video that explains the new evaluation system and provides suggestions for how educators should prepare themselves. A “must watch” for every UFT member! Created by John Elfrank-Dana Teacher/UFT Chapter Leader Murry Bergtraum High School Please sign MORE’s petition calling for a moratorium of the new teacher evaluation system Online here Print and […]

The New Evaluation System: Teachers and Students are More than a Test Score

This post is an expanded version of our Newsletter article. To help distribute our newsletter please sign up here. State Education Commissioner King has imposed a new teacher evaluation plan that reduces each year of our teaching to a single number based largely on students’ test scores. Up to 10%  of teachers statewide may face […]

Petition-Moratorium on New Evaluations

MORATORIUM ON THE NEW YORK CITY TEACHER EVALUATION SYSTEM Please print out the above link and circulate in your school. You can email more@morecaucus.org to arrange for pick up and/or drop off. Petitions can also be picked up/droped off at any of our upcoming happy hours (dates/locations to follow), general meetings (9/21,10/19) and/or our brunch(10/5). We will have MORE members collecting/distributing […]

The Noose or The Sword: Choosing Your Evaluation

Analysis and Guidance Regarding Teacher Evaluation Choices and Decisions By Julie Cavanagh PS15k Chapter Leader I have yet to meet a parent, teacher or student from a school community who tells me they believe the new teacher evaluation system being implemented in NYC is a good thing, for anyone.  It seems most people understand this system […]

The New John King Math: 40% = 100%

This new school year will be the first time that teachers in NYC will be evaluated using the evaluation system imposed by State Education Commissioner John King. Under the new system every teacher will receive a score ranging from 0 to 100 and this number will determine if the teacher is deemed Highly Effective, Effective, Developing or […]

MORE Statement on Evaluation Plan

UFT Rank and File Says King’s Evaluation Plan Bad for Teachers, Students While Michael Mulgrew launches a campaign to convince the membership that the new teacher evaluation system is designed to help teachers improve and give them a professional voice, Bloomberg is proclaiming victory. The truth of the matter is, this evaluation system is bad […]

MORE Response to the Failure to Reach a Deal on Evaluations

As of 2:30pm today UFT HAS announced NO DEAL on evaluations. The rally outside the DA is directed against the junk science teacher eval schemes that are being foisted upon us, and demands that the rank and file have a say in a ratification of any agreement. It calls for our union to end the […]