Cuomo, in Shift, Is Said to Back Reducing Test Scores’ Role in Teacher Reviews

Less than a year ago, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo of New York proclaimed that the key to transforming the state’s education system was tougher evaluations for teachers, and he pushed through changes that increased the weight of student test scores in teachers’ ratings.

New York’s costly experiment in test-based educator evaluation is crashing

On September 30, 2011, Carol Burris, then the award-winning principal of South Side High School in New York, wrote about the creation of a new New York State teacher and principal evaluation system in an Answer Sheet post titled, “The dangers of building a plane in the air.” 

Children in Dire Poverty: What Educators Should Know

More than 1.5 million American households, including about 3 million children, are living on $2 per day, per person, according to sociologists Kathryn Edin and Luke Shaefer, authors of $2.00 a Day: Living on Almost Nothing in America. These desperately poor children are our students, and Edin and Shaefer found them living in homes that are crowded with jobless adults but empty of food and furniture, sometimes even without running water.

Unions Eye L.A. Charter Schools

As teachers unions ramp up efforts to organize the fast-growing charter school movement, one of the biggest and most contentious fights is taking place at a chain of schools in Los Angeles. In March, 70 teachers at Alliance College-Ready Public Schools, the city’s largest charter system with 26 schools and more than 600 teachers, announced they wanted to join United Teachers Los Angeles, the 31,000-member union that represents all of the city’s public school teachers and about 1,000 teachers at 12 independent charter schools.

States Back Unions in Friedrichs Case

The top attorneys for 20 states and the District of Columbia have filed a “friend-of-the-court” brief supporting unions in Friedrichs v. the California Teachers Association, a case pushed to the Supreme Court by corporate CEOs and special interests intent on destroying unions.

NY teacher evaluations delay reverses Cuomo policy

New York State’s latest teacher evaluation system, which was supposed to be in place by November 15, has been put on hold because 90 percent of school districts were granted waivers to delay its implementation.

What it really means to be a public school educator today

There was a big furor among educators around the country recently when Time magazine ran a cover that said, “Rotten Apples:  It is nearly impossible to fire a bad teacher.” The cover, accompanied by a story that was somewhat more nuanced, sparked a mountain of response

Class size matters a lot, research shows

Every now and then someone in education policy (Arne Duncan) or education philanthropy (Bill Gates) or the media (Malcolm Gladwell) will say something about why class size isn’t really very important because a great teacher can handle a boatload of kids.

Vargas is out

Bolgen Vargas will step down as superintendent of the Rochester school district at the end of December, well before his contract expires in June 2016. He will be replaced by Daniel Lowengard, retired superintendent of the Syracuse City School District.

Bullying of Teachers Pervasive in Many Schools

About a third of American workers have been impacted by bullying in the workplace, either as a target or as witness to abusive behavior against a co-worker. Unfortunately, it’s even more prevalent in the field of education. In a recent survey of medium-sized school districts, 25 percent of employees reported that they had been bullied. The bullying of teachers has become a serious problem.

Regents Chancellor Merryl Tisch won't seek another term

Regents Chancellor Merryl Tisch will not seek another term on the board. She was first appointed to the board in 1996 and then re-elected to five-year terms in 2001, 2006 and 2011. She's been chancellor since 2009. Tisch said she'll leave office when her term ends in March.

RTA Crime Victims Assistance Committee

Fall 2015 Workshop Series

4:15 - 6:15 p.m.

RTA office

30 North Union Street

Click here for dates and to register…

   RTA Resource Handbook

   This Resource Handbook is a "Quick-Guide” to Support Teachers Throughout the School Year

2015-16-Web Edition


As you know by now, Superintendent Vargas has announced his resignation and the Interim Superintendent will not begin his tenure until January. Meanwhile, negotiations for a successor contract are at Impasse and the District is showing little interest in addressing the pressing issues at the bargaining table. That’s frustrating our efforts to find remedies for the deteriorating climate for teaching and learning in our schools. So while we await the assignment of a mediator by the NYS Public Employment Relations Board, we need to educate the Board of Education about the most pressing issues confronting teachers and students right now:

  1. School Safety and Student Discipline

  2. Special Education Concerns

  3. APPR

Click here to read entire letter…

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Due to critical district deadlines the School-Performance-Analytics (SPA) Data Warehouse will not be coming down tomorrow. 

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