Thursday, January 22, 2015
Andrew Cuomo Is Out To Terminate Teachers.
Governor Andrew Cuomo took a page out of the education reformer playbook and presented his education agenda and there is little doubt that his main purpose is to terminate teachers using "junk Science", and highly questionable evaluations. In his education agenda, the Governor wants to make the State's high stakes Common Core tests 50% of the teacher's evaluation and if the "junk Science", in the form of the Value Added Method (VAM), shows the teacher to be "ineffective" than the teacher is "ineffective", no matter how well the teacher did on the observation part. Moreover, two consecutive "ineffectives" will result in automatic termination.
In addition, the Governor wants an independent evaluator and not principals to do the teacher classroom observations since he claims that the principals gave out too many "highly effectives" to their teachers. Furthermore, to get an "effective" rating, teachers must be rated "effective" for both the testing and observation parts. Who pays for these independent evaluators? The school districts, of course!
Tenure would only be earned after five consecutive years of "effective" or higher ratings. A developing rating will not count toward tenure and could derail tenure. Further, any teacher accused of corporal or sexual abuse of a student will be subject to an expedited 3020-a hearing, similar to what New York City uses for teachers subject to felony and major sexual misconduct charges. That means being taken off payroll after a "probable cause" hearing and terminated by the Arbitrator in the subsequent 3020-a hearing.
Increase the charter school cap by 100 to 560 and eliminate the geographical limits that would allow for many more charter schools in New York City. Furthermore, he proposes that the charters receive a $750 per pupil increase in funding. Ne also wants a 75% tax credit to donate scholarships to public, private, and parochial schools. Of course the private and parochiual schools will benefit the most and take away students and funding for the public schools. For struggling schools, the Governor wants to have non-profit "turnaround specialists" to run them and override the union contract to terminate teachers.
Finally, if Andrew Cuomo gets his way, he will give the schools an extra $1.1 billion more, or half of what education expects expect to adequately fund the schools. The anti-teacher Daily News editorial Board applauded his speech and that tells you everything you need to know.