In the school I have been assigned to we had an uneventful Professional Development (PD). However, there was one part of the PD I found very interesting. A question was asked by the trainer. The question was "Do you trust the Chancellor and the DOE in making the proper decisions to help the school"? I had expected the vast majority of teachers to keep their hands down, However, not one teacher raised their hand, even the "newbies"! While I admit this is a very small sample and only one high school. I bet if this vote was done citywide the teachers would vote over 90% against trusting the Chancellor and her acolytes at the DOE to do what's right for the schools.
Why do the teachers feel this way? There are many reasons, the continued excess paperwork heaped on teachers, the many "gotcha" administrators that rather confront teachers than collaborate with them, the punitive Dainelson rubric and the asinine student growth metric used to unfairly evaluate teachers. Then there is the many bad principals that the DOE protects despite there terrible leadership and let's not forget how the DOE sucks up the money while essentially keeping school budgets frozen at less than a 100% of their fair student funding.
If the above issues aren't enough? How about the DOE's policy of going after senior teachers for incompetence, despite the fact they only had one year of "ineffective" ratings! In one such case a teacher received an "ineffective" rating back in 2014-15. However, she worked hard and in the 2015-16 school year raised her grade to "developing" for both the observation and her testing components. This did not stop the DOE from filing 3020-a charges this school year. There was a similar case where a senior teacher received a "developing" from a validator and still was charged under 30200-a and was terminated.
Finally, the DOE still treats the ATRs as unwanted teachers and with one hand offers schools an incentive to hire ATRs, while with the other tries to get their field assassins to terminate the weaker ones.
I can only snicker when I hear our UFT President tell us that there is a different tone at Tweed when for the teachers in the trenches its still the same old song. They continue to be the enemy and not an organization that supports teachers and the vote shows that.