The Daily News has an interesting article about how the UFT kicked out the NYC DOE from the new teacher evaluations.
The teachers union booted city education officials from training sessions on the evaluation system being tested at 140 schools, officials said Thursday.
This latest wrinkle in the worsening brawl between the teachers union and the city stalls the reform efforts trumpeted last week by the mayor, officials said.
The union disinvited the city from the workshops — meant to explain the evaluations to teachers and principals — after Mayor Bloomberg outlined a plan to ax 1,500 teachers at struggling schools in his State of the City.
Bloomberg’s proposal would also reward top-notch teachers with $20,000 raises and make it easier for the city to remove poorly rated instructors.
“I said, this isn’t collaborative and cooperative . . . so we said you’re not invited anymore,” teachers union president Michael Mulgrew said Thursday.
Mulgrew also blasted the city’s approach to the pilot evaluation system — which the city wants to expand citywide — as a plan to “get teachers fired” without rewarding classroom gains.
Negotiations between the city and the union over the teacher ratings remain stalled.