NY Daily News has an article about how the UFT wants Cuomo to allow parents see limited evaluations of the teacher
ALBANY — The powerful state and city teachers unions are pushing Gov. Cuomo to allow parents to see the evaluations of their kids’ teachers by appointment only with school principals.
Under the union plan, parents would be briefed verbally on their kids’ direct educators — but prohibited from taking notes or leaving with anything in writing, sources said.
The unions would also deny parents access to the evaluations of any other teachers in their kids’ schools.
The unions want the release of the evaluations to be “as limited as possible,” one said.
The unions went ballistic after the recent court-ordered release of controversial city teacher evaluations from 2007 and 2010.
The principals have been fighting the idea behind the scenes, fearful of a high-stakes game of telephone, where a parent can misinterpret what they are told and then disseminate inaccurate information among fellow parents.
With the legislative session scheduled to end June 21, talks on restricting the public release of the teacher evaluations are intensifying.
A source close to the negotiations doesn’t expect the union’s full proposal to fly.
It’s more likely a final deal will enable parents to receive a “bottom-line score” of their child’s teacher — but little further detail.
Dealmakers also said the idea of releasing data on overall school performance “is very much still on the table” as long as it doesn’t identify specific teachers.
There are several bills in the Legislature that reflect the union’s thinking, including one by Assemblywoman Ellen Jaffee (D-Suffern).
Jaffee’s bill would require parents to actually file a formal freedom of information request to see the information, which would be provided in face-to-face meetings with principals.
The parent would have to sign a written statement that the information is considered confidential, though there would be no penalty for disclosure.
There would be sanctions, however, of school employees who knowingly disclose a teacher’s personnel file.
State teachers union rep Carl Korn said the Jaffee bill “is one we identified as workable.”