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SLT on State Budget 2015

PS11 School Leadership Team’s Position on State Budget 2015

            The UFT has asked citizens to participate in HANDS AROUND THE SCHOOL ON THURSDAY, MARCH 12, 2015.  AT PS11 PARENTS, STUDENTS, TEACHERS, STAFF, ADMINISTRATION, AND COMMUNITY MEMBERS WILL MEET AT 8AM OUTSIDE THE SCHOOL.  WEAR BLACK TO SHOW SOLIDARITY WITH OUR TEACHERS.  BRING SIGNS IF YOU FEEL MOVED.  WE WILL HOLD HANDS AROUND THE SCHOOL.  **BE ON TIME** - ALL EVENTS MUST CONCLUDE PRIOR TO 8:20AM SO THAT OUR TEACHERS CAN BEGIN THE SCHOOL DAY ON TIME.  INVITE ALL CONCERNED CITIZENS TO PARTICIPATE.



PS11 Community,

            The PS11 School Leadership Team (SLT) has met and discussed the proposed items in the state budget upon which the teachers’ union (UFT) has asked citizens and parents to reflect.  Specifically, issues surrounding increasing the NYC charter school cap, reforms to teacher evaluations, and the withholding of funds owed to New York City schools by the State of New York.  Governor Cuomo is arguing that current teacher evaluations are too subjective and a more objective methodology (test scores, independent observers) will be more effective than teachers’ supervisors conducting a qualitative, subjective review.

The UFT feels strongly that the proposed changes are not in the best interest of the city’s students or families.  As such, the SLT is providing you with the information and facts about items included in the budget, as well as meaningful ways in which you can demonstrate support for our educators.

Governor Cuomo has proposed major changes to teacher evaluations in New York State. Included are reforms to teacher evaluations.

  • 50% of a teacher’s rating would be based on state test scores. (Currently it is 20%).
  • 35% of a teacher’s rating would be based on the findings of an outside “independent observer” who will conduct a one time visit to the classroom. (This has never been done before. Currently principal and assistant principals’ observations count for 60%).
  • 15% of a teacher’s rating would be based on observations by the principal or assistant principals. 
  • 50% + 35% = 85% of teacher evaluations would be removed from the hands of our community and placed in the hands of the state.  And then, using these numbers, any teacher who is rated ineffective two years in a row can be fired. Principals might have no say in this.

The PS11 SLT feels strongly that this methodology places entirely too much emphasis on test scores when evaluating and rating our teaching staff.  We feel that the educators who work tirelessly for our children are professionals and deserve to be treated as such.  At PS11, we are proud to have a well-rounded curriculum and it is the SLT’s stance that increased emphasis on test scores benefits neither our children nor our staff.

Many parents have asked how they can help. The education law is folded into the state budget. It goes up for a vote before April 1st.

How to let your legislators know that you disagree with this plan:

  1. Email Governor Cuomo right now at gov.cuomo@chamber.state.ny.us.
  2. Visit http://www.nyteacherletter.org/ and sign the letter to let your legislator know you disapprove of the law.
  3. Contact your assemblymember. Go tohttp://assembly.state.ny.us/mem/ to find their contact information. Don’t stop there. Go to their offices and demand attention.

Post this issue on Facebook and tell your friends. Use social media  ( #ALLKIDSNEED ) to spread the word. Go to Albany. Make whatever noise you can.

            The UFT has asked citizens to participate in HANDS AROUND THE SCHOOL ON THURSDAY, MARCH 12, 2015.  AT PS11 PARENTS, STUDENTS, TEACHERS, STAFF, ADMINISTRATION, AND COMMUNITY MEMBERS WILL MEET AT 8AM OUTSIDE THE SCHOOL.  WEAR BLACK TO SHOW SOLIDARITY WITH OUR TEACHERS.  BRING SIGNS IF YOU FEEL MOVED.  WE WILL HOLD HANDS AROUND THE SCHOOL.  **BE ON TIME** - ALL EVENTS MUST CONCLUDE PRIOR TO 8:20AM SO THAT OUR TEACHERS CAN BEGIN THE SCHOOL DAY ON TIME.  INVITE ALL CONCERNED CITIZENS TO PARTICIPATE.

 

Flier about Hands Around the School:

http://www.uft.org/files/attachments/march-12-join-hands.pdf

Parent information resources from the UFT:

http://files.uft.org/cuomo-talking-points.pdf

http://www.uft.org/files/attachments/cuomo-parent-fact-sheet-2015.pdf

Article about the UFT stance:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/answer-sheet/wp/2015/02/26/teachers-at-popular-school-ask-parents-for-help-this-may-sound-absurd-but-its-true/

Information regarding funds owed NYC schools:

http://www.aqeny.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/gl12267-aqe-cfe-report.pdf

http://www.howmuchnysrobbed.nyc/

Article specifying Cuomo’s proposals:

http://www.wnbz.com/2015/01/kj-governor-cuomo-says-reform-education/

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