Happy Hour and Retirement Celebration on Friday!

June Happy Hour 2015

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Good News! Legal Challenge to New York Teacher Evaluations Will Proceed in Court

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:

Bruce Lederman, an attorney acting on behalf of his wife, experienced elementary school teacher Sheri Lederman, filed suit to challenge the state’s teacher evaluation system. The New York State Education Department sought to have the case thrown out. Today, the New York Supreme Court ruled that the lawsuit can go forward. Good for the Ledermans!

From Bruce Lederman:

The NY Supreme Court has denied a motion by the NY Education Department to dismiss the Lederman v. King lawsuit, in which an 18 year veteran Great Neck teacher has challenged a rating of “ineffective” based upon a growth score of 1 out of 20 points, even though her students performed exceptionally well on standardized tests.

This means that the NY Education Department must now answer to a Judge and explain why a rating which is irrational by any reasonable standard should be permitted to remain. The NY Education Department argued that…

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Karen Magee: Act NOW to stand against Gov. Cuomo’s disastrous education tax credit proposal

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Schools chiefs: Suspend NY education bill

Story from Gannett here.

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Top Reasons to Contribute to Vote-COPE

Top Reasons to Give to VOTE COPE


Check out the PowerPoint here: VOTE COPE TEN REASONS TO CONTRIBUE

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July 10-17 are NYSUT Days at Darien Lake

Information here: NYSUT Days Darien Lake 2015

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New Video from NYSUT Action Center

(This video resides on Facebook, so it may be blocked if you are behind a filter)

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Happy Hour & Retirement Celebration

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June Happy Hour 2015

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Did you want to be a teacher but now do something else because the profession is under fire? | WHEC.com

Did you want to be a teacher but now do something else because the profession is under fire? | WHEC.com.

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Governor Cuomo Says State Tests Are “Meaningless,” So Why Should Students Do Their Best?

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:

Governor Andrew Cuomo doesn’t understand why students should opt out of state testing, because the tests won’t count against students. Instead, they will be used to rank and evaluate teachers. So, he wonders, why should students opt out?

But the governor is not recognizing the consequences of his statement. As one blogger asked, why should students take the tests if they are meaningless?

That is a good reason to opt out. Why should students waste their time on tests that are meaningless?

But more important, if the students are not motivated to do their best, if they know the tests don’t count, why should teachers be evaluated by their students’ lack of effort? Taking a test is not like stepping on a scale. The scores vary depending on many factors, not least of which is motivation. If students go into the tests knowing they don’t matter, why should they try?

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