January 3, 2013

Statement from Jonathan Schleifer, Executive Director of Educators 4 Excellence-New York, on Governor Cuomo's Support for a Default Evaluation System


“This is exactly the kind of leadership teachers need to teach and students need to learn. As E4E members first said six months ago, a default evaluation system is a way to ensure that teachers get the feedback and support they need to succeed regardless of the politics that have so far sunk a negotiated agreement. We hope the Governor's promise will push the city and UFT to a deal and with it the potential to restore the cut funding. If not, a default system is the next best option. E4E hopes to work with the Governor and others to ensure a default system, if necessary, includes the input of teachers and meaningful measures our members have been advocating for."


For far too long, education policy has been created without a critical voice at the table – the voice of classroom teachers. Educators 4 Excellence (E4E), a teacher-led organization, is changing this dynamic by placing the voices of teachers at the forefront of the conversations that shape our classrooms and careers. With a quickly growing national network of more than 7,000 educators united by the E4E Declaration of Teachers’ Principles and Beliefs, E4E teachers can learn about education policy and research, network at E4E’s event series with like-minded colleagues and important education policymakers, and take action by advocating for teacher-created policy recommendations that lift student achievement and the teaching profession.  For more information, please visit www.educators4excellence.org.

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