January 18, 2013

Statement from Jonathan Schleifer, Executive Director of Educators 4 Excellence-New York, on failure to come to an agreement on teacher evaluation

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE_

“Teachers and families across New York City should be outraged by the fundamental failure on the part of their union and district. New Yorkers were depending on the adults in the room to come to an agreement that would not only enhance the education of millions of students in our public schools, but also provide the district with $250 million in state funding. Instead, the two sides chose to act like children and walked away from the table without a deal.

We need a meaningful, multi-measured evaluation system that gives teachers the support and feedback they want and need to succeed. Instead, we’ve lost hundreds of millions in funding, and now our students and teachers are at risk of losing another year of progress due to the actions of those who put petty political interests ahead of human ones. This is a tremendous loss for New York City teachers and their students. Shame on both sides."

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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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