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NYSUT Applauds Passage Of New York State Legislation ‘To Fix Broken’ Teacher Evaluation System

Published Thursday, January 24, 2019
by Labor News Services
NYSUT Applauds Passage Of New York State Legislation ‘To Fix Broken’ Teacher Evaluation System

(ALBANY, NEW YORK) – With a new Democratic Majority in place, New York State Lawmakers have passed a bill to alter the State's Teacher Evaluation Process, which eliminates the "mandatory use of state assessments to determine a Teacher or principal's evaluation."

The legislation passed unanimously by the Senate and was also passed by the Assembly.  The bill now heads to Governor Andrew Cuomo's desk to be signed.

According to Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie, under this legislation, school districts and Teachers would be allowed to negotiate an effective and fair evaluation system to meet the diverse needs of their students and communities.

“We applaud the Legislature for taking action to fix New York’s ‘broken’ Teacher Evaluation System,” New York State United Teachers (NYSUT) President Andy Pallotta.  “After some lawmakers ‘turned their backs’ on New York Teachers at the end of the last legislative session, our Members ‘stood up, raised our voices and sent them packing.’  Now, we have ‘consensus on the need to fix this system.’  We look forward to making sure this bill is signed into law immediately and we will continue to advocate for a ‘meaningful assessment system’ for New York students ‘that will measure student progress more accurately and address the concerns raised by Teachers and parents alike.’”

NYSUT, the Statewide Teachers Union, has more than 600,000 Members in Education, Human Services and Health Care.  NYSUT is affiliated with the American Federation of Teachers (AFT), the National Education Association (NEA) and the AFL-CIO.

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