Lew's View: teacher evaluation plan, finally - New York News

Lew's View: teacher evaluation plan, finally

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Lew Leone is the vice president and general manager of WNYW-FOX 5. He is taking to the airwaves with his thoughts on current affairs. It's called "Lew's View." The views expressed are not necessarily those of the station or its employees.


Well, it took years and a mandate from the state, but New York City finally has a teacher evaluation plan.

"Unfortunately, the UFT has fought a rigorous evaluation system nearly every step of the way, and they done it for years, but Sunday Commissioner John King issued a decision that was a huge rebuff to the UFT's obstructionism and a great victory for our students," Mayor Mike Bloomberg said.

You can't blame Bloomberg for taking a victory lap because the UFT, a.k.a. the keeper of the status quo, is set on undoing many of the mayor's education reforms. The union wants to hand-pick the next mayor in order to turn back the hands of time.

The good news about this deal is that there is no end date for the new evaluation system. The union wanted the system to sunset in two years so that they could kill it under a new mayor.

"The bottom line is that after much wasted time this new deal is a win for students, parents and teachers," Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott said on Good Day New York.

The next step is to continue efforts to reform New York City public school education. It would be nice if changes did not have to be mandated by the state but when fighting the keeper of the status quo. Unfortunately, sometimes brute force is the only answer.


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