Teacher union wants to revisit teacher evaluation method

By Christine Stuart

HARTFORD, Conn. – The state’s largest teachers union announced Thursday that it no longer supports the teacher evaluation method it participated in creating two years ago.

Sheila Cohen, president of the Connecticut Education Association, said she was not a member of the Performance Evaluation Advisory Council that made the recommendations regarding the evaluation system to the state Education Board. She pointed out that none of her current colleagues were on the PEAC council in 2012, either.

Former CEA Executive Director Mary Loftus Levine was a member of PEAC and so was Sharon Palmer, the former head of the second largest teacher’s union, who now heads the Labor Department.

“It is my understanding that what happened there was not necessarily so much of a percentage, as the fact that we had an ideal and we set forth guidelines,” Cohen said. She explained that between drafting the guidelines and meeting for the last time that summer what the state Education Department put in place “was the interpretation of the state department rather than what was strictly according to the guidelines.”

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8 responses to “Teacher union wants to revisit teacher evaluation method”

  1. Piberman

    No surprise that neither our mainstream “public servants” – our teachers and politicians endorse “performance”. It’s really up democratic !

  2. John Hamlin

    No surprise here — a teacher evaluation system will only be implemented with the union kicking and screaming. I think there should be no raises for teachers until there is accountability. Right now there is absolutely none. Even when a teacher murders a student, union protection prevents termination. The system is a crime against our children.

  3. Suzanne

    I think the CTJunkie introductory sentence is a little misleading. If one is to read the entire article, the union is not saying do not have evaluations at all. Rather, it is saying that the system for evaluation created and approved in 2012 is not a fair representation of either teacher or student achievement. As an example, the article offers the research done in Hamden that is based on different research than the union evaluation process and appears to be more effective. While the teacher’s union is notorious and a target, it does not seem to be trying to eliminate evaluations entirely but to make the system of evaluation better. I don’t understand why there needs to be a statewide system anyway. The direct management to which the teacher’s report is within each school district. Anything the union (and why are they the ones coming up with evaluations anyway? Shouldn’t the state education system be doing that?)comes up with, while maybe requiring certain data on a statewide level, should be flexible enough to allow each school district’s managerial staff to implement.

  4. anon

    What other ‘profession’ decides how they will be apprised and held accountable?

    Given the failure called public school in this country, one would think the ‘professionals’ would want to weed out the incompetent or uninspired among their ranks.

  5. the donut hole

    I know teachers who routinely take days off during the school year to do personal things. It is a system wide epidemic. Start by taking attendance of teachers and fire the most severe cases not truly supported by medical circumstances.
    Do peer to peer evaluations and cut the bottom 5% every year. Money saved should be allocated as a bonus to those who make the cut. Everyone knows who the deadbeats are. They destroy the work ethic and need to go.
    Or stick with the status quo and screw the kids.

  6. EveT

    @John Hamlin, where did you get the information that “Even when a teacher murders a student, union protection prevents termination”? Please provide the source for this accusation.

  7. You may want to check your facts

    Donut hole, who picks up the students for the teachers in that “5%” that are fired?

  8. the donut hole

    @checkyourfacts. Easy, you get rid of dead wood making 6 plus figures and you can hire some fresh young talent that cares for half the price.
    At some point you’ll have weeded out the stench and you won’t be able to cut costs, but no one will care because the product is a much better one.
    The problem is now is that we have tens of millions of dollars going out the door to a bunch of deadbeats. They know who they are and the union does too. They are a cancer on the work ethic and cause borderline cases to underachieve.
    This is true of most any organization that has no accountability. In the real world they go out of business. In this out of control public sector union, they make cities go out of business. Let’s not become Bridgeport.

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