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Joint NY eval letter

Joint NY eval letter

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In a joint letter, E4E and other organizations thanked leaders including Gov. Andrew Cuomo for improvements that were made as part of this year's budget.
In a joint letter, E4E and other organizations thanked leaders including Gov. Andrew Cuomo for improvements that were made as part of this year's budget.

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Published by: Educators 4 Excellence on Mar 27, 2013
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March 26, 2013Hon. Andrew M. CuomoHon. Dean G. SkelosHon. Jeffrey D. KleinHon. Sheldon Silver  New York State Capitol BuildingAlbany, NY 12230Dear Governor Cuomo, Senate Leaders Skelos and Klein, and Assembly Speaker Silver:We write to thank and congratulate you for the substantial improvements youhave made to New York State’s teacher evaluation law as part of this year’s budget. Asyou know, nothing that happens in school matters more to our children’s future than thequality of their educators. Meaningful teacher evaluation and support systems are criticalfirst steps toward improving teacher quality, and this year’s budget ensures that they willremain in place in every one of New York State’s school districts for years to come.As you may know, our organizations joined together in January 2012 to urge thatthe evaluation law be amended to include a “backstop” – a mechanism whereby the StateEducation Department could impose an evaluation system on any district that did notsucceed in negotiating a system with its local unions. (See attached.) When negotiationsfailed this past January in the City of New York and five other districts across the State,the need for such a backstop became greater than ever.This year’s budget responds to that need by empowering the State EducationDepartment to impose an evaluation system on each of those districts that have beenunable to agree on a system. This is a critical change to New York’s evaluation law thatensures our children and educators won’t lose out – on either future funding or needed progress on teacher feedback and support – just because the adults can’t agree.In addition, your budget addresses a growing concern that the short durations of many teacher evaluation agreements will leave districts in limbo and teachers, principals,and school with a disruptive uncertainty about how they should manage a critical elementof improving their teaching and bettering their schools. This year’s budget ensuresstability by keeping the agreements in place unless and until they are updated – the samestandard that the law applies to collective bargaining agreements, generally.
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Taken together, these amendments to the teacher evaluation law represent a major step forward on behalf of our students. Now we must focus on how the law isimplemented to ensure that all evaluation systems – whether imposed by the StateEducation Department or negotiated by individual districts – are rigorous and meaningful both in design and execution. Your continued vigilance is essential.Thank you again for your bipartisan leadership and for continuing to move our State forward on the critical and inseparable issues of educational equity and teacher quality.Sincerely,
Buffalo ReformED
Press Contact: Hannya BoulosHannya@BuffaloReformED.com716-783-3372
Civic Builders
Press Contact: David UmanskyUmansky@civicbuilders.org212-571-7260
Democracy Builders
Press Contact: Princess V. Lyles plyles@democracyprep.org347-931-8120
Democrats for Education Reform
Press Contact: Joe Williams joewilliams@dfer.org646-354-9625
Education Reform Now
Press Contact: Elizabeth Lingelizabeth@edreformnow.org646-599-6123
Educators 4 Excellence – New York 
Press Contact: Jonathan Schleifer  jschleifer@educators4excellence.org212-279-8510 ext. 30
Families for Excellent Schools
Press Contact: Jeremiah Kittredge jeremiah.kittredge@familiesforexcellentschools.org347-899-5193
National Council on Teacher Quality
Press Contact: Sandi Jacobssjacobs@nctq.org202-393-0020
NYCAN: The New York Campaignfor Achievement Now
Press Contact: Fiona Hoeyfiona.hoey@50can.org917-318-5799
Press Contact: Chandra Hayslettchayslett@studentsfirstny.org212-257-4350
Students for Education Reform – New York 
Press Contact: Sam Williamssamwilliams@studentsforedreform.org201-463-5978
Press Contact: Andy Jacobajacob@tntp.org347-987-0749

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