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Teacher Data Report Decision

Teacher Data Report Decision

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SCANNEDON
111012011
SUPREME
COURT OF
THE
STATE OF
NEW
YORK
-
NEW
YORK
COUNTY
CYNTHIA
S.
KERN
PRESENT:
J.S.C.
Justice
PART
3-
2
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MOTION
DATE
MOTION
SEQ.
NO.
02-
The
following
papers,
numbered
1
to
were reed
on
thls
motion to/for
PAPERS
NUMBEREQ
Notice
of
Motion/
Order
to
Show
Cause
-
Affidavits
-
Exhibits
...
Answering Affldavlta
-
Exhibits
Replying
Affidavits
Cross-Motion:
Yes
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Upon the foregoing
papers,
it
is ordered that this motion
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Dated:
J.
S.
C.
CYN
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KERN
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Reread it at SUPREME COURT
OF THE STATE
OF
NEW
YON
COUNTY
OF
NEW
YORK: Part
52
MICHAEL
MULGREW,
as
President
of
the UNITEDFEDERATION OF
TEACHERS,
Local
2,
AmericanFederation
of
Teachers, AFL-CIO,
on
behalf
of
all
represented employees in the City School Districtofthe
City
of
New York,
X
_______1_1_________~_____------_--___---------------”_______-_--”
Petitioner,-against-
Index No.
113813/10
BOARD
OF
EDUCATION
OF
THE
CITY SCHOOLDISTRICT OF THE CITY
OF
NEW
YORK
andJOELI.
KLEIN,
as
Chancellor of the City SchoolDistrict
of
New
York,
Respondents.
HON.
CYNTHIA
KERN,
J.S.C.
Recitation,
as
required
by CPLR
22
19(a),
of
the papers considered
in
the
review of
this
motion
for
:
Papers NumberedNotice of Motion and
Affidavits
Annexed
....................................
1
Answering Affidavits and Cross Motion
......................................
2
Replying Affidavits..
....................................................................
3
Exhibits..
....................................................................................
4
Petitioner seeks
an
order directing respondents to redact and
keep
confidential the
names
of
any teachers that appear in any Teacher
Data
Reports
(“TDRs”) released to
the
public. Variousnews organization with pending FOIL requests to release
the
TDRs
with
the teachers’ namesincluded now move to intervene in this proceeding
(the
“Press Intervenors”).
For
the reasons set
-
 
forth below, the
Press
Intervenors’ motion to interveneisgranted without opposition and thepetition to redact the teachers’ names
is
denied.
As
an
initial matter, this court is not making a
de
novo
determination as to whether the
TDRs
with the teachers’ names should
be
released.
This
petitionhasbeen filed under Article
78.
The only question before this court is whether the decision by the Department
of
Education(,‘DOE’’> o release the
TDRs
in
a
form
that discloses teachers’
names
was
arbitrary
and
capricious under the law. This
court
is not passing judgment on
the
wisdom
of the decision
of
the
DOE,
hether from
a
policy perspective or from
any
perspective,
or
whether theDOEhaddiscretion
under
the law to make
a
different decision, nor is
this
court
making
any
determination
as
o the value, accuracy or reliability
of
the TDRs.
This
court
is
deciding the
only
issue beforeit, the purely
legal
issue under Article
78
of
whether the
DOE’S
decision was without
a
rational
basis,
rendering it arbitrary
and
capricious.
The
relevant facts
are
as
follows.
Beginning in the
2007-08
school
year,
the DOElaunched
a
pilot program in
which
a
student’s predicted improvement
on
state tests is comparedwith the student’s actual improvement.
The
comparison
is
then
used
to determine that
child’s
teacher’s
“value
added”
--
it attributes the
gain
or loss in test scores to
the
child’s teacher whilecontrolling for other factors that influence student achievement such
as
poverty
and
English-language learner status. Beginning on August 16,2010 and continuing through October
27,
201
0,
the Press Intervenors made nine separate requests under the Freedom of Information
Law
(“FOIL”)
pecifically requesting
TDRs,
including disclosure
of
teachers’ names. Previous FOILrequests for the TDRs had not explicitly requested the teachers’ names. The
DOE
had respondedto those previous requests
by
redacting teachers? names
and
releasing
the
redacted TDRs only.

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