Deal on Teachers Nears
Question in Evaluations Compromise Is Whether Parents Are
Dealt In or Cut Out
from widespread scrutiny, New York's top politicians split over whether the measure would shut out parents or bring them closer to schools.
agreement in Albany that would allow only parents to see the evaluation of their
child's teacher—and only by visiting schools themselves.
designed deliberately to keep the average parents that we have in the city
from ever seeing an evaluation," Mr. Bloomberg said in his weekly radio
appearance. He argued that single-parent families and those with two working
parents would be hard-pressed to gain access to the information.
framed the in-person requirement
as a way to boost parent
involvement. Schools with involved parents fare better, he said Friday,
suggesting that encouraging parental visits would end up improving the schools.
Mr. Silver said. "When parents go and find out things and parents are involved in a child's education, that school is going to succeed."
weekend, according to several people familiar with the negotiations. The new
rules, if passed, would block the general public and the media from seeing the
to keep the evaluations private, an
effort that accelerated after New York
City released the results of a pilot teacher-rating system.
came out in February after courts
refused to block the release.
organizations, including The Wall Street Journal, published those results. The
statewide teacher-evaluation system would be very different than the city's pilot program, with most of the weight put on principals' opinions and other subjective measures.
and counts teachers unions as key supporters. Mr. Bloomberg, by contrast, has
been a staunch supporter of releasing the data and frequently clashes with the
city's main teachers union.
access to the ratings while questioning why teachers are treated differently than
police and firefighters, whose evaluations are private by law.
radio show. "Where's the policemen's evaluation? Where's the firemen's evaluation? Where's the evaluation of the mayor's staff, and the governor's staff and the
idea of allowing parents to request one teacher over another based on their ratings, sometimes referred to as "teacher shopping."
want to have the best teacher?"
school administrators had to deal with a crush of requests from parents to
Korn, a spokesman for the New York State United Teachers.