United Federation Of Teachers To Pick NYC Mayoral Candidate To Endorse

March To Protect Voting Rights On United Nations Human Rights DayThe delegates of the United Federation of Teachers gather Wednesday to endorse a mayoral candidate, and their leader vows to accomplish a feat that has eluded the union for 24 years: picking the winner.

“You don’t endorse to lose,” said union chief Michael Mulgrew, who made strengthening the union’s political apparatus a top priority after he was elected president in 2009. “We’re just in a whole different place.” Continue reading “United Federation Of Teachers To Pick NYC Mayoral Candidate To Endorse”

New York City Teachers’ ‘Unsatisfactory’ Ratings Scrubbed From Record If They Agree To Quit

New York Teachers Ratings

Failing New York City teachers can have their poor ratings scrubbed from the record if they strike a deal with the city to quit or retire, according to a New York Post report.

Teachers deemed “unsatisfactory” for two consecutive years in the city face termination hearings, but can avoid all that — and have the “unsatisfactory” grades changed to “satisfactory” on their permanent records — if they voluntarily leave the system.

Critics say the method is “a lie” and unethical, according to The Post, as those teachers seeking employment in other school districts would be applying for teaching positions under false pretenses. But an officer who takes part in “rubber room” hearings, which deal with teachers being paid to out disciplinary hearings in reassignment centers, praised the system. Continue reading “New York City Teachers’ ‘Unsatisfactory’ Ratings Scrubbed From Record If They Agree To Quit”