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Rise & Shine: Cheers, jeers, and explainers on evaluations deal

  • A deal established a statewide evaluation system. (GothamSchools, NY1, Post, Daily News, WSJ, Times)
  • Locally, the UFT and city agreed on an appeals process for low-rated teachers. (GothamSchools, Post)
  • Mayor Bloomberg: Local resolution would not undo “turnaround” plans. (GothamSchools, SchoolBook)
  • Gov. Cuomo’s intervention was cited as key to clearing the logjam on evaluations. (NY1)
  • Some upstate district leaders say they don’t like the deal’s direction and timeline. (Journal News)
  • The Times says the statewide agreement is a “sound deal” that should get local districts moving quickly.
  • The Daily News says the deal is a “big win” since weak teachers in the city can be removed more easily.
  • DFER’s Joe Williams says reformers won with the state deal and lists six lessons learned. (Daily News)
  • The Post says the deal is historic but not ideal because it still gives local unions too much influence.
  • A Manhattan Institute scholar says the city process is still more onerous than it should be. (Post)
  • A teacher at Queens’ P.S. 174 with a record of abuse was arrested for molesting students. (Post, WSJ)
  • A judge blocked the eviction of churches renting school space for 10 days. (WSJ, Post, SchoolBook)
  • A spate of abuse cases in Los Angeles schools is pressuring the school system’s leaders. (Times)
  • Opening contract negotiations, Chicago’s teachers union is asking for 30 percent raises. (Tribune)