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City education department awards itself a win on teacher evals

Before briefing reporters with their take on the teacher evaluation system that State Education Commissioner John King imposed on the city today, the Department of Education distributed a colorful chart making the case that King had sided with with its proposal.

According to the chart, King fell closer to the department’s position than the UFT’s on several issues, including the number of days allotted for arbitration, the use of student surveys, and the length of the agreement. The chart does not mention other issues where the UFT’s positions won out, such as the number of Danielson Framework components that will count or other details about the way observations will have to be documented.

“I consider this a major victory for our students and our staff,” Chancellor Dennis Walcott said.