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DOE outlines plan to implement evaluations

Deal still elusive as city, unions talk

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Posted: Thursday, February 14, 2013 10:30 am | Updated: 10:49 am, Thu Feb 21, 2013.

Though the city and teachers union have yet to agree on a plan for evaluating teachers, even though the state deadline passed nearly a month ago, the DOE has a plan to implement one should it come to fruition.

In a letter to State Education Commissioner John King, Chancellor Dennis Walcott outlined the costs and processes in which the DOE will roll out a teacher evaluation plan.

The letter explains how city educators will be informed of the key components of evaluations that must be based on student performance. It also goes into detail on the different training programs for teachers, principals, department officials, a timeline for the roll out and the cost for each one.

However, the information given in the letter is just the bare minimum of what the State Education Department asked for, although the DOE said they would provide more information when requested and the letter answered the initial requests the state asked for nearly a month ago. In the letter, Walcott explained that the implementation plan is all based on the expectation that the city and teachers unions will reach an agreement on a system, which has still been elusive, even a month after the state deadline.

“All elements of this plan will be executed in accordance with collective bargaining agreements and will be for formative purposes until an agreement with the UFT and CSA is reached,” the letter states.

The DOE and the United Federation of Teachers failed to reach an agreement on a teacher evaluation plan by the Jan. 17 deadline set by Gov. Cuomo. The two sides could not agree on a sunset date for the plan, or an appeals process for dismissed teachers. Because the deadline was missed, the city lost out on $250 million in state funding. King said the city could still get up to $200 million in grant money if an agreement was reached on a plan by Feb. 15, but that appears unlikely.

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