Teachers Set to Vote on Evaluation

Classroom teachers will vote next week on whether or not to approve the new teacher evaluation system agreed to by UTLA leadership and John Deasy late last year.

The tentative agreement, signed by UTLA President Warren Fletcher and Superintendent John Deasy on November 30, calls for a complex evaluation that would use a number of metrics, including the California Standardized Tests and school-wide Academic Growth Over Time.

On December 5, UTLA’s governing body, the House of Representatives, voted 123-42 to recommend the tentative agreement.  Since then, former School Board Candidate John Fernandez has been urging teachers to vote against the deal (see: Voices Urge “No” Vote On Evaluation). On its website, UTLA has posted arguments for and against the agreement.

Voting will take place at school sites between January 14th and 17th. Votes will be counted on the 19th, and results will be announced on the same day, according to UTLA spokesperson Suzanne Spurgeon.

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