One Thing: Deasy Survey vs. Stull Evaluation
Here’s the UTLA survey on LAUSD Superintendent John Deasy’s performance that’s going out this week: For comparative purposes, here’s the current teacher evaluation form used by principals to evaluate teachers (as part of the so-called “Stull evaluation”).
By Alexander Russo | May 2, 2013
Morning Read: Lawmakers Stall on Teacher Evaluation Bill
Bill to Alter Evaluations of California Teachers Fails Again in Senate Legislation that would alter how California schools judge teachers flunked another test on Tuesday, failing to advance for the second time in a week. Sac Bee See also: LA School Report Duncan Says It’s Still Possible for State to Get NCLB Waiver California remains...
By LA School Report | May 2, 2013
Senators Absent for Teacher Evaluation Hearing
A bill known as SB 441 that proposes changes to California’s rules on teacher evaluations is being considered a second time today by the Senate Committee on Education today — but eight out of nine of the Committee’s members have been absent from the meeting. Scheduling might explain at least in part of the reason...
By Samantha Oltman | May 1, 2013
Union Re-Launches Deasy Evaluation Effort
Apparently not content with its recent poll on LAUSD Superintendent John Deasy’s performance, UTLA is now embarking on a “Superintendent Performance Review” that calls on teachers to review Deasy’s work. The union’s announcement of the new Deasy survey appears somewhat more neutral than it was for the last survey, which indicated what the union thought...
By Alexander Russo | April 30, 2013
Morning Read: Study Praises Teacher Evaluation Tool
First Academic Study of Controversial LA Unified Teacher Evaluation Program An academic study of a teacher evaluation method that looks at how much teachers are able to improve students’ test scores gave the pilot program a good grade. But the study comes too late — the teacher’s union and Los Angeles Unified School District agreed...
By LA School Report | April 29, 2013
Committee Deadlocks on Teacher Evaluation Bill
A proposed bill known as SB 441 that would tighten teacher evaluation rules statewide narrowly failed to pass the Senate Education Committee Wednesday — but it’s not completely dead yet. After hearing impassioned testimony from parents, teachers, and union representatives, the Committee deadlocked 4-4 over approval of the legislation. But the Committee also voted to...
By Samantha Oltman | April 26, 2013
Morning Read: Did UTLA Leaders Make a Deal With Candidate?
Rumor of Deal Roils Teachers Union The leadership of the Los Angeles teachers union is roiled over whether its officials made a private deal with a Board of Education candidate whom critics view as an ally of anti-labor forces. LA Times New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg Donates $350,000 to LAUSD Reformer’s Campaign With the runoff...
By LA School Report | April 25, 2013
Morning Read: Unions Oppose Teacher Evaluation Bill
Teacher Evaluations: Let the Battle Begin On Wednesday, the state Senate Education Committee will take up a bill by Sen. Ron Calderon, D-Montebello, that would adopt a formal state standard for evaluating teachers. SD Union-Tribune Editorial A Student With Promise, a Teacher Who Had to Help Brought to the U.S. as a baby, Itzel Ortega...
By Samantha Oltman | April 24, 2013
Morning Read: District 6 Runoff Ramping Up
In L.A. School Board Race, Sky-High Spending Continues Record spending will continue in the last remaining race for a seat on the Los Angeles school board, as a political action committee has put together a war chest of about $600,000 to use on behalf of a candidate endorsed by Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa. LA Times See...
By Samantha Oltman | April 22, 2013
Analysis: Worried Teachers, Union Publicity Stunt
Most of the news coverage surrounding last week’s union straw poll on LAUSD Superintendent John Deasy focused on the whopping 91 percent of teachers who expressed “no confidence” in his leadership and treated the result as if it had some sort of real-world impact. What got left out or minimized along the way was the...
By Alexander Russo | April 17, 2013