Dear Neighborhood School Families,
As you may have read recently in the news, Governor Cuomo has proposed major changes to teacher evaluations in New York State:
50% of a teacher’s rating would be based on state test scores. (Currently it is 20%).
35% of a teacher’s rating would be based on the findings of an outside “independent observer” who will conduct a one time visit to the classroom. This has never been done before. Currently my observations count for 60%.
15% of a teacher’s rating would be based on my observations.
50% + 35% = 85% of teacher evaluations would be removed from the hands of our community and placed in the hands of the state.
Using these numbers, any teacher who is rated ineffective two years in a row can be fired. The values present in Governor Cuomo’s proposals are antithetical to our own. In fact, they place them at risk. The numbers are clear: 50% of our value will be six days of tests. 35% of our value will be one day with an independent observer. And 15% of our value will be in evaluation by me. Please join me, teachers and the Advocacy Committee on Monday, March 9 at 8:40am in the PTA Room to discuss the details of Cuomo’s proposal and what we as a school community can do.
Mark your calendars!
Opt In? Opt Out?: Discussion on Wednesday, March 4: 6:30-8:30PM at PS 261, 314 Pacific Street in Brooklyn. It is a conversation with principals, teachers, and parents from NYS.
February’s PTA meeting was rescheduled for Thursday at 8:40am in the PTA room. Teddy and I will be discussing DOE safety drills and protocols.
The Neighborhood School Artisan Fair and Rummage Sale is Saturday from 10 - 5pm. This year, along with numerous artists, designers and crafters who will be hawking their hand-made goods there will be a clothing rummage sale, a book reading by one of our very own TNS parents and karaoke! You read that right! It is going to be a fun-filled day with something for everyone and best of all it’s a fundraiser for TNS!
Judy, Dara, Katie, Meg & Olivia, Laurie, Colin & Desmond, Alexis & Christie and Chelsea & Jane’s classes (finally) go ice skating on Monday, March 9!
Have a good week,