ALBANY, N.Y. August 24, 2011 — New York State United Teachers said today a state Supreme Court ruling on teacher-principal evaluations is a significant win for the state’s public education system.
“This decision upholds the role of practitioners and the value of collective bargaining,” said NYSUT President Richard C. Iannuzzi. “We are pleased the judge has upheld the statute as NYSUT interprets it. Today’s ruling is good for students and for teachers.”
NYSUT, Iannuzzi said, remains committed to a fair, objective and transparent teacher-principal evaluation process that uses multiple measures — a process upheld by the courts.
Iannuzzi added the union is hopeful the state Education Department will be at the table in collaboration with NYSUT in order to proceed in the context under which the statute is written.
NYSUT, the state’s largest union, represents more than 600,000 teachers, school-related professionals, academic and professional faculty in higher education, professionals in education and health care and retirees. NYSUT is affiliated with the American Federation of Teachers, National Education Association and the AFL-CIO.