May 02, 2018

NYSUT praises Assembly for passing bill to reduce testing burden, fix evaluations

Source:  NYSUT Media Relations
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ALBANY, N.Y. May 2, 2018 — New York State United Teachers President Andy Pallotta today praised the Assembly for acting swiftly to reduce the state’s emphasis on standardized testing and fix the broken teacher evaluation system.

“Parents and teachers are fed up. They want this broken system fixed — and they want it fixed this year. Our message is clear: ‘Let us teach. Let them learn.’ This bill would return control over teacher evaluations to local school districts and teachers, allowing them to collectively bargain systems that help teachers grow professionally while meeting the unique needs of their students. This is instrumental to winning back the trust and confidence of parents and educators. We thank Speaker Carl Heastie for moving swiftly to pass this bill. We call on the Senate to move just as quickly to get this bill passed.”

New York State United Teachers is a statewide union with more than 600,000 members in education, human services and health care. NYSUT is affiliated with the American Federation of Teachers, the National Education Association and the AFL-CIO.

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