AirTalk for May 31, 2012

Can new teacher evaluation proposal bring LAUSD and UTLA together?

Teachers Rally To Highlight Proposed Budget Cuts

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School psychologists (L-R) Jimena Delpozo, Lynn Elias and Diana Socier take part in an education budget cuts rally and protest at Pershing Square on May 13, 2011 in downtown Los Angeles, California. LAUSD will meet with a coalition of advocates to discuss new teacher evaluation metrics.

A coalition of teachers, parents and advocates today will present a new proposed evaluation system for L.A. Unified School District and teachers union to agree on.

Organizers report that both groups are in 85% agreement on what a new teacher evaluation system should look like. Notable elements reported include: 25% of a teacher’s evaluation should be student test data and rewarding teachers who close the achievement gap by raising the score or collective scores of chronically low-performing students.

Does the proposal go far enough? Is this really an effort to bring LAUSD and UTLA together or bypass the union?

GUESTS

Mike Stryer, Director of New Unionism for "Future is Now," he is also part of "Our Schools, Our Voice"

Bill Lucia, President and CEO, Edvoice

John Rogers, Professor of Education and Director of UCLA’s Institute for Democracy, Education, and Access (IDEA)


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