Students for Education Reform at the State University of New York at Geneseo supports Gov. Andrew Cuomo on the teacher-evaluation deal he helped broker last week. “I support you Governor Cuomo,” is what dozens of students say in a video created by the organization.
The group says in a statement that state Education Commissioner John King, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and unions “came through big time for kids.”
“An effective teacher evaluation system a big step towards ensuring that students will excel above and beyond our expectations — that can only happen if teachers are evaluated effectively” said Julia Addeo, co-chapter leader. “At the end of the day, every child needs to have access to great teachers.”
Addeo, who appears first in the video, says she plans to teach high school math and understands why creating a successful evaluation system is important. “As an educator, I need to know what is working for my students and what is not and be able to plan my lessons accordingly,” she says.
The agreement for a revamped teacher- and principal-evaluation system was incorporated into the governor’s 2012-13 budget proposal last week. Lawmakers have until April 1, the start of the new fiscal year, to adopt a budget. They are expected to approve the deal on evaluations.
Cuomo said last month that the teacher-evaluation legislation enacted in 2010 is a “failure” and has been taking too long to implement. He gave the state Education Department and New York State United Teachers until last week to reach a settlement on a lawsuit the union had filed on regulations for the system. The 2010 law and the proposed deal tie student performance and growth on standardized tests to teachers’ and principals’ annual evaluations.
Students for Education Reform promotes educational equity and has more than 80 chapters in 29 states. There are 11 chapters in New York.
This is the video: