Thursday, April 25, 2013

APS Board disses APS teachers in general, their union (leader) in particular

The APS School Board will meet tomorrow. link, to begin discussion on teacher (and school leader) evaluations.  The discussion will not include the input of a single teacher, a single community member, nor even a student from APS Supt Winston Brooks' beloved student advisory council.  The leadership of the APS has never offered to justify their decision to ignore teacher input, in particular on an issue so important to teachers as the process by which they are evaluated.  In denying teachers a seat at their table, the board and senior administration are denying the benefit of nearly 100,000 years of ongoing teaching experience.

More importantly, it will not include the input of the teachers union.  Albuquerque Teachers Federation President Ellen Bernstein apparently, has not been invited to participate.

Regardless of how one feels about teacher unions in general, the Albuquerque teachers union, or its president, denying them a seat at the table where teacher evaluation is being discussed, is unconscionable.

I suppose they will allow her to sit in the audience for as long as she behaves herself; asks no inconvenient questions, and offers no opposition to their plan or their process.

photo Mark Bralley

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

It will be interesting to see if Ellen endorses Marty for the board, like she did for " get in teacher's faces" Paula. She has been doing nothing, and getting well paid, for years.

It is time for teachers to stand up and take back their union and their schools from the powers that be!

I know, when pigs fly!