Topic: Evaluations

Lawsuit settlement ends use of value-added evaluations for Houston teachers

In another huge victory for the right of teachers to be fairly evaluated, Houston ISD agreed, in a settlement of a federal lawsuit brought by seven Houston teachers and our local union-- the Houston Federation of Teachers--not to use value-added scores to terminate a teacher as long as the teacher is unable to independently test or challenge the score. The most significant blow in this lawsuit was...

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Texas AFT Wins Another Major Victory Against Misuse of “Value-Added” in Teacher Appraisal

We are pleased to report another big win in the ongoing battle against the high-stakes misuse of "value-added" methodologies in teacher evaluations. Here's our press release from earlier today announcing this major new development in federal district court in Houston: A Thursday ruling in the federal lawsuit filed by the Houston Federation of Teachers against Houston ISD sends a clear...

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Key Lawsuit Win on Teacher Evaluations; News on Vouchers, School Nurses and Retiree Health Care

Nurse-Staffing Notification, Community Schools, Employee Decision-Making, Accountability Bills Gain Ground:  HB 1847 by Rep. Garnet Coleman (D-Houston), a good bill requiring parents to be notified when their child's school does not have a school nurse available throughout the school day, won quick, unanimous approval in the House Public Education Committee yesterday. Strong testimony by school nurse Starla Reichek of the...

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Rollback of Simplistic A-F School Ratings Approved in House Committee

The House Public Education Committee on Tuesday voted unanimously to revise and roll back the simplistic A-F school-rating scheme enacted in 2015. The bipartisan unanimity for HB 22 bodes well for the ratings rollback in the full House. HB 22 as approved in committee delays the first use of the A-F rating system until the 2019-2020 school year. Through 2018-2019...

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