Fighting Cuomo From the Top Down

By Mark Naison, Mark is an Education Blogger, public education advocate and a  Professor of African-American Studies and History at Fordham University and Director of Fordham’s Urban Studies Program
I would like to see the principals of the highest rated schools in New York State, and the superintendents of the highest performing districts, publicly state that they will refuse to cooperate with Andrew Cuomo’s education program, especially its ridiculous protocols for teacher evaluation, because it will demoralize their teachers and undermine the quality of the education they provide. And then dare Cuomo to come after them.
Faculty at the nation’s top colleges took such action when the US Department of Education tried to force universities to follow an assessment plan that would have the US controlling and monitoring what took place in every college classroom. So many faculty members at Fordham, and other schools like it, said they would refuse to do this that the US DOE ended up backing off, and coming up with something far less burdensome, which has yet to be implemented.

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