The CT Mirror is reporting that “after holding numerous meetings behind closed doors to finalize details on how teachers and principals will be graded, the State Department of Education has said the public and the media can attend the sessions from now on.”
The Performance Evaluation Advisory Council, charged with the task of developing a new evaluation system for Connecticut educators were scheduled to have their first meeting in three months on Monday, but the meeting was cancelled and “closed ‘working group’ meetings scheduled instead.”
However, that decision was reversed today, with Commissioner Stefan Pryor’s spokesman saying “We have decided that inviting the media to these working group sessions is the right thing to do. We are hopeful and confident that these sessions can proceed with the candor necessary for participants to advance this critical process.”
So let’s hear it for the Malloy Administration who have decided that “inviting the media to these working group sessions is the right thing to do,” not to mention it is the law!
Meanwhile, those interested in the “underlying issue” should read the rest of the CT Mirror article at http://ctmirror.com/story/16438/change-plans-meetings-creating-teacher-evaluations-will-be-public .
It looks like the best quote goes to the representative of the Connecticut Association of Superintendents who apparently addressed one of the teachers on the panel by saying “You’re concerned about monstrous administrators, and we’re concerned about ineffective teachers.”
Apparently the concerns of parents and students didn’t warrant any discussion.
The whole mess is a reminder that if these “education reformers” aren’t stopped soon, they’ll end up destroying Connecticut’s education system and it will be our children that will pay the price, while these people cash their consulting and lobbying checks.