Today they had a guest column in the paper where they spent a good sixth of the time talking about thier accomplishments. Used car salesman don’t sell as hard as they do. It reminds me of the time they said they were responsible for the rise in local graduation rates, I
shit kid you not.
So they gathered together 17 people, 17 out of 8,000 if they were all teaches and my bet is they weren’t, I contacted both the TU and the JPEF to see the list but neither have gotten back to me and from that group they made a list of suggestions. Suggestions the TU gave validity to when they printed their piece and I don’t know about you but I don’t want any of my students evaluating me, one of the suggestions, and I am the cool teacher. Teachers already have too little and students already have to much power that the thought of giving them more is crazy.
So yes teachers do support relevant evaluations but for the article not to mention the clumsy and unwieldy CAST evaluation system makes me think the entire thing is bogus. I don’t know anybody who thinks the CAST is an effective or good evaluation tool and for the JPEF to gloss that over means they are attempting to protect the district which is a terrible thing for the city’s teachers and the city itself.
Here is the thing too when they get in bed with the district then they have a vested interest in making sure that the district appears to be doing well, it destroys any appearance of impartiality. They will spin fold and manipulate anything the district does into a positive because anything negative will impact them as well.
Having a non profit supporting education is a great thing, having a non profit with an agenda to privatize and support the district regardless of evidence isn’t. We have the latter not the former.
To read more about how great they think they are click the link: http://jaxpef.org/media/5557/jaxpef-teacher-roundtable-summary-memo.pdf