The Department of Education and the teachers’ union must reach an agreement on a new teacher evaluation system before a deadline of January 17, 2013. New York City schools stand to lose $300 million in state education aid if a deal is not reached. Many feel that the current evaluation system inadequate, and does not provide the feedback and development opportunities teachers need.
According to SchoolBook, even teachers themselves are supportive of a new evaluation system. Brooklyn math teacher, Wendy Menard, explained that she wants to improve and grow in her role as a teacher:
“[Teaching is] a profession in which you can constantly grow and, to my mind, one in which you should want to continually grow,” Menard said. “If you don’t want to grow anymore, then I think you shouldn’t be teaching.”