Tennessee: NEA, Local Unions Sue to Stop “Arbitrary” Evaluations

“If we’re serious about every child’s future, let’s get serious about doing what works,” added Eskelsen García. “We need to end these arbitrary evaluation systems, which fail our students by undermining our public schools.”

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The National Education Association is supporting Tennessee local unions in challenging the constitutionality of a teacher evaluation system that judges teachers by the test scores of students they have not taught.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 5, 2015

CONTACT: Staci Maiers, NEA Communications, 202-270-5333 cell, smaiers@nea.org
Amanda Chaney, TEA Communications, 615-242-8392, achaney@tnea.org

NEA SUPPORTS TEACHERS CHALLENGING CONSTITUTIONALITY OF EVALUATIONS
***Tennessee students suffer because of state’s arbitrary, irrational teacher evaluation systems***

WASHINGTON—Two accomplished teachers will file a lawsuit today in Nashville, Tennessee, to challenge the evaluation of most teachers in the state based on the standardized test scores of students in courses they did not teach. The teachers are joined by their representatives from the Tennessee Education Association and the Metropolitan Nashville and Anderson County Education Associations in the lawsuit, which is being prosecuted by the National Education Association and TEA. The lawsuit argues that these arbitrary, irrational and unfair policies violate…

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