Friday, July 12, 2013

StudentFirstNY Files Lawsuit Against Department of Education

It’s great to see this lawsuit by StudentsFirstNY – taking a page from an earlier, similar suit in CA, which uses a lawsuit to challenge outrageous stuff in union contracts that screw poor kids. And, contrary to this article, I am quite certain that this lawsuit, while filed against the NYC DOE, is not viewed as a hostile act, as it’s real target is the union:

An advocacy group that fought for changes to teacher evaluations plans to cite data from the old rating system in a civil rights suit against the city.

In a complaint that hasn’t yet been filed, StudentsFirstNY will ask the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights to investigate the distribution of teacher quality in city schools. The group issued a report in January finding that the 3 percent of teachers rated “unsatisfactory” last year worked disproportionately often in schools with many poor students of color. Its complaint will allege that the distribution was the result of discriminatory city policies.

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