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Dueling Evaluation Memos from Union, District

Alexander Russo | March 20, 2013

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On Friday, LAUSD sent out an announcement about the new teacher evaluation program that the district and the teachers union agreed to earlier this year, clarifying its position on the use of student achievement data.

Now, UTLA is denouncing the district memo for “attempt[ing] to discredit UTLA’s internal materials to our membership while also continuing to add another layer of add-on communication and confusion to a legal agreement that has already been ratified by both parties.”

As you may recall, the district and union came to an agreement over teacher evaluations in January.

However, LAUSD issued a guideline for principals calling on them to make student achievement up to 30 percent of teacher evaluations, and UTLA responded earlier this month with a “toolkit” for members telling them its interpretation of the deal that was agreed to and how to respond if principals were implementing it inaccurately.

Deasy has said that he doesn’t want principals evaluating teachers differently within or between different schools. The LA Times editorial page has suggested lowering the student achievement component of the teacher evaluations below 30 percent.

According to its latest announcement, UTLA will “aggressively grieve any Below Standard Stull evaluation which attempts to utilize any of the misleading conclusions, included in the March 15 memo to administrators.”

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