Does the public have a right to study the academic progress of an individual teacher’s students?
That question could prove the next “hot topic” in policy circles. This fall, the Los Angeles Times published a controversial analysis of test scores in an effort to determine the effectiveness of more than 6,000 elementary school teachers. One teacher allegedly committed suicide after being rated poorly.
Now the New York City newspaper, the Daily News, and the United Federation of Teachers are in Manhattan Supreme Court fighting over the release of teacher evaluations conducted by the city school system.
The city’s lawyers, who are defending the right to release the documents, argue “teachers have no rights when it comes to job performance,” the Daily News reports. The union argues “the reports are deeply inaccurate.”