The administration postponed the regular meeting scheduled for February 4th until February 9th. This gives us less than two days to react to administrative items. The HFT agenda follows:
HOUSTON FEDERATION OF TEACHERS
Please include the following to the February 4, 2010 Instructional Consultation agenda:
1. EVAAS Problems/Lies told to teachers by the Superintendent
We have numerous concerns and questions regarding both the plan to use EVAAS data in assessments and terminations and the communication about the use of EVAAS data coming from the Superintendent.
2. Tactics of investigators
We have numerous concerns and questions regarding the tactics used by investigators at Key/Kashmere.
We have received several reports from employees who have to be re-printed because the original technician was unable to get good prints. They should not have this many errors. This causes a further interruption of the instructional day. The shoddy workmanship of the firm hired to do the prints should not take away from teaching time.
4. Support of the classroom teacher.
The following is complaint from one of our members:
“I am not being given the support I need to accomplish the goals that have been set forth by the district and my campus administration. The materials and resources I need are being, I feel, unfairly withheld affecting my ability to do my job effectively and get the desired results.”
This type of complaint is very common. When we ask for the name of the school, we find that teachers are petrified of administrative retaliation. The fix must come from the top. We have clearly heard the teacher-bashing coming from the administration and certain members of the school board. The message is that it is all the fault of the classroom teacher. The above complaint is typical. Teachers are begging for administrative support. Not just materials, but also support for what they are doing. When is the administration going to do its part in the education of our children?
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