U-rating numbers hold near last year’s level
That’s the subject line on an e-mail I received from the UFT’s Communications Department.
Turns out, U’s rose from 957 in 2004 – 05 to 981 in 2005 – 06. Those numbers are flat.
But why was the e-mail sent? It’s an attempt to show that the contract we approved last Fall was not so bad.
There are numbers for U’s, and we should all be glad they did not rise appreciably. But if we want to look at the effects of the last contract, we should look at “letters to file.”
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Our contract gave up the right to grieve letters to file. As a result, members could not challenge bad letters (even though the members usually lost). Worse, principals could write letters without wondering if they would have to defend them in a grievance.
Unsatisfactory observations are a form of “letter to file.” They are serious, and if you get one you should speak with your Chapter Leader. It’s natural for some people to feel embarassed; this is not a reason to avoid going to your Chapter Leader. Many of us have, at one time or another, received a U Observation.
An unsatisfactory rating is much more serious. At the end of each school year you should receive a rating sheet. If your rating is not satisfactory, you must speak to your chapter leader who should send you to a specialist at your borough office.
These U-ratings, their numbers held steady. Why shouldn’t they have?
So? Did the number of letters to file increase? We don’t know. U rating stats we get (I assume) from the DoE. But we would need to get letter to file stats from our own members, through their chapters. And I doubt are chapters are strong enough, are well enough organized, to provide the data we need.
You know what needs some work?