February 13, 2016
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel
Albany, NY – The New York State United Teachers is suing the state Education Department, contending that school authorities can’t impose “improvement plans” on teachers without negotiating with the union.
The suit contests regulations approved by the state Board of Regents last June, which said that teachers rated "developing" or "ineffective" on their annual review must follow an improvement plan "developed by the superintendent or his or her designee.” NYSUT, joined by locals in Buffalo and Yonkers and a number of individual teachers, argues that under the state's Taylor Law, that should be determined by collective bargaining. “NYSUT will continue to fiercely defend the collective bargaining rights of each and every one of its members and local unions against any encroachment,” union President Karen Magee said in a statement. Read more