Youngsown teachers union vows to “take action

By William K. Alcorn

alcorn@vindy.com

YOUNGSTOWN

Youngstown Education Association President Larry Ellis said schools CEO Krish Mohip’s action on teacher evaluations, unveiled Saturday, violates the YEA’s contract with the Youngstown City School District, which runs through June 30, 2018.

“We will be taking any action necessary to preserve our contract,” Ellis said in a statement to The Vindicator on Saturday evening, which also was signed by YEA Vice President Paula Valentini.

“The teachers in the Youngstown City School District follow the rigorous guidelines outlined in the Ohio Teacher Evaluation System. Our contract ... outlines when and how the evaluations should occur,” said the YEA officials.

They contended that Mohip’s Saturday announcement is not only in violation of that contract, it further demonstrates an atmosphere in which teachers are not feeling supported, but rather blamed and threatened.

According to Mohip’s new plan, individual teacher evaluations will include a second layer reflecting the district as a whole and counting for 50 percent of the evaluation.

The new “shared attribution measures,” or student-growth measures can be attributed to the entire district, Mohip told The Vindicator on Friday. In other words, poor performance by the district as a whole will be reflected on each teacher’s evaluation.

“This helps motivate teachers to help students in areas in which they need the most support – even if that’s not their subject,” Mohip said Friday, adding, “I want everyone to be thinking, ‘How can we help our students learn and improve those literacy skills throughout their day?’”

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