Today is the day. September 1, 2016, marks the day that school contracts across the state must conform to S.2315, a law Stand members worked tirelessly to pass in 2012. The law ensures every public school gives priority to a teacher’s effectiveness rather than seniority when deciding who to place in the classroom. Also, it guarantees school leaders have a role in determining who is teaching in their building.
Over the past four years since the passage of the legislation, Stand has remained committed to ensuring the law realized its full potential to impact student achievement through our implementation work. This includes; supporting teacher training on the current evaluation system, serving as an advisory committee member to guide how data on educator evaluations is released to the public, and continuously educating stakeholders including parents, policymakers, and school administrators on the law.
Over the next several weeks, we will work with the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education to assess which districts are currently in compliance with the law. Every child in Massachusetts deserves a great teacher, today’s deadline gets us one step closer.