Press Release

Privacy Bill Will Prevent Public Shaming of Educators

For Release: 

Thursday, June 21, 2012


Marcus Mrowka
202-531-0689 (cell)


Washington—Statement of American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten following passage of the teacher privacy bill by both houses of the New York Legislature.

"This bill will prevent the public shaming and blaming of teachers while providing parents—and parents only—with information on their child’s current teacher.

"When New York City teacher scores were released earlier this year, it didn’t matter what their scores were, teachers felt exposed and humiliated that faulty, unreliable data were used to publicly judge their entire life’s work. Teachers should not be judged in the public square based on one small snapshot while the countless ways they help children each and every day are ignored. And it violated a deal I made with former Chancellor Joel Klein years ago that scores would only be available to teachers and their supervisors for purposes of improving instruction.

"This bill restores balance and ensures that educators no longer will live in fear that evaluations and teacher rankings based on unreliable data will be splashed across the media and sensationalized by those interested in undermining public education. And it helps ensure the effective use of teacher evaluations to improve teaching and learning, and allows parents and teachers to work together to build strong public schools for all New York children.

"I want to thank New York State United Teachers President Richard Iannuzzi, United Federation of Teachers President Michael Mulgrew, Governor Cuomo and members and leaders of the New York State Assembly and Senate for their tireless work to protect teacher privacy and put an end to the public shaming of teachers."

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The AFT represents 1.7 million pre-K through 12th-grade teachers; paraprofessionals and other school-related personnel; higher education faculty and professional staff; federal, state and local government employees; nurses and healthcare workers; and early childhood educators.