A Manhattan judge yesterday denied a teacher’s union request to stop the city from publishing the grades for more than 12,000 teachers, according to published reports.
Justice Cynthia Kern said the United Federation of Teacher’s argument that the data is severely flawed is no reason to stop the city from releasing the data, and that the “privacy interest at issue is outweighed by the public’s interest in disclosure.”
The UFT filed the suit in October after a few news organizations requested the data be released. The union said releasing the data would violate teachers’ privacy, and that the data is flawed and would be misleading.
David Schulz, the attorney for the news companies, said he was pleased that the “judge recognized that the public has a legitimate interest in the job performance of public employees.”
He added: “The way you correct misinformation or erroneous action by government agencies is to open it up to the light of day.”
UFT president Michael Mulgrew said he’s “disappointed” at the ruling and that the federation will appeal.
“The reports — which are largely based on discredited state tests, have huge margins of error and are filled with inaccuracies — will only serve to mislead parents looking for real information,” Mulgrew said