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UFT blocks release of 12,000 grades for teachers



The United Federation of Teachers filed a lawsuit Thursday to stop the release of ratings for more than 12,000 teachers — and the city has agreed to keep them under wraps while the court hears the case, a DOE spokeswoman said.

The ratings were confidentially given to teachers over the past three years by the education department, but in its suit, the UFT says the results are based on poor criteria and are “unreliable, often incorrect, subjective analyses dressed up as scientific facts.”

“Parents have been misled enough,” UFT President Michael Mulgrew said in a statement.

The New York Post filed a Freedom of the Information Act request for the grades, which the education department was set to release Wednesday. But the UFT’s lawsuit will prevent the release until at least Nov. 24, when the suit first goes to court.

“We continue to believe that it is our obligation, under the law, to provide this data, but will await the court’s ruling after a full briefing,” DOE spokeswoman Natalie Ravitz said.

The ratings, ranging from 0 to 100, score teachers in five different categories: high, above average, average, below average and low.

According to the Post, 50 percent of teachers fall into average, while 25 percent are below average or low.

The Post didn’t return a call for comment.


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