The United Federation of Teachers has failed at its attempt to block the Department of Education from allowing the public to view of over 12,000 teachers' evaluations. The union will now file for an appeal at the highest court in state, The New York State Court of Appeals, according to pulished reports.
An appellate judge upheld the decision from the lower court, denying requests from the union to keep the information private and out of the public view.
The union argued the release of these evaluations would harm the reputations of the schools and their educators because the ratings were based on a flawed formula, according to the New York Post.
Richard Riley, the press secretary for United Federation of Teachers, emailed IBTimes with statements regarding the trial. He informed IBTimes through his email that the New York State United Teachers, American Federation of Teachers and National Education Association filed amicus briefs in support of the United Federation of Teachers.
Given the harm that could be done by the release of these misleading and inaccurate reports, we will be filing a motion directly with the New York State Court of Appeals seeking leave to appeal the Appellate Division's decision in this case, said Riley, quoting UFT president Michael Mulgrew.