Over the past couple of days, the press is suddenly interested in whether or not New Jersey's teacher evaluations will be published publicly (see stories here, here, here). I'd first point out that all of this really traces back to a single story, co-written for Gannett by two reporters, that's made it's way to a variety of outlets; such is the media world we live in that a single piece can take up such bandwidth.
I'd also like to remind everyone that the reviews of the release of teacher evaluations in Los Angeles and New York City have been worse than the reviews for Adam Sandler's last few movies. Even Andrew Cuomo pulled back on revealing teacher ratings to the public, and he's as reformy as it gets.
But there's one other important point to be made that the Gannett story left out: ACTING NJDOE Commissioner Cerf is already on the record opposing the release of teacher evaluations:
If Chris Christie conditionally vetoes this part of the Ruiz tenure bill, he will be flying in the face of the specific recommendation of his own ACTING Commissioner.Yesterday, acting education commissioner Chris Cerf tried to quell worries and said he would be against public disclosure of individual teachers' scores."I don't believe in that," Cerf said in an interview last night. "It is counterproductive, and I believe it is not something we should put out. And especially putting that out in isolation, it's against everything we want to do."[...]When pressed whether any ratings for individual teachers would ever be made public by the Christie administration, Cerf was reluctant to promise but said he would be against it. And he didn't rule out the courts potentially intervening."That's not my inclination," he said. "Based on what I know now, I wouldn't." [emphasis mine]
I wouldn't put anything past Christie at this point, but it would be pretty remarkable to see him cut the legs out under his own man just to stick it to the unions.