This story originally appeared in The New York Daily News.
Many New Yorkers are likely puzzled by the recent fight over teacher evaluations. To some, it may seem like nothing more than fresh piles of mindless paperwork for principals.
I’ve carefully studied the best systems for rating teachers — and I can tell you the governor picked the right fight. The deal in Albany last week will finally give schools the tools they need to manage and improve teaching. Let’s hope they use them wisely.
The tenure process is the place to start. It’s the most important decision a principal makes. One poor decision can burden thousands of future students, parents, colleagues and supervisors...