Rochester Teachers' Association files lawsuit against state education department

Updated: 03/10/2014 5:19 PM
Created: 03/10/2014 3:37 PM WHEC.com

The Rochester Teachers' Association has filed a lawsuit against the New York State Education Department and Board of Regents. The association, which represents Rochester teachers, says teachers were unfairly penalized on their annual performance reviews because the state agencies didn't adequately account for the effects of student poverty.     

News10NBC talked with Adam Urbanski, the President of the Rochester Teacher’s Association, about what he hopes will come of this lawsuit. 

Adam Urbanski, President, Rochester Teacher's Association, said, “What I’m hoping is this will prove that not only is this junk science particularly hurtful and that it will change this kind of evaluating of teachers not only in New York State, but throughout the whole country.”

According to the Rochester Teachers’ Association, nearly 90 percent of Rochester’s students live in poverty. The state education department says it does not comment on pending litigation.

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