2013 Principal of the Year Resigns in Protest of NY State Education Reforms

“I cannot be part of reforms that eat away at the moral fabric of our schools. I cannot be part of a system that puts test scores based on a set of flawed standards before the interests of the whole child.” ~Carol Burris

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In a public letter to a fellow principal, NY States’s 2013 Principal of the Year Carol Burris recently announced that she will be resigning on June 30th, in protest of current education reforms and the state’s new teacher evaluation system.

“My sense as a principal is that most teachers feel profoundly responsible to their students, colleagues, parents and community. If we abhor the sorting of children (and I believe you do as well), why would we embrace the sorting of adults with labels like “highly effective” or “developing”? If we believe in collaboration, why would we undermine it with “pay for performance”?

It is principals’ day-to-day supervision of instruction that helps teachers improve. Teachers feel responsible when they know that their principal expects them to do their best, and in return we principals give nothing but the best of ourselves.

In light of this, I have concluded that I cannot be part of reforms that eat away at the moral fabric of our schools. I cannot be part of a system that puts test scores based on a set of flawed standards before the interests of the whole child.

All of these simpleminded, corporate reforms pushed by profiteers, politicians and the business community are putting our children’s right to a developmentally appropriate and enriched education at risk. Worse, their incentives put our very goodness at risk.

All year long I struggled with the thought of retirement, changing when that time might come on almost a daily basis. Every time I thought about writing my letter of resignation I would pull back. In the end, I decided that the new evaluation system was one in which I could not, in good conscience, participate.

June 30th will be my last day as principal… I will continue to fight for our public school children and the profession that I love from outside the system…”

~Carol Corbett Burris~

Some of Carol Burris’ Writing:

* My Concerns with Common Core * The Myth of Common Core Equity * Why the Opt Out Movement is Terrifying Our LeadersNY State Principals Letter of Concerning Regarding Teacher Evaluations (pdf) * Four Common Core Flim Flams * A Disturbing Look at Common Core Tests in New York * Carol Burris on Gov. Cuomo’s Baloney *

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About Christopher Chase

Co-creator and Admin of the Facebook pages "Tao & Zen" "Art of Learning" & "Creative Systems Thinking." Majored in Studio Art at SUNY, Oneonta. Graduated in 1993 from the Child & Adolescent Development program at Stanford University's School of Education. Since 1994, have been teaching at Seinan Gakuin University, in Fukuoka, Japan.
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2 Responses to 2013 Principal of the Year Resigns in Protest of NY State Education Reforms

  1. Beth says:

    Although very sorry that such an accomplished woman would need to leave a profession that she was contributing so much to, I admire her for leaving. Sadly, our corporatized, government-straightjacked institutions just blithely move on with more “sheepified” replacements.

    I appreciate knowing about this woman and hope more will take stands.

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