Teachers Claim Unfair Evaluations in Lawrence
A number of teachers who lost their jobs in Lawrence public schools this year say they were unfairly evaluated, asserting that administrators failed to provide adequate and timely feedback.
The Lawrence school system, taken over by the state in 2011, has dismissed 57 nontenured teachers and staff this year after deeming they were not a good fit for the district. Amy Berard, a former middle school English teacher, said she was evaluated March 31, but did not receive feedback until May 18. That delay, she said, gave her little time to improve or implement an administrator’s suggestions.
Comments on the evaluation, which was provided to the Globe, include “rigor of the class is low,” “urgency lacking,” and “routines for group work were not clear.”