Cuomo's final offer on teacher evaluations
June 19th, 2012
Gov. Andrew Cuomo made it clear at a 1 p.m. press conference today that he is done negotiating on teacher evaluations. The Cuomo administration introduced a bill late last night that would allow teacher evaluations to be made public but without †the teacher’s names.
ďThatís the bill, the bill is not going to change. Thereís not going to be a substitute bill. They act on it or they donít. But thereís not going to be changes or discussions at this time,” Cuomo told reporters.
Cuomo issued this statement when his bill was introduced late last night, after negotiations broke down: ďI am introducing my bill, the Teacher and Principal Evaluation Disclosure Act, for consideration by the Senate and the Assembly. I believe the bill strikes the right balance between a teacherís right to privacy and the parentsí and publicís right to know. If the Senate or the Assembly do not agree with this position, we can continue discussions and negotiations, and consider legislation in a future session, as the teacher evaluation system does not become operational until next year. I am sending the bill because I wanted my thoughts and position to be clear and specific in order to further the ongoing public dialogue on this important issue.Ē
The Assembly Majority indicated earlier in the day that they intend to vote on Cuomo’s bill before Thursday. Senate Republicans have indicated they have concerns and are not likely to vote on the bill as it stands.By David King on June 19, 2012, 3:06 pm
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