Judge Blocks Cuomo's School Aid Cut
State Supreme Court Justice Manuel Mendez temporarily blocked Gov. Andrew Cuomo's from witholding $260 million in aid to New York City schools saying that students should not be punished because the Bloomberg administration and the teachers union could not reach a deal on teacher evaluations. The judge says funds can't be witheld until the lawsuit is resolved but the Cuomo administration has said it plans to appeal. Cuomo set a January deadline for the city to come up with a teacher evaluations deadline but last-minute negotiations brokedown and both sides have been playing the blame game ever since. Cuomo has since said he will impose a teacher evaluation system on the city if negotiations aren't successful by June. The judge noted this saying, "There are alternate means of achieving [evaluation] goals while preserving federal grant funds without the long term effects of financial sanctions on the students," he wrote.
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