A top New York education official says the state’s deadline for new teacher evaluation plans is unrealistic and is directing the Education Department to give districts more time.
A slate of education reforms were part of the state budget passed in Albany, New York, Tuesday night, but teachers are not happy with the results.
The bone-chilling weather on Saturday did not stop hundreds of teachers, students and parents from gathering in front of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s East Side office to protest his administration’s education policy.
New York’s largest teachers union accused Cuomo of reneging on an agreement that he announced in June.
Nine out of 10 New York City school teachers were rated effective or highly effective in the first year of state-mandated evaluations.
Lately there has been an uproar among parents in New York who are upset with state standardized tests they say are too hard for their children.
Monday’s agreement addresses a concern at the center of an impasse between New York City and its teachers union that caused city schools to miss a deadline for adopting an evaluation plan.
Mayor Michael Bloomberg said the $250 million New York City schools stand to lose amid a standoff on teacher evaluations is important, but the city “cannot compromise on having a real evaluation system.”
The New York City Department of Education has issued a letter to state officials, outlining its teacher training and evaluation goals and the steps taken to put them into action.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Wednesday that if New York City and the teachers union can’t reach a deal on teacher evaluations, the state will impose one.
The deadline has already come and gone on inking a deal for teacher evaluations that could have gotten New York City $450 million in aid and grants.
Mayor Michael Bloomberg delivered stinging criticism of the New York City teacher’s union Tuesday for “dragging their feet and throwing up roadblocks” during negotiations over teacher evaluations.
NYC Could Still Land $200 Million In Aid After State Education Commissioner Extends Teacher Evaluation Deadline
The deadline for an additional $200 million in grants was extended to February 15 by New York Education Commissioner John King Friday afternoon.
The lack of agreement between the city and the union representing 75,000 teachers puts the city school district at risk of losing $450 million in state aid and grants.
If an evaluation plan is not submitted on time, the city could lose $450 million in state aid and grants.