It took long enough, but in the end, New York’s public school students won an important victory last week when the teachers union and Governor Cuomo came to an agreement on a new teacher-evaluation system.
The most immediate benefit is easy to measure: With an evaluation system in place, the state moved closer to qualifying for $700 million in federal aid through President Obama’s “Race to the Top” funding mechanism. The feds were threatening to withhold the money if New York did not implement a required evaluation system. While the state still may have to clear up other issues before qualifying for the aid, it’s clear that the evaluation system is a major step in the race to the top.
Gubernatorial hopeful Rick Lazio, who has been criticized by Democrats for failing to release his tax returns, called on Andrew Cuomo to “name the time and place” where the two of them, along with their running mates, can get together for a public airing of their IRS forms.
“Andrew, for the good of Read More
ALBANY—A plan to double the number of charter schools is not getting a warm reception from two education groups that just sued David Paterson.
“There are ways of doing it, of raising the cap and also of raising some of the problems they’re having with charter schools. Any thing is discussable. We haven’t said, Read More
ALBANY—David Paterson just endorsed lifting the cap on the number of charter schools in the state—a move recommended yesterday by the State Board of Regents—to make New York more competitive for the “race to the top” pool of federal education funding.
“I can appreciate that people have ideological differences with some of the Read More