Mulgrew: Negotiations Over Evaluations Has Failed (Updated)
United Federation of Teachers President Michael Mulgrew said in a statement this afternoon that he’s informed Gov. Andrew Cuomo that the city and labor group won’t be able to meet today’s deadline on local criteria on teacher evaluation standards, settin up a 4 percent reduction in state aid.
Not surprisingly, Mulgrew blamed New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg:
I am sorry to announce that I have notified Governor Cuomo and other state officials that — despite long nights of negotiation and a willingness on the part of teachers to meet the DOE halfway – the intransigence of the Bloomberg administration on key issues has made it impossible to reach agreement on a new teacher evaluation system.
It is particularly painful to make this announcement because last night our negotiators had reached agreement – but Mayor Bloomberg blew the deal up in the early hours today, and despite the involvement of state officials we could not put it back together. Thousands of parents have gotten a lesson this week, as the Mayor’s “my way or the highway” approach has left thousands of schoolchildren stranded at curbs across the city by the school bus strike. That same stubborn attitude on the Mayor’s part now means that our schools will suffer a loss of millions of dollars in state aid.
The negotiations between the UFT and Bloomberg administration haven’t exactly gone smoothly. The UFT aired ads criticizing Bloomberg’s time in office, while the mayor knocked the union for being out of step with its membership, comparing them to the NRA.
Update: Bloomberg held a news conference and the transcript of his opening statement was released by his office. In it, Bloomberg says the UFT’s demands would have made for a deal that sunset in June 2015 and doubled of arbitration the number hearings available to teachers who file grievances in the process.
In other words, it’s finger pointing time.
“In addition, at the last minute and in the middle of the night, the UFT insisted on changing the method of scoring teacher evaluations, in a way that would have ensured that fewer teachers were rated ineffective,” Bloomberg said. “So the bottom line is, in failing to reach an agreement, those were the unfortunate reasons why. And the saddest part is that our students will pay the cost. They’ll pay the cost when they are denied the candid professional evaluations for teachers that would help them become better teachers. They’ll pay the cost when we can’t weed out the ineffective teachers who just aren’t up to the job, even after they’ve been given professional guidance and help.”
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