Cuomo Open To ‘Intelligent Suggestions’ On Education Changes
Gov. Andrew Cuomo is open to “intelligent” modifications to the education measures approved in the budget in April, but indicated he would not support broader changes being sought by state lawmakers.
Cuomo, appearing in Coxsackie at an event for his raise the age legislation, told reporters he was opposed to pushing back deadlines for developing and adopting new evaluation criteria.
“Not the deadlines — but if there are intelligent suggestions, I’ll look at them,” Cuomo said.
That does not include uncoupling of a boost in school aid to the adoption of the new evaluation scheme on the local level, Cuomo said.
“No, if there intelligent suggestions. I don’t think those would be,” he said.
Cuomo added he has not spoken with the newly appointed commissioner of education, MaryEllen Elia (the Board of Regents appoints the education commissioner, not the governor).
It’s not surprising that Cuomo wouldn’t be amendable to the changes in the education policy he pushed so hard for in the weeks leading up to the adoption of the 2015-16 state budget. The measures linked teacher evaluation performance to tenure and made it easier to fire teachers deemed to be performing poorly, despite having tenure.
Lawmakers in both chambers reluctantly backed the measures because of their linkage in an increase in school aid.
In the weeks after the budget was approved, both Republican and Democratic lawmakers introduced bills that would either exempt some top-performing school districts from aspects of the evaluations to pushing back deadlines for their adoption.
The New York State United Teachers union, in particular, was deeply opposed to the new evaluation law and has started a counteroffensive with another Cuomo proposal: the education investment tax credit.
Meanwhile, the end of the legislative session could see a strengthening of charter schools by raising the statewide cap. The leadership in the Senate Republican conference backs a bill that would raise the cap by 100 and link it to a 12-month extension of mayoral control of New York City schools.
School districts under the current law have until Nov. 15 to enact the new evaluations. The Board of Regents is due to release the new regulations governing the evaluations — including how much weight to give at least one standardized test and in-classroom observation.
Board of Regents Chancellor Merryl Tisch this week said the board is due to meet the June 30 deadline even as education officials plan to allow districts extra time that profess “hardship” situations.
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