From the Morning Memo:

In April, state lawmakers approved a budget that created a new teacher evaluation system. Now attention in the legislature is turning toward making changes to that plan.

“I’ve co-sponsored it to deal with a lot of the issues that have come up to deal with so many of the issues that have come up with the governor’s so-called education reform proposals. Taking a look at Common Core, extending the period for public comment,” Sen. Pat Gallivan said.

Lawmakers in both the Senate and Assembly have introduced bills that would scale back the impact of the evaluation law.

In particular, lawmakers want to extend the period of time for the regulations governing the evaluation criteria to be written.

The budget set June 30 as a deadline for determining how much weight to give in-classroom observation versus a standardized test.

Another proposal would reverse linking education aid for school districts to the adoption of the evaluation systems, which districts must now enact by November.

And as a tumultuous week in Albany began to settle down, lawmakers needed little prompting to discuss their desire to change the education measures in the budget.

“I think we need to have more of a comment period and require that in the statute so that parents and educators involved can have more opportunity for input,” said Sen. James Seward.

More broadly, lawmakers want the Department of Education to review the Common Core standards and ensure examinations aren’t going over students heads.

“We need to take steps to make sure these tests that are given that are given to our students in school are age appropriate and actual cover material in the classroom,” Seward said.

If lawmakers seem to have a sense of urgency, it’s because parents and the state’s teachers unions have been vocally opposed to the education changes included in the budget agreement – policies lawmakers reluctantly adopted in order to get a boost of state aid.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo, meanwhile, is turning his attention to a revamped proposal: the Education Investment Tax Credit.

“It gives parents the real choice and it gives them the real options and it keeps religious schools open,” Cuomo said.

Cuomo this week introduced a new version of the bill which is meant to spur donations to public school foundations and private school scholarship programs. Cuomo urged supporters to contact their legislators.

The tax credit bill has passed in the Senate, but is yet to be approved by the Assembly.