From the Morning Memo:

New York State United Teachers is planning a series of parties to take place across the state on Friday — that is as long as the state Senate votes and passes a bill decoupling teacher evaluations and standardized tests.

If the bill remains in committee though, the union warns those “thank you parties” could quickly turn into protests. In short, teachers plan on gathering outside nine district offices either way.

They are the office of these lawmakers:

  • Fred Akshar- R-Binghamton
  • George Amedore – R-Rotterdam
  • Rich Funke – R-Perinton
  • Chris Jacobs – R-Buffalo
  • Carl Marcellino – R-Syosset
  • Terrence Murphy – R-Yorktown
  • Tom O’Mara – R-Big Flats
  • Sue Serino – R-Hyde Park

Marcellino, the bill’s primary sponsor, is also the chair of the Education Committee where it remains stalled. NYSUT has already been working on nudging Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan to bring the bill to the floor with rolling billboards which will be circling the Capitol today.

The union has been pushing for the measure for years and with the Assembly already passing it and the governor indicating he would sign the bill, the Senate remains the final frontier.

**An earlier version of this story incorrectly noted the Senators listed had not sponsored the bill. In fact they are all among the 55 Senate co-sponsors.