May 16, 2011

Union strikes back at NY over teacher evaluations

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - The powerful New York State United Teachers union is severing its cooperative relationship with the state Education Department because it embraced Gov. Andrew Cuomo's teacher evaluation proposals.


Richard Iannuzzi of the New York State United Teachers union says the Cuomo proposals backed by state schools Chancellor Merryl Tisch on Friday will hurt education as well as teachers.

Cuomo recommended a potential doubling of the importance of student test scores and performance and more rigorous classroom observation of teachers in the evaluation system being considered by the state Board of Regents.

The system would replace seniority to determine which teachers face layoffs.
NYSUT had agreed to the Regents' proposal before Cuomo's additions.
Now NYSUT says Monday it is considering a legal fight to block the plan.

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