A state-imposed deadline for having a teacher-evaluation plan in place has come and gone, leaving New York City as one of just a handful of districts not to meet the deadline—and potentially imperiling some $250 million in state education aid.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo, a Democrat, had made $800 million in state aid contingent on districts and unions signing off on teacher-evaluation plans that would meet the requirements of new state laws and regulations.
Negotiators worked into the morning trying to secure a deal, but none was forthcoming.
Predictably, the United Federation of Teachers is blaming the Mayor Michael Bloomberg for "torpedoing" an agreement it says district negotiators signed off on in the wee morning hours. But Bloomberg has disputed that, GothamSchools reports, saying that the UFT wanted a "sunset clause" that would require the whole agreement to be renegotiated in two years—perhaps before any teachers were subject to adverse action based on the reviews.