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No evaluation deal for NYC

By Lombardo David
Friday, January 18, 2013

State officials lamented the failure of New York City and the United Federation of Teachers to reach an agreement on teacher and principal evaluations.

Shortly after midnight, when a deadline to approve Annual Professional Performance Review plans passed, state Board of Regents Chancellor Merryl Tisch and state Education Department Commissioner John King Jr. issued a joint statement. By failing to reach an agreement by midnight, the New York City schools lost out on a bump in state education aid.

“The loss of state aid is devastating," said Tisch in a statement.

"But just as devastating is the failure to implement an evaluation plan to give educators the feedback they need to improve their practice and help their students learn and succeed," she said. "Unfortunately, the adults couldn’t or wouldn’t come together for the sake of New York’s 1.1 million school children. The goal of the Board of Regents’ reform agenda is to make sure every student graduates with the knowledge and skills necessary to succeed in college and careers."

King said his office was working both both sides for several days.

“We tried to get the City and UFT to ‘yes’," he said in a statement. "We’ve provided technical assistance. We’ve given them answers and options from approved plans. We have a detailed understanding of the proposals from both sides and their compliance with the law."

"More than 680 districts large and small from across the state, including the rest of the Big Five, were able to reach an agreement, but the City and UFT just couldn’t get there. Once again, the students will pay the price for this failure," King said.

Going forward, he said the UFT and NYC still need to reach an agreement on an APPR plan for the good of the students.

The Galway Central School District was one of the last districts to get their plan approved. Late Thursday night, a district spokewoman announced that the state had approved their plan.

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