ALBANY — Siding with teachers’ unions over the administration of Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, the state Legislature on Thursday approved a plan to limit the public disclosure of teacher evaluations.
Under the plan, unveiled by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo shortly before midnight on Monday, parents will be allowed to see the evaluations of their children’s current teachers, but the public will only be allowed to see evaluation data after the names of teachers are removed.
The approval of the measure, on the final scheduled day of this year’s legislative session, came three months after lawmakers approved a new statewide teacher evaluation system. School districts are required to put the evaluation system in place by January.
Mr. Cuomo released a statement saying that his proposal “strikes the right balance between protecting teacher privacy and a parent’s right to know.”
“This bill," he added, "is the metaphorical cherry on the cake to the end of what I believe is one of the most successful and broad- ranging legislative sessions in modern political history.”
Wow - what an arrogant, egotistical man Andrew Cuomo is.
Forget whether you think the evaluation bill is a good one or not.
For Cuomo to frame this thing as "the metaphorical cherry on the cake to the end of what I believe is one of the most successful and broad- ranging legislative sessions in modern political history” really says something about the delusion this guy exists in.
I'll deal with why I think this the evaluation law and disclosure agreement will be a nightmare in years to come, will do little to improve education quality but will help move tens of thousands of good teachers out of the system in a future post.
For now, I just want to bask in the all-encompassing ego that is Andrew Cuomo.