A judge today has temporarily blocked the state from cutting of more than $200 million in education aid to New York City after the Bloomberg adminsitration and the United Federation of Teachers failed to come to an agreement on the local criteria teacher evaluations.
Updated: Cuomo spokesman Rich Azzopardi said in a statement this evening that, “This is a preliminary injunction and the state intends to appeal.”
The judge, Manuel Mendez, writes in the temporary injunction that the city’s students had no control over the legislative process or the evluation negotiations that produced the current impasse.
The lawsuit filed earlier this month came after the state halted the boost in state aid to the city when the Jan. 17 deadline to resolve the evaluations issue was blown.
The legal challenge was filed by Michael Rebell, the executive director of the Campaign for Education Equity and was one of the co-plaintiffs of the successful Campaign for Fiscal Equity case that claimed the state wasn’t successfully funding public schools.
It seems Andrew Cuomo, the self-appointed lobbyist for students, just cannot allow students to receive the $250 million in increased aid and so he will appeal to try and take that money away from them.
You see, Andy cares about the kids.
Oh, and he hates to lose.
Which is of course mostly what this is all about - the governor's power to exert control over everything and everybody.
He can't allow anybody - even a judge - to tell him he's wrong.
Nice guy this Andy.