I also wondered if there would be any changes to either the Common Core implementation or Cuom's APPR teacher evaluation system.
Daily Politics reports the following:
Gov. Cuomo and state lawmakers are zeroing in on a deal that would set aside $300 million for a full-day prekindergarten in New York City, the Daily News has learned.
Sources close to the talks say additional money would also be given to the city that can be used for after-school programs, though it woulnd't be specifically earmarked for that purpose.
All told, the sources said, the emerging budget deal would likely provide a total package close to what Mayor de Blasio has been seeking--though without the increase in the city income tax the mayor had been seeking to fund the expansion.
But, as with anything in the flow of budget talks, the sources warn no deal is set until the final budget is agreed upon.
The emerging budget deal will also set aside additional money for full-day pre-K programs outside the city. But, sources said, that money will have more flexibility so districts can also use it to beef up full-day kindergarten programs.
In addition, it’s expected that an education bond act that will go before voters will set aside money for pre-kindergarten classroom construction as well as additional space so the city can close down the trailers that house some classes.
Legislative leaders reported progress on the budget talks. Sources said a deal to delay the impact of the Common Core testing on students--but not the teacher evaluation process--for two years has been agreed to.
One source said the major outstanding issues involve charter schools, an anti-corruption package, campaign finance reform and the DREAM Act.
Cuomo held fast to the teacher evaluation law - as was expected.
Looks like no changes to APPR and teachers will be evaluated with the Common Core "assessments" despite the contention by Cuomo and Company that the CCSS tests are not ready for prime time evaluation for children.
But so far, if Daily Politics is to be believed, Shelly hasn't given Cuomo his charter school protections yet.