Gov. Andrew Cuomo did his best to weigh in on the decision by Mayor Bill de Blasio’s administration to cancel “co-location” agreements with three charter schools without exactly weighing in on it in a Friday-morning interview with Susan Arbetter on “The Capital Pressroom.”
Arbetter asked if it was fair that educators at charter schools weren’t subject to teacher evaluations that are required of public school teachers.
“Different issue; good question,” he said. ” … I haven’t formed a hard opinion on it, but it is a good question and it is a valid topic.”
Cuomo then launched back into his enthusiasm for the experimentation of the charter school movement, likening it to FDR’s New Deal.
When Arbetter re-posed her evaluation question, the governor said he’d be willing to discuss making charters subject to the process.
How many years after APPR and he hasn't formed a hard opinion on why it's okay for charter teachers to not be evaluated under the same system the rest of NY State's public school teachers are?
Who the hell is he kidding?
He doesn't want them evaluated under the same system because his campaign donors - i.e., the charter school operators and their hedge fundie friends - don't want that.
Good for Susan Arbetter for putting him on the spot not once but twice over this hypocrisy.
Charter operators get the kid glove treatment from the media, from the politicians, from the business community - and the same goes for their teachers.
Time for that crap to stop.
I'll have more on this later - including Cuomo's likening charters to the New Deal.
Looks like Eva Moskowitz is getting her money's worth out of all the campaign cash she's paying Cuomo.