CUOMO ON TEACHER EVALUATIONS AT FORBES SUMMIT -- At a private Forbes magazine-sponsored discussion forum in June, Governor Andrew Cuomo told an audience of wealthy philanthropists that state-mandated performance evaluations should be the basis for hiring, firing and tenure decisions. Forbes published video clips and a transcript from the panel on Monday, with excerpts set to appear in its December 15 issue. Capital reported in October that Cuomo and American Federation of Teachers president Randi Weingarten participated in the discussion at the Forbes 400 Philanthropy Summit.
“As a general rule, I am against public monopolies,” Cuomo said at the event, a sentiment that he repeated later during a pre-election interview with the Daily Newseditorial board. “I am in favor of competition and incentives in any system. ... The teacher evaluations system, I think, is the bedrock of this issue. ... There will be incentives. You can promote the stronger. You can help the weaker, and that’s the way markets work and systems work that will break down the ‘public monopoly.’” Watch this clip for more: http://onforb.es/1yaTglY
Watch the video (link above) - Weingarten is sitting there as Cuomo, pontificating in that insufferable "I am God" voice, explains how competition and incentives makes every system - including the public education system - better.
To reiterate: Cuomo says his teacher evaluation system is the "bedrock" of this issue, bringing competition and incentive to teachers, and he plans to "break" the public school monopoly by adding competition and incentives to it.
He speaks as if his evaluation system and incentive system is awesome (and you can see fellow education reform hack Kaya Henderson - the one implicated in systemic cheating in D.C. - nodding her head as he talks about how hard it has been to implement his system of competition and incentives.
He says evaluating teachers isn't rocket science, but it can and will be done, so as to make schools work like an efficient market, with hiring, firing and bonuses based on evaluations.
Watch Randi Weingarten, head of the American Federation of Teachers, as he talks.
She doesn't react at all.
That's our vaunted AFT President in action.
Governor Cuomo lays out his plan to "break" the public school "monopoly" and Randi Weingarten says and does nothing in response.
A preview of the AFT/UFT/NYSUT plan when Cuomo comes to "break" us in a couple of weeks.