It is not a "cave" at all:
A deal on education and ethics reforms remain the key dividing lines between Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the state Legislature before the fiscal year starts a week from today.
Assembly Majority Leader Joseph Morelle, D-Irondequoit, Monroe County, said the sides are trying to ensure that schools at least know a range of potential aid if a deal on new teacher evaluations lingers into June. Cuomo has linked school aid to tougher evaluations, as well as a longer tenure period of teachers: from three to five years. It appears the sides are moving toward a four-year period before a teacher could get tenure.
Schools want school-aid estimates as soon as possible as they prepare their budgets for a public vote May 19.
“We want to give as much clarity and predictability to school districts as we can to allow them to plan budgets,” Morelle said. “By the same token, the governor has been very clear that he wants, as part of the budget, a teacher-evaluation system different from the one we currently have.”
Tying school aid to the commission outcome is NOT a cave.
It's a way to force an outcome he wants a few months down the line.
Oh, and in case you didn't notice, Cuomo's going to get at least half of what he wants on tenure reform.
Don't think he won't get the same on evaluations - and maybe more - before it's all said and done.
Hope I'm wrong but the trajectory I see in these negotiations is compromise from the legislature and the teachers unions where no compromise need be made.
Cuomo is an unpopular governor with an unpopular agenda.
He can be told to go scratch with his agenda - and if he doesn't like it, he can purposely delay the budget himself.
Cuomo knows what the poll numbers are on that.
NYSUT ought to mount an ad campaign blaming him for purposely delaying a budget because he wants to increase the weight and emphasis of Common Core testing in schools.
See if Cuomo would like to have to counter that.
It's a shame the legislature and the teachers unions leadership doesn't seem to get this.
But doesn't seem they do.