This is sickening. The six appointees will all be beholden to their masters. Cuomo and Skelos will appoint four of the six who will surely be looking to screw teachers. The Assembly will appoint two with union blessing, which will give them some political cover that they do not deserve for signing off on this scheme. Skelos wants the panel to be able to impose its recommendations absent subsequent legislative approval. That way the GOP thieves can say they didn't approve any of this, it came from the panel.
Meanwhile, what we are seeing play out is exactly what transpired when there was a mad dash to approve the Race to the Top requirements so we could get the $700 million. Our union agreed to a terrible evaluation system that will soon be even worse. Public school districts did not get anywhere near $700 since SED kept at least half the money for its own purposes (Pearson, etc.).
Let's remember the proposed state aid consists of our money. Not Cuomo's. Not Skelos'. Not Heastie's. We paid this through income, business and sale taxes; through fees and charges, etc. This is nothing but extortion.
I think that's exactly right.
If the paremeters are as reported, with the Senate getting two appointees, the Assembly getting two and the governor getting two, then the commission will be rigged for a predisposed outcome - the one Cuomo and his education reform allies want.
And the Assembly Dems and union heads will say "Hey, not our fault - the commission did it!"