On Sunday night, the United Federation of Teachers released an email to members touting its accomplishments in the budget framework, based on what its leadership was told by state officials.
But over the course of the day on Monday, it became clear not everyone was on the same page with those changes.
Indeed, the statewide umbrella union, the New York State United Teachers, circulated a memorandum of opposition to the education reform proposals in the budget framework.
The measures include new teacher evaluation criteria that includes a state test and observation in the classroom. It does have a local option — yet another state test, but that has to be requested by the local union.
The state Department of Education sets the percentage criteria.
The budget would make it easier for teachers who perform poorly on the evaluations over two or three years to be fired, even those with tenure.
Achieving tenure itself is tied to receiving three out of four years worth of “effective” ratings.
And contrary to what the United Federation of Teachers believed on Sunday night, merit pay is being included in the budget, according to a Cuomo official.
Enacting the evaluation criteria will be tied to a boost in state aid, about 6 percent, come November. In other words, linkage to reform is back in after all.
In short, the governor got everything he wanted in the budget and the few things he didn't get - like an increase in the charter cap - were deliberately left out for later in the legislative session.
Still, the UFT declares the budget deal a "victory," one that scrapes the skies it's so good compared to what Cuomo really wanted in the budget.
Except that, he got what he really wanted in the budget.
Oh well, what's a serious screwjob between friends.