REGENTS FRET OVER DEADLINE—Capital’s Jessica Bakeman: “The State Board of Regents has a lot to do and not enough time or resources to do it, members said Monday during their first meeting since the new state budget was passed. Cuomo and lawmakers included in the spending plan extensive changes to education policy, particularly a new teacher- and principal-evaluation system, and charged the board and the State Education Department with implementation. ... The law requires the department to develop and the board to approve regulations detailing the technical aspects of the ratings by June 30. … Much of the discussion at Monday's board meeting centered around that June deadline, and how difficult it would be to meet. Some members suggested the board ask lawmakers for more time.” http://capi.tl/1yoGnX4
The reason why there is a June 30 deadline for the new evaluation system is because Cuomo wants to be able to show how "tough" he is on the education "industry" (as he calls public schools.)
He doesn't care if the Regents have enough time or resources to get the evaluation system up and running by the deadline.
He cares only how he looks tough.
But he should care about the concerns the Regents expressed yeserday, because they're giving a pretty good indication of what's going to happen if they're forced to come in with something by June 30.
It's going to be a mess.
And it's going to be Cuomo's mess, through and through.
He's the one that forced the system as part of the budget and tied education aid increases to district/union agreements by November.
He's the one that created the June 30 deadline for the state educrats and Regents to get the system up and running.
When the system is half-assed through, he should realize that he's not going to be able to blame SED and the Regents for implementation problems, as he did with Common Core.
Since he insisted on this system and shoved it through on his time table, this is going to be his mess and he's going to take the blame for it.