With six weeks to go in the state’s legislative session, Gov. Andrew Cuomo and top lawmakers met in private Wednesday to talk about what issues they can feasibly tackle.
Among the topics discussed Wednesday: Potential changes to the state’s latest education reforms, which were passed as part of the state budget on April 1 and have sparked outrage among teachers and parents.
“We still have six weeks to go, and if there’s things we think we can fix, we’ll look at that,” Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie, D-Bronx, told reporters after the meeting.
Flanagan, the former head of the Senate Education Committee, said teacher evaluations were part of the discussion with Cuomo.
“We’re looking at this from a parent viewpoint,” Flanagan said. “I think at the end of the day, everyone refers to it about teacher evaluations. It’s about students and parents. Certainly, teachers play a critical role. But when we do anything, I think it will be on a laser-like focus on how to help parents and students.”
State of Politcs reports this:
A bill introduced this month in the Democratic-led Assembly would alter the education measures approved in the $142 billion state budget.
The measure would revise key deadlines for teacher evaluations, alter the funding linkage for the adoption of new evaluation criteria on the local level and provide modifications to the evaluation language itself.
The bill comes after Gov. Andrew Cuomo pushed for the education reform measures in the budget, linking the policy to an overall boost in education aid, which most Democrats in the Assembly reluctantly accepted.
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I'm skeptical anything substantive is happening here.
Seems to me the heavy hearts in the legislature want parents and teachers to think they're taking action on concerns over the state's education regime, but I don't think extending the deadline of the evaluation system, providing more money for testing or setting up a kangaroo committee at SED to review the tests for grade appropriateness is substantive.
It simply delays some parts of the reform agenda and provides cover for other parts, but it doesn't actually address the concerns over the effects of high stakes testing on children, teachers or schools.