Cuomo’s recent efforts to improve relations with the Democratic party’s left wing seemingly includes the powerful teacher unions with which he’s been warring.
Top Cuomo aide James Malatras recently met in Albany with city teachers union President Michael Mulgrew, officials from the state teachers union, and new state Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia to discuss enacting an appeals process for a tough teacher evaluation system Cuomo pushed through earlier this year, sources said.
Two weeks after the meeting, the state Board of Regents enacted a new appeals process — a move Cuomo publicly supported.
“I think he wants to get this behind him without looking like he caved too much,” said one source familiar with the meeting.
Instead of looking to put a shiv into the whole system and kill it off, the UFT and NYSUT leadership look to assuage rank and file by joining the state educrats and Cuomo administration officials in crafting an appeals process to a fatally flawed teacher evaluation system that sees VAM scores jump from 14 out of 20 to 1 out of 20 to 11 out of 20.
Isn't that swell?
Because why look to have APPR sent to the scrap heap and replaced with a sane system when you can try and help save it with minor tweaks instead?