Flanagan, meanwhile, said he was concerned with local school districts enacting new teacher evaluation measures in time for the November deadline, but remained confident they would be put in place.
“I think anyone who has been involved in this process and has chaired the committee, of course I have concerns,” he said. “I’m confident that state ed and the Regents will find a way to receive these applications, that they review them in a timely fashion and ultimately we come up with a series of plans that will pass muster.”
School districts must approve the latest evaluations next month or miss out on a boost in state aid. The Board of Regents is allowing districts that demonstrate a hardship to extend the deadline.
Keshia Clukey at Politico NY reported the following back on October 5:
ALBANY — The vast majority of school districts and teachers' unions seem to be having difficulty coming to an agreement on a new teacher evaluation system supported by Gov. Andrew Cuomo.
As of the end of last week, only 12 plans had been approved, with another 47 submitted for review, according to the state education department. There are 674 districts statewide.
The new evaluation system was put into place last session. It puts more emphasis on students' state test scores, and has been met with criticism, including from the state Board of Regents, which put in place a waiver system to delay the implementation.
The districts have until Nov. 15 to have their plans in and approved by the state or risk losing state aid. Those that believe they can't meet the deadline can instead apply for a waiver, which can extend the deadline up to September 2016.
So as of nine days ago, only 12 plans had been approved, 47 others had been submitted and were awaiting review, and 615 plans had yet to be submitted.
Gee, if I were John Flanagan, I wouldn't be so "confident" that that NYSED, the Board of Regents and the 600+ districts without evaluation plans will "come up with a series of plans that will pass muster."
But you know, that's me.
I'm not a guy who's words and actions are rumored to be almost wholly controlled by Andrew Cuomo.