Now we learn, courtesy of Politico NY, about another flip-flop from Cuomo - this one of teacher evaluations:
After learning that Gov. Andrew Cuomo may be looking to minimize the impact of test scores on teacher evaluations, the Common Core task force will likely weigh in on the controversy, recommending either the decoupling of the two or a moratorium on the use of the scores, according to a source familiar with the panel. The task force had not been asked to consider the evaluation process, and until now, it has not focused on it. When Cuomo put together the panel in September, he charged its 15 members with reviewing the Common Core learning standards, calling for a "total reboot" of the state's education system. The recommendations are due to the governor this month prior to his State of the State address in January.
Members of the task force told POLITICO they were confused by comments made in a New York Times story last week on Cuomo's possible retreat from the politically fraught linkage of test scores and teacher evaluations, because the administration's statement made it seem as though they were looking at the evaluation system when, in fact, they have not been. "We're not focusing on that now ... we're focusing on what the task force was brought together for," said task force member Sam Radford III, president of the District Parent Coordinating Council of Buffalo. http://politi.co/1O2pfrb
When Cuomo first called for conveing the task force, he made it clear that evaluation revisions were not part of the task force's work.
Now all of a sudden, it seems they are - at least if you're reading the whoosing air coming from the various trial balloons Cuomo keeps sending out about what's going to happen with teacher evaluations.
I remain skeptical about all of this.
As always with Cuomo, it's safe to say "Keep your hand on your wallet and watch him closely."