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Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Criminals Running New York Post Lie About Push To Shield Teacher Evaluations From Press Publication

The ethics-challenged phone hackers and bribers running the Rupert Murdoch-owned New York Post are slamming a move to try and shield the new state teacher evaluation system from FOIL.

Here's what they printed today:

Poll: Should New York City parents have access to teacher rankings?

Have your say parents.

Facing tremendous pressure from teachers unions, The Post reported that lawmakers are pushing to insert a provision in the state budget that would ban the public from seeing new teacher report cards.

The effort to keep the public from viewing the evaluations is spearheaded by Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver (D-Manhattan), an Albany insider said.

This comes a month after The Post printed teacher evaluations for 12,170 New York City public school teachers from grades 4 through 8.

NYC PUBLIC SCHOOL TEACHER EVALUATIONS

Sources said Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos (R-Nassau County), trying to maintain the GOP’s slim Senate majority, might go along with the controversial prohibition.

“This is real serious. They mean it,” one state official told The Post. “What does the governor do if the Legislature passes this? It puts him in a tough spot.”


Actually, Assembly Speaker Silver and Senate Majority Leader Skelos did not say they want to keep parents from seeing teacher evaluations. They said they want to find a way to keep the evaluations from being printed in the media.

In fact, the NY Post reported that just yesterday:


A brief legislative effort to sneak a provision into the state budget that would have blocked the public release of teacher evaluations lost steam yesterday.

“I don’t see it in the budget, and I don’t see it down the road,” Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos (R-Nassau) told reporters at the Capitol yesterday.

But, although a Cuomo administration source told The Post flatly that such a provision won’t be in the budget, the source would not rule out the possibility that it could come up before the Legislature as a separate issue before the June 21 end of the legislative session.

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Skelos and Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver signaled that the issue is far from dead.

“There were discussions in terms of seeing if there’s a way you could balance the parents’ right to know and some sort of privacy rights,” Skelos said.

Silver (D-Manhattan) said the question was “how to compromise the issue so that parents know what’s doing in their schools.”

Those statements - that Silver and Skelos wants to find a compromise being parents' rights to know what is going on in their schools and the rights of privacy teachers should have over their evaluations ending up in the media is a lot different than how the Post characterized Silver's and Skelos' positions today.

As usual, the criminals running the Post don't bother with such niceties as the truth or facts.

In reality, the Post reported that even the Mayor of Money himself might be in favor of shielding teacher evaluations from the press so long as parents had the right to see the information:

Mayor Bloomberg suggested it would be “the height of arrogance for the government” to block parents from seeing teacher evaluations — but he noted one idea is “you give it to the parents, but don’t give it to the press."

It is just that idea that offends the phone hackers and bribers running the NY Post and so they have chosen to launch a dishonest campaign to characterize the shield law as one that will keep ALL of the information about teacher evaluations from parents when it looks like Silver and the legislature simply want to keep it OUT OF THE PRESS.

Oh, well - what are facts and truth to a company that bribes police, destroys evidence in a criminal investigation, conspires to cover up criminal activity and hacks into the phones and computers of thousands of people illegally?

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