Mayor Bloomberg would rather slash the budgets of city schools than let bad teachers off the hook, he said.
City officials have been locked in a standoff with the teachers union for months over how teachers will be evaluated by their principals.
They’ll lose $250 million in state funds if they can’t reach a deal by Jan. 17.
But Mayor Bloomberg said he’d rather lose the money — and make “painful cuts” to public schools or other agencies — than cut a deal that doesn’t “hold their feet to the fire.”
“If we can’t come to an agreement, it’s going to be very painful,” Bloomberg told host John Gambling on his weekly Friday radio show. “But the city’s certainly not going to sign on to any agreement that isn’t a real evaluation agreement, and one that can be monitored by the public.”
In his most strident language yet on the standoff, he said he wants all teacher evaluations released to the public, even though the state passed a law in June that would prohibit publishing teachers’ names with the ratings.
Saturday, December 8, 2012
Bloomberg Says Individual Teacher Evaluations Must Be Released To The Public Or He's Cutting $250 Million From The School Budget
Here's a new wrinkle to the teacher evaluation/APPRstory - Bloomberg wants the UFT to agree that individual teacher evaluations will be released to the public or he will cut $250 million from the school budget: