Well, he promised to do just that in his State of the State/budget address today - but only if his education reform agenda is passed.
He called NYSUT's bluff on the pushback over funding - and predictably, the union leadership doesn't have an effective response:
NYSUT insisted the governor is misrepresenting the “reality” of public education in New York, which, according to Magee, has “has one of the strongest public education systems in the nation and a professional, highly dedicated teaching force. Gov. Cuomo should be celebrating that excellence.”
Magee didn’t directly address Cuomo’s pledge to provide a significantly larger education funding increase – $1.1 billion, or 4.8 percent – instead of the planned $377 million if the Legislature agrees to enact his reform agenda, which includes a teacher evaluation plan based half on student test scores and half on classroom observations by a superior or an independent reviewer.
UFT President Michael Mulgrew signaled at the DA a while back that the unions didn't think they could fight Cuomo over evaluations, so they were going to take him on over money.
Well, Cuomo, predictably, tied the funding increase NYSUT has been calling for in its ad buy to passing his reform agenda - including the APPR re-do, the cap increase, the change to tenure, and the 3020a revision.
For weeks I have been begging the union leadership to broaden the fight to other issues instead of keeping it to funding.
For weeks, the union leaders have maintained that they only could beat Cuomo on the funding issue.
Well, he just beat the unions on the funding issue.
CUOMO: You want more money? You got it - but you gotta give me my reforms.
Those NYSUT ads that run tonight calling for more money are, as Nixon press secretary Ron Ziegler used to say, "No longer operative."
Gee, who couldn't see this coming?
Apparently, the union leadership.