New York voters say they trust the state’s teachers’ unions over Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s own direction for education policy in the state, a Quinnipiac University poll released Wednesday found.
The poll found voters trust the unions by a margin of 55 percent to 28 percent when it comes to improving the state’s education system.
Meanwhile, as Cuomo hashes out the nettlesome details of the state budget with lawmakers, his job approval rating has fallen to 50 percent, one his lowest ever in the poll. His approval in December stood at 58 percent to 39 percent.
The survey found voters are skeptical of efforts to scale back teacher tenure or provide merit pay for teachers based on testing.
By a margin of 71 percent to 25 percent, voters believe teacher salaries shouldn’t be tied to how students perform on standardized testing. Meanwhile, 65 percent of voters polled by Quinnipiac believe teacher tenure shouldn’t be based on test scores of students.
Much more on this poll as the day goes on, but let's start with this.
There should be NO compromise with Cuomo on education.
New Yorkers do not agree with him or his reform agenda AT ALL.
And he's at record lows in approval.
The lesson from this poll is - we do not need to concede to an unpopular governor or his unpopular agenda.