Gov. To Use Carrot, Stick to Improve N.Y. Schools

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Gov. Andrew Cuomo would use his considerable budget powers to force changes he says will improve public schools, including tougher evaluations for teachers and principals.

Cuomo's $132 billion budget proposal on Tuesday would deny school aid increases to districts that don't have "fully implemented" teacher evaluations by Jan. 17, 2013. State Education Commissioner John King has already suspended funding to 10 districts, including New York City's, that failed to agree with unions on new evaluations for teachers and principals by a Dec. 31 deadline. That deadline was part of the requirements for the state to receive nearly $700 million in federal "Race to the Top" money intended to force better public school performance.

There was no immediate comment from the state's largest teachers' union, New York State United Teachers.

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