New York Governor Cuomo Puts Money Where His Mouth Is

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Thursday, January 19, 2012

As expected, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo released his proposed state budget, and overall it contained good news for public education: a 4 percent across-the-state aid increase for schools. About $800 million of that will go to poor districts, The New York Times reports.

Of course there’s a catch: only districts that approve teacher evaluation systems by this time next year will be eligible for the aid.

“The equation is simple at the end of the day,” Mr. Cuomo said. “No evaluation, no money. Period.”

That set off a reaction — one that followed the usual script, with the city’s teachers union saying it is willing to negotiate (but holding firm on the matter of appeals of evaluations) and public officials giving the governor high-fives for his tough money-in-return-for-policy stance.

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