8:44 am Jan. 3, 2012
Governor Andrew Cuomo will announce a new commission to look at public education in New York, spurred by the failure of school districts and teachers unions to come up with an agreement on how to evaluate teachers, which was needed in order for New York to qualify for millions of dollars in federal funding.
New York City Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott is out with an op-ed in the New York Post, blaming the United Federation of Teachers for stalling and resisting.
U.F.T. leader Michael Mulgrew gave an interview this morning on WOR710 in which he shot back that the city wasn't training teachers properly and was forcing teachers to "teach to the test." The result, he said, is a 50 percent turnover rate among teachers.
Substantively, Walcott and Mulgrew agree on one thing: a major sticking point is the appeals process. Should an outside arbiter hear appeals for teachers who get low evaluation grades? After reading Walcott's column and interviewing Mulgrew, WOR710 host John Gambling said, "I'm not sure I completely understand what is going on."
Mitt Romney is in the position he's in because he's less flawed than the other candidates. [Kimberly Strassel]
Rupert Murdoch endorsed Rick Santorum via Twitter. [@RupertMurdoch]
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One major disagreement between the city schools chancellor and teachers union is whether to have an outside arbitrator hear the appeals of teachers who get low evaluation grades. [Dennis Walcott]
The state's budget gap won't be easy to close. [Cara Matthews]
"Tackling these issues, though, may cost Cuomo more political capital than the popular leader has yet to expend." [Teri Weaver]
"Read Gov. Cuomo’s lips: No new taxes next year. Really." [Erik Kriss]
The "like" button was changed to a "connect" button, on the web site of state agencies, after some questioned whether public resources were used to boost Cuomo's popularity. [Kyle Lovett]
Cuomo needs to do mandate relief, or his property-tax cap is meaningless, says an anti-tax editorial page. [New York Post]
Federal officials are probing a "multi-million-dollar blackmail bid" by a former campaign photographer who said she was sexually assaulted by a Bloomberg consultant. [Josh Margolin]
It's unclear what unites the four targets of the Queens firebombing. [Andrew Grossman and Pervaiz Shallwani]
There's video of the suspect. [Corey Kilgannon and Noah Rosenberg]