A teacher-evaluation issue heads to Albany to kick off Cuomo’s Year 2

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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."

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