Cuomo reaches for a teacher-evaluation plan, and a test of control

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An unnamed Cuomo source tells Fred Dicker that the fight to get a teacher-evaluation plan passed in the state is, on a broader level, really about who controls Albany. The governor may have to step in so Democratic legislators who are allies of the teachers union don't sink the deal, this person said.

Getting the deal approved could help burnish Cuomo's education record in a meaningful and measurable way, something that, as Michael Goodwin argues, has eluded Mayor Michael Bloomberg in his decade-long stewardship of city public schools.

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