Bloomberg and the teachers union make some progress, with a catch

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Mayor Michael Bloomberg and the United Federation of Teachers have a deal, sort of. They've agreed on an appeals process for teachers deemed ineffective after two years of review, and how exactly that teacher goes through the process of appealing the decision, and, if needed, how the teacher is terminated.

The head of the teachers union told me it was a victory for them because, for the first time, the decisions made by a principal will be open to scrutiny from an independent educator. City officials agree the independent educator has a role in the appeals process, but say that that educator will not make it any harder for them to remove low-performing teachers.

The city and the union still haven't agreed on how the teachers will be evaluated in the first place. And Bloomberg said he's still moving ahead with U.F.T.-opposed plans to "turn around" 33 failing schools.

So there is a deal, and there is not a deal.

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Grimm has been bumped as a Romney delegate. [Tom Wrobleski]

It's not clear yet just how bad things are for Grimm. [Kevin Brennan]

A review of the name of the companies he worked for shows another problem: "Grimm is drawn to horrible branding." [Joseph Coscarelli]

NY-22

Maloney said he is looking at the race "very closely." [Joseph Spector]

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Tobacco won't seek re-election after he got laid off from his six-figure, part-time job for Pfizer. [Judy Randall]

2013

Markowitz won't run for mayor because of all the "abuse" a candidate has to go through. [Hunter Walker]

That seems to fit with how Schumer and Fidler were describing Markowitz's mentality. [Capital New York]

It also underscores what the Post reported about Markowitz back in September. [Rich Calder]

The Campaign Finance Board still hasn't issued audits from the 2009 race for Liu , de Blasio or even Bloomberg. [Chris Bragg]

Liu's State of the City Speech

It was somewhat overshadowed by the indictment of a campaign fund-raiser. [Jen Chung]

The New York World led with Liu's call for transparency. [Alexander Hotz]

Liu did not repeat the claim that he and his mother had once worked in a "sweatshop," something that was called into question during the 2009 campaign. A spokesman emailed to tell me I'm reading too much into the omission today. [Email]

Reuters focuses on Liu's proposal to have the city help manage private-sector pensions. [Joan Gralla]

The Amsterdam News leads with another far-reaching proposal unnamed aides say is in the works: having telecommunication companies provide discounted access to the internet for poor New Yorkers. [Stephon Johnson]

Liu's office said he was not rushed away from the event to avoid reporters, but rather to greet attendees in the lobby. [Sam Levin]

Education

Ydanis wants parents of elementary school students to start thinking now about college. Parents have other issues they want to discuss. [Rachel Cromidas]

Teacher Evaluations

Many of the details of an agreement with the Cuomo administration are actually left up to the school districts to hammer out with their respective teachers unions, but the state can veto it. [Jon Campbell]

Appeals Process

Key part of Bloomberg's deal with the U.F.T.: "Under the new agreement, teachers who are rated ineffective by their principal will be monitored during the next year by an independent educator, according to a source. If the principal still finds the teacher ineffective after a second year and the independent monitor agrees, then the burden of proof will be on the teacher to fight the firing, the source said. If the monitor disagrees, the city will be responsible for proving that the teacher should be canned." [Ben Chapman]

The deal does not change anything for the schools Bloomberg is already planning on "turning around" because under this deal, bad teachers can't be fired for at least another two years. [Philssa Cramer]

The U.F.T. noted that this deal won't go into affect until they strike an agreement with the Bloomberg administration on a teacher-evaluation plan. [Philissa Cramer]

Albany

In a report co-written by nonprofit groups, Schneiderman proposed offering zero-interest, state-backed loans to them. [Danny Hakim]

Schneiderman said it's a more "comprehensive view" of how to deal with nonprofits. [Andrew Hawkins]

FOIL

The Postal Service denied Stavisky's request for info about closing the Whitestone facility "citing an exception for data government agencies use to make policy decisions." [Vera Chinese]

Images

Bloomberg and Tumblr. [Kirsten Artz]

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Ydanis! [Carlos Andres]

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"It is an ancient tradition to place prayer notes in the Wall. Blessed to have the opportunity to share in this wonderful tradition." [Councilman Domenic Recchia]

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Liu's dragons. [Youtube]