Teacher evaluations are released, with a caveat

Briefing: Schools Chancellor Walcott. (Emily Canal via flickr)
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Mayor Michael Bloomberg's administration released several years worth of public school teacher evaluations this afternoon. The results aren't inspiring, with more than 500 middle school teachers consistently rated in the bottom fifth percentile. But, as the Times notes, there's a huge margin of error on these evaluations, bolstering the argument of teachers unions that it's unfair to release them.

One news outlet, Gotham Schools, said they won't post individual teacher evaluations because of that reason, and that the public could easily be misled if the data isn't carefully explained.

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Congress

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Rep. Jose Serrano and Rep. Paul Tonko were rated among the most liberal members of Congress. [National Journal]

Redistricting

New York's congressional lines still aren't drawn. [Nick Reisman]

SD-27

Asked about the NYPD and the "Third Jihad" movie, Fidler said he doesn't "quibble" with how cops are doing their job. [Yochonon Donn and Rayle Rubenstein]

Fidler said he was hospitalized for an allergic reaction to prescription medication he takes for gout. [Celeste Katz]

SD-60

A reporter wonders if the Republican incumbent will seek re-election after Conservatives endorsed the Democrat. [Nick Reisman]

Grisanti's Democratic and Conservative challenger has a voter-registration advantage under the newly drawn district lines. [Associated Press]

Albany

A Conservative Party leader, in a county Grisanti may soon no longer represent, expressed support for him. [Rick Karlin]

Cuomo

He may have "magical peacemaking powers" but the fate of redistricting is unclear. [Dan Collins]

It's a rare national interview, and cuts against the image that most operatives and politicos here have of Cuomo. [Maggie Haberman]

A reporter accompanies two people on a trip to where Cuomo's proposed convention center will be built, and, despite some initial skepticism, it could work. [Sarah Maslin Nir]

Las Vegas casino developer Sheldon Adelson may try to get in on the New York action. [Carl Campanile]

Teacher Evaluations

"The data reveals, for instance, that 521 middle school teachers across the city scored consistently in the lowest fifth percentile in the five year period ending in 2009-2010." [Jill Colvin]

A "teacher’s math score could be 35 percentage points off, or 53 points on the English exam." [Fernanda Santos and Sharon Otterman]

Images

Giuliani's presidential litmus test includes the words "bomb them". [CNN]

Drawing a crowd, in Libya. [Senator Richard Blumenthal]

Senators Blumenthal, Graham, Hoeven and McCain. [Senator Richard Blumenthal]

 

Students use music from the same-sex marriage videos to announce support of Cuomo's education agenda. [sferSUNYGenesso]