Can teacher evaluations be made a little bit public?
The Daily News is angry about a state proposal to make teacher evaluations available to parents but not the public at large. They refer to it as a "gag order for parents" and dare lawmakers to actually pass it.
The thinking is it won't survive a court challenge and will galvanize critics.
Former Assemblyman Michael Benjamin, writing in the Post, is equally outraged, but lays more of the burden on Governor Andrew Cuomo, who, Benjamin notes, seemed to demand a lot more out of the deal that what he is considering accepting now.
Santorum "never had a chance" and he "illuminated the dark heart of the G.O.P." [Andrew Rosenthal]
The question now is how quickly Evangelicals will embrace Romney's candidacy. [Colleen McCain Nelson, Danny Yardon and Patrick O'Connor]
Stringer supports N.Y.U.'s revised expansion proposal, which is he said is 19 percent smaller than originally planned. N.Y.U. said it's 17 percent smaller. [Joseph Berger]
Hillary Clinton with the creators of TextsfromHillaryClinton. [Tumblr]
She went from being "seen as someone evil and old in comparison to candidate Barack Obama" to being seen as a "strong, badass woman who is in charge" and "is admired by many of those who previously derided her in the Democratic camp, especially the younger generation." What did it? A parody site. [Jesus Diaz]
"The county fundamentally doesn’t understand how to win big elections," Lancman said. I guess we'll see now. [David Freedlander]
"Rangel continued to be defiant about a House ethics inquiry…" [John Eligon]
Headline: "Rep. Charles Rangel, suffering from bad back, makes first public appearance in months." [Daily News]
A Times columnist said Bloomberg withholding the 911 system report contradicts what he said when he made the teacher- evaluations public. [Jim Dwyer]
The N.R.A. has made more campaign contributions to New York lawmakers "in the last nine years than in any other state in the nation." Senate Republicans Robach and Libous particularly benefitted. The goal, it seems: defeat microstamping on bullets. [Ken Lovett]
Assembly Majority Leader Ron Canestrari is retiring. [Associated Press]
A former assemblyman questions Cuomo's plan to shield teacher evaluations from public review. [Michael Benjamin]
The "gag order for parents" wouldn't hold up in court. Also, why is nobody in Albany claiming authorship of this idea? [Daily News]
Schneiderman's plan to review the NYPD policy is criticized, and he's urged to come up with "a better idea for fighting crime." [Daily News]
Schneiderman created the Conviction Review Bureau but it's unclear how willing local district attorneys will be to have their previously successful convictions questioned. [John Eligon]
Councilman Vinny Gentile interrupts his haircut to mediate a fight over a corner where a Halal food cart wants to operate. [Will Bredderman]