Quinn confirms that she’s open to sharing teacher evaluations, to Weingarten’s surprise

City Council Speaker Christine Quinn. (Dana Rubinstein)
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This morning, Post article said of City Council Speaker Christine Quinn that she was "the only prospective candidate who left the door open for the public to get access to teacher evaluations."

I highlighted that fact in a tweet directed at Randi Weingarten, who is the head of the national teachers' union in Washington  and who, for years, held the same position in New York City.

"I am surprised Chris would say that," Weingarten responded. "[D]o we know what she said?"

Weingarten, who opposes public disclosure of teacher evaluations, then asked whether the speaker would release similar info about police officers, and what the public interest would be in that case.

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During a Quinn press conference this afternoon, a Post reporter said that Weingarten appeared to be unhappy with the speaker's reported stance and asked whether she had spoken with the labor leader.

"No," Quinn said.

Quinn then said, "My preference is that information is available to parents. That's what I think is the top issue here. If the legislature decides to go further, as I've said, that's something I'm open to considering and don't have an aversion to that."

When asked whether she would support releasing similar evaluations on firefighters, Quinn said that type of data doesn't exist, "so I'm not going to answer a hypothetical question like that."