2:28 pm Jun. 21, 20121
According to Governor Andrew Cuomo, Michael Bloomberg really ought to like his teacher-evaluation legislation.
Cuomo's legislation would allow parents to see data pertaining to their childrens' teachers, but wouldn't make information on individual teachers available to the public. Bloomberg favors the release of all the data, and predicts that a partial release will lead to chaos.
In a public statement, Cuomo said the legislation incorporated "important points" raised by the teachers union, which opposed releasing the names of teachers with their evaluations.
Cuomo added, "I also appreciate the opinion of Mayor Bloomberg and I believe the final bill reflects much of his perspective."
I asked a Cuomo spokesman to elaborate on Cuomo's remarks, and he referred me to comments Bloomberg made yesterday about wanting to find a compromise.
"I'm prepared to listen to anything," Bloomberg told reporters.
One day prior to that comment, the Wall Street Journal reported that "Mayor Michael Blommberg's administration on Tuesday was lobbying heavily to kill" the legislation.
The article also quoted Cuomo saying of Bloomberg, "I happen to disagree with his point of view" on the bill, "but I understand it."
Cuomo's legislation is expected to pass the legislature today.