3:22 pm Jan. 23, 2013
Mayor Michael Bloomberg said having a sunset provision in a teacher evaluation deal with the teachers union, the sticking point in the administration's failed negotiation with the U.F.T., meant the whole deal would have been a "fraud and a hoax."
This afternoon, his closest ally in city government, City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, disagreed.
"I don't have a problem with the idea of a sunset. Most pieces of significant legislation have a sunset in them," Quinn said at a press conference before the City Council's stated meeting this afternoon. She said having an evaluation system that works and that is strong is better than having none, which is what we have now."
Quinn stood apart from her likely rivals in the Democratic mayoral primary by not attending a press conference on the steps of City Hall calling for a moratorium on school closings and co-locations. When asked why she didn't attend, Quinn said she thought the process of evaluating schools and, if needed, shutting them down, needed to be changed. She also said the way the city co-locates charter schools in the same building as public schools needed to be re-evaluated.
The Times editorial board sided with teachers union, saying the sunset provision should not have derailed the negotiation.