Cuomo: No flexibility for schools missing teacher-evaluation deadline

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Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo said Tuesday he’s giving no flexibility to schools that don’t meet a Jan. 17 deadline for implementing new teacher evaluations.

Miss the deadline and they lose millions of dollars of state aid, the Democrat said.

“Nope,” the governor said when asked if he’d give schools a deadline reprieve. “This was a hard deadline.

The new evaluation system, enacted by the governor and state Legislature earlier this year, slightly changes the process for how teachers and administrators are rated. A key part of the law dictates that any school district that fails to gain state Education Department approval by Jan. 17 will to forgo its share of an $805 million increase in school aid for the 2012-13 academic year.

So far, the Education Department has received plans from 665 districts and approved 442. Still another 27 districts haven’t even submitted a plan, according to the agency — including Elmont, Hempstead and Montauk.

 

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