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Senate rapidly approves teacher evaluation bill, 58-1
With virtually no debate, the Republican-led state Senate approved a bill to limit access to teacher evaluations to parents only by a 58-1 vote.
Sen. Andrew Lanza (R-Staten Island) was the lone dissenter. He believes the information should be available to the entire public.
Despite the controversial issue, there was hardly a discussion in the Senate. Three senators spoke in favor, including Sen. John Flanagan (R-East Northport). The entire process lasted not 10 minutes.
Debate in the Democrat-led Assembly is ongoing and much more heated. Speaker Sheldon Silver (D-Manhattan) already has said the chamber will pass it.
Picture: Sen. John Flanagan, who spoke in favor of the bill.