Letter: New teacher evaluations weren't negotiated

File photo of teacher in classroom. (July 31, File photo of teacher in classroom. (July 31, 2012) Photo Credit: File Photo

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In "'Ineffective' and proud" [News, Nov. 6], Newsday willfully deceives the public by saying the teacher evaluation law took effect after negotiations between Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, top legislators and the teachers union.

Cuomo threatened to withhold state funding from any district that did not sign on to the evaluation scheme. That is called extortion, not negotiation, and Newsday should know the difference.

Timothy Kenyon, Northport

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Editor's note: The writer is a public schoolteacher on Long Island.

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