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Letter: Bad for students and also teachers

Biology teacher John Timmel walks among his students,

Biology teacher John Timmel walks among his students, checking on Gabrielle Orr, 14, left, of Valhalla, and Brittany AuYong, 14, of White Plains, while they use laptops to virtually dissect frogs in biology class at Valhalla High School. Credit: Angela Gaul

I voted for Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo and support most of his ideas. However, I find his stance on principal and teacher evaluations to be hypocritical.

Cuomo tells viewers in a new statewide TV ad that "while the state's new Common Core curriculum is heading in the right direction, testing on it is premature" ["Cuomo to air TV spots on Common Core reform," News, March 3]. He says children's scores should not be counted against them.

Why then is it OK to count the scores in the new evaluation program for principals and teachers? What's the hurry?

Staff evaluation is an important issue. If test results are going to be included, let's get the system right for all involved.

Tom Gilroy, Melville

Editor's note: The writer is a retired middle school principal.