On December 18th, Andrew Cuomo’s office sent a letter to Meryl Tisch (Chancellor of the NYS Board of Regents) and outgoing Commissioner John King listing 12 pointed questions that outlined the Governor’s vision for the future of education in the state. You can read the entire letter here (and you should), but among the highlights are his repetition of the misleading statistics that make it appear our students are failing, making the teacher evaluation process more test-based to insure that more teachers are designated as ineffective, and scaling back our due process rights to make it easier to fire teachers.
- Eliminate local measures from APPR and make state testing 40% of the APPR score
- Take away local district’s ability to negotiate to 60% portion of APPR and replace it with state mandated criteria
- Insure that teachers who receive two consecutive ineffective ratings are removed from the classroom (at present it is at the district’s discretion to do so)
- Replace the independent arbitrators who oversee a teacher’s termination process with state employees
- Make language explicit that untenured teachers can be fired at will – regardless of evaluations
- Increase the probationary period for tenure to 5 years
- Increase state aid to school districts by $2 billion