No deal on teacher evaluations between New York City, union

New York City and its teachers union failed to reach a deal on a teacher evaluation system, making it all but certain the city will miss a midnight deadline and forsake more than $250 million in state money, Mayor Michael Bloomberg said on Thursday, Reuters reports. The question of how best to evaluate teachers – and how cities can remove failing teachers – has sparked clashes across the country between cities and teachers unions. Just such a disagreement over evaluations was behind last year’s seven-day strike in Chicago. In New York, talks between schools’ Chancellor Dennis Walcott and United Federation of Teachers President Michael Mulgrew broke down at about 3 a.m., but officials from both sides delayed any announcement until the afternoon. In dueling press conferences, each side rushed to blame the other: the union accused the mayor of taking a “my way or the highway” approach, while Bloomberg and Walcott said the union had sabotaged the deal…

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