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Teacher evaluation funding follies


With all of the recent jockeying over the stalled New York City teacher evaluation deal, little has changed in the last several weeks, says David Bloomfield, author of American Public Education Law, 2nd Edition. The governor’s threat to withhold state aid has been temporarily enjoined while the United Federation of Teachers (UFT) and mayor, also prevented from implementing the State cuts, still seem at loggerheads. And has anyone noticed that the State Education Department’s sword rattling deadline for withholding federal funds has come and gone? That possibility vanished because John King was blindsided when Arne Duncan blinked. King, New York State’s Education Commissioner, had previously threatened to suspend or redirect over a billion dollars of federal education aid, including our entire Title I allocation, if New York City and its teachers union did not agree to a formula for job-threatening teacher evaluations by February 15…

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