Dear Commons Community,
The New York Daily News is reporting that New York Governor Cuomo flatly rejected the “total disclosure” of teacher evaluations Wednesday, putting himself at odds with Mayor Michael Bloomberg.
“Cuomo, in his most expansive comments so far on the hot-button topic, said he supports parents being allowed to see evaluations and expects to hammer out an agreement with the [New York State] Legislature by the end of its session in June.
“The teacher evaluation disclosure question is a question I believe has to be answered this session,” Cuomo told reporters.
Cuomo said he disagreed with those who want to keep teacher evaluations completely private — but he doesn’t see eye-to-eye with those, including Bloomberg, who want them made available for widespread review.
“I think you have to strike an intelligent balance between the teacher’s right to privacy and the parent’s right to know and the public’s right to know,” Cuomo said. “The question is where on that spectrum” do officials set policy.
Cuomo noted other public employees, including cops and firefighters, do not have their evaluations made public.
“I believe the parents have a right to know,” the governor stressed. “I also believe in a teacher’s right to privacy.”
It taking this stance, Cuomo is supporting Assembly Leader Sheldon Silver and state teachers union President Dick Iannuzzi.
Thank you, Governor Cuomo for supporting the sane approach to this issue.