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Sound Off: Should School Funding Be Linked to Teacher Evaluations?

The governor plans to tie a portion of state aid to the implementation of a new teacher grading system, reports say.

(Editor's note: To be clear, Cuomo's plan would penalize school districts which do not implement a teacher evaluation system. State aid, however, would not be tied to the actual grades teachers receive on the evaluations.)

Total state aid to school districts is expected to increase by 4 percent next year, but Gov. Andrew Cuomo may be preparing to throw a controversial wrinkle into that equation, according to published reports. 

The Daily News reported Monday that the governor, under pressure from the feds, is considering tying a portion of state aid to implementation of a new teacher evaluation system. 

The Cuomo administration has been warned by federal officials that the state could lose $1 billion in federal school funding if it makes no progress on a system to grade teachers, according to the Daily News.

Let's hear from you. Should an increase in state aid be contingent upon districts implementing a teacher evaluation system? Vote in the poll below and share your thoughts in the comments.

Marie S January 23, 2012 at 01:41 PM
Is Bill saying that all unions should be abolished, or just teacher-unions? Please elaborate how the "groups and philosophies" are "antithetical" to the values of this society and country.
big al February 09, 2012 at 03:41 PM
how about this as a solution...we pay teachers the going rate for baby sitters...about $12 and hour...and for kicks we pay a group rate of $10/student...average class size about 20 students...the school day is approximately 7 hours but we don't pay teachers for lunch or prep time or any other possible non student contact time...so that's 5 hours of student contact time...so $10/hr x 5 hrs x 20 students = $1,000/day...and we don't pay teachers for the summer, just for the 182 school days...so $1,000/day x 182 days = $182,000 a year...huh...not such a deal...could you guess that my daughter is a teacher, chemistry as a matter of fact...she is extremely intelligent and dedicated to her students...she could have easily been a doctor as she scored in the top 2% on her mcat exam and was a straight A student...she chose education because she thought it was honorable and she could make a difference...now she is thinking about leaving the field...it will take her 16-20 years to make $100,000...she is entertaining leaving the profession not because of the salary but because, as she says, the constant bull's eye target on her back, negative media attention, misunderstanding of what teaching is about and the complete lack of respect...it is disheartening for her...and at the end of the day it will your loss...the economic state of affairs is not the fault of teachers...the pensions are mostly fully funded in new york and would be a non-issue if managed appropriately during boom times.
Fred Stewart February 09, 2012 at 03:59 PM
the triborough amendment is a 'trade off' because teachers CAN'T strike.
Fred Stewart February 09, 2012 at 04:01 PM
I'll take a Progressive radical over a religious radical or plain ignoramus anyday. Also, the values of this society and country change everyday, as the will of the people dictates. If you think this country is in a mess because of unions, you should read some history...
Fred Stewart February 09, 2012 at 04:03 PM
you said it Big Al, but this kind of logic eludes the angry and irrational.

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