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NYC Schools Chancellor Says Failure to Agree on Evaluations will Result in "Extremely Painful" Budget Cuts

If union leaders and city officials fail to reach an agreement on teacher evaluations by January 17th, NYC schools will lose nearly $300 million in state funding -- a cut that Chancellor Walcott said will be "extremely painful."

In a speech yesterday, NYC Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott stressed the importance of reaching an agreement on details for a new teacher evaluation system for NYC teachers. If union leaders and city officials fail to reach an agreement by January 17th, NYC schools will lose nearly $300 million in state funding -- a cut that Chancellor Walcott said will be "extremely painful."

A number of media outlets took note of the urgency and the Chancellor's call for UFT President Michael Mulgrew to work with the DOE to reach an agreement by December 21st in order to give state officials plenty of time to review the City's proposal: 

DOE, Union Debate Teacher Evaluation Plan As Potential Loss Of State Aid Looms | Lindsey Christ, NY1
Time is running out for the New York City Department of Education and the United Federation of Teachers to agree on a new teacher evaluation system or see the schools lose $250 million in state aid.
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Walcott: Teacher-Evaluation Impasse Would Force Cuts | Lisa Fleisher, Wall Street Journal
New York City’s schools chancellor warned Wednesday of painful cuts to teaching hires, music instruction, sports and other programs if a teacher-evaluation deal isn’t reached by Dec. 21.
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'Painful' cuts loom for city schools, warns Chancellor Dennis Walcott, if teachers union doesn't make deal on ratings | Ben Chapman, New York Daily News
Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott will make “painful” cuts in city classrooms if the teachers union does not reach an agreement with him over instructor evaluations by Jan. 17 — when the state will yank $250 million in the absence of a deal.
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Schools boss $$ scold | Yoav Gonen and Cynthia R. Fagen, New York Post
Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott warned of deep cuts for teaching staff, music, art and sports programs and larger class sizes if an agreement isn’t reached with the union on a new teacher-evaluation system.
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Walcott: No Deal Would Mean School Cuts | Yasmeen Khan, School Book
Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott said he wants to reach an agreement with the United Federation of Teachers on teacher evaluations in the next two weeks, by Dec. 21, and has asked his team at the Department of Education to clear their calendars to do so.
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Walcott outlines cuts that could take place without an eval deal | Philissa Cramer, GothamSchools
If the city and its teachers union do not agree soon on new teacher evaluations, class sizes will likely rise, teacher training suffer, after-school activities be eliminated, and guidance counselors cut, Chancellor Dennis Walcott predicted this morning.
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Walcott Warns of 'Painful' Cuts Unless Teacher Evaluation Deal Reached Soon | Jill Colvin, DNAInfo
Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott warned of severe budget cuts unless the city and teachers union can reach a deal on teacher evaluations in the coming weeks.
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