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Governor Cuomo: NYC Schools Will Lose $250 Million if Officials Don't Reach a Deal on Teacher Evaluations

Without an approved teacher evaluation plan by the mid-January deadline, New York City public schools will lose $250 million in state educational funding.

New York City and Yonkers are among 27 districts out of the 692 districts statewide that have yet to submit teacher evaluation plans to the Education Department. According to Governor Cuomo, without an approved teacher evaluation plan, New York City stands to lose $250 million in extra state school aid.

The New York Post reports that Governor Cuomo does not plan to extend the January 17 deadline:

The deadline was for “accomplishment by that date, it was performance by that date,” he told reporters. “That was the directive from very early on.

“We didn’t say everyone should ‘try,’ ” he added. “They’ve been trying for years, and they’ve been failing for years.”

Although Mayor Bloomberg and the United Federation of Teachers say they’re not looking for an extension of the deadline, the Mayor has been making contingency cuts to brace for budget cuts in state school aid. 

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