The January 17 deadline for New York City to reach an agreement on a teacher evaluation plan is just weeks away, and negotiations between City and teachers’ union officials are breaking down. New York City is one of just a few districts in the state that have not submitted a teacher evaluation plan for review.
According to the New York Times, formal talks have “disintegrated” in the last month:
Before the new year, the city filed a complaint with the state labor board accusing the union, the United Federation of Teachers, of trying to “extort” the city. And on Friday, the union began a television advertisement campaign charging that Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg was “going after teachers again.”
As negotiations dissolve, pressure for both sides to come to an agreement increases. New York City public schools stand to lose $300 million in state aid if they are unable to reach an agreement by the January 17 deadline.