NY Governor Cuomo Criticizes Board of Regents

New York Post // February 11, 2014

The New York State Board of Regents has indicated that teachers and principals will receive less consequences for ineffective performance.

According to the New York Post, the Board of Regents will pass a proposal on Tuesday allowing educators to blame the rollout of the Common Core standards as a reason for poor student performance:

A Regents panel voted to allow teachers and principals who could be fired based on poor student performance on Common Core exams this year or last year to defend themselves by citing the botched rollout of the tough new curriculum.

Governor Andrew Cuomo disagreed with the decision, advocating for the new teacher evaluations:

“There is a difference between remedying the system for students and parents and using this situation as yet another excuse to stop the teacher- evaluation process,” Cuomo fumed in a harsh statement.

Education-reform advocated backed the governor including StudentsFirstNY executive director Jenny Sedlis:

“We must not allow criticism manufactured by special interests to turn back the clock on teacher evaluations and higher standards,” StudentsFirstNY executive director Jenny Sedlis said.