State Board of Regents Weakens Teacher Evaluation Policy

Chalkbeat New York // February 10, 2014

Earlier this week, the New York State Board of Regents approved a new regulation that makes it easier for teachers who receive "ineffective" evaluation ratings for two straight years to defend themselves from being fired.

The decision comes as New York state works to improve the implementation of the Common Core curriculum. According to Chalkbeat New York, Governor Andrew Cuomo, a supporter of the Common Core and of stronger teacher evaluations, immediately criticized the new regulation.

StudentsFirstNY Executive Director Jenny Sedlis sided with Governor Cuomo:

"By threatening to oust incumbent Regents and rile up stakeholders, the teachers union and their allies are forcing the Regents to tamper with the state's new evaluation system, which was enacted with the full consent of the union," said StudentsFirstNY Executive Director Jenny Sedlis.