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UFT Ad Takes Mayor To Task On Education Record

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As City Hall and the city teachers union continue to clash over plans for a new teacher evaluation system, the UFT is blasting the mayor in a new television ad that starts airing Tuesday. NY1's Courtney Gross filed the following report.

Members of the city's teachers union are launching a new attack on Mayor Michael Bloomberg, taking to the airwaves in their fight over a new teacher evaluation system.

The ad, which will appear over the next week, includes lines such as, "Ten years as mayor and Mike Bloomberg still doesn't get it," and "Cathie Black, fudged education test scores, closing schools, parents shut out of the process."

City Hall and the United Federation of Teachers are currently at a stalemate over a new system to grade teachers.

The UFT wants an independent arbitrator to step in if a teacher is rated unsatisfactory two years in a row. City Hall wants to get rid of failing teachers without an appeals process.

"The best teachers stay, the least effective goes. And now that is exactly what will happen," said Bloomberg during his State of the City address.

In response to the ads, the mayor's office released the following statement:

“While the UFT focuses on political stunts and lobbying to keep bad teachers in the classroom, the Mayor, Governor, and State Education Department are working collaboratively to implement a rigorous teacher evaluation system that will help ensure our students have the best teachers. It’s a shame that the UFT continues to block accountability measures that will help students.”

Governor Andrew Cuomo has given the city and the UFT a year to agree to a new evaluation system.

Currently, the union says the city refuses to come to the table to negotiate.

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