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Mayor Blasts State Lawmakers On Teacher Evaluation Fallout

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Mayor Michael Bloomberg on Monday tussled with state lawmakers in Albany over the recent failed agreement for teacher evaluations.

In what will likely be his last time testifying before a joint state legislative committee, Bloomberg asked a joint session of the Assembly Ways and Means and the Senate Finance Committees to reject part of Governor Andrew Cuomo's 2013-2014 budget.

The budget denies more than $400 million in funding to the city because an agreement on teacher evaluations was not reached in time.

At one point, the hearing got heated when lawmakers accused the mayor of shifting the blame.

"Now we're sitting here and I have to look at my son who is a freshman in New York City high school and say to him he's gonna be punished because the adults couldn't work it out? I really thought you'd come here and say everybody bares some responsibility and let's try to work it out but that's not what I heard," said Assemblywoman Catherine Nolan of Queens.

"That's your law that you provided, that you approved," said Bloomberg. "The deals that you're talking about are one-year deals. Can you explain to me how on earth anybody's gonna get evaluated? The law prohibits you from being evaluated in one year. These are just jokes Cathy. This is exactly what happens. People are saying they did something and they didn't do it."

The new deadline to reach a deal on teacher evaluations in the city is September 1.

In a statement, Michael Mulgrew, the president of the United Federation of Teachers said, "The mayor was embarrassing. He goes up to Albany and talks about things that he is just factually wrong about."

Bloomberg said most agreements expire after a year, which is why he calls them a "sham."

A spokesman for Governor Andrew Cuomo said the state is confident that the interests of the students will triumph and the city and teachers' union will reach an agreement.

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