The Cuomo administration announced Wednesday that the state education commissioner is prepared to set a new teacher evaluation system for city public school educators by June 1, if city officials and the teachers union cannot reach an agreement by then.
Larry Schwartz, a senior advisor to Governor Andrew Cuomo, told Albany reporters that the governor is introducing a bill that would have State Education Commissioner John King choose a plan that falls with guidelines passed by the governor and the state Legislature.
The governor said Wednesday that he wants to give the state the ability to step in by June 1 in order to get the new system up and running by September, and that the newest deadline would be written into law through a budget amendment.
He said that it would give the State Education Department the power in perpetuity to step in and impose a teacher evaluation system on the city.
"This is in perpetuity. Any year that New York City and New York City school district does not have a plan in place, then SED would come in and put the plan in place," Cuomo said.
The city Department of Education already lost $250 million in state educational aid last month, for failing to have an agreement with the United Federation of Teachers on an evaluation system by January 17.
Another $250 million in aid is at stake if the city DOE does not have an evaluation system in place by September.
Statewide, 98 percent of school districts agreed on new evaluation systems with their local teachers unions by the governor's last deadline.
Whether the new evaluation system would expire or not had been one of the sticking points between the city and union.
In the past few weeks, both Mayor Michael Bloomberg and the teachers' union president, Michael Mulgrew, said they were struggling to come together on the final details of the plan, and they acknowledged that the governor would likely have to step in to set a new system in place.