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UPDATE: High Noon for evaluation proposals

By Lombardo David
Thursday, January 17, 2013

This morning Gov. Andrew Cuomo reiterated his hard deadline for approving teacher and principal evaluation plans.

“Today is the final deadline for the handful of school districts, including New York City, that have failed to get their teacher evaluation systems in place," Cuomo said in a statement.

According to the governor's website, as of Wednesday morning, the Galway Central School District and Northville Central School District did not have their Annual Professional Performance Review plans approved by the state Education Department. Galway's interim superintendent had told the Gazette that the district's plan was approved on Tuesday.

Other plans that have been approved this month are the school districts of Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake, Cobleskill-Richmondville, Duanesburg, Fonda-Fultonville, Middleburgh, Oppenheim-Ephratah, Saratoga Springs, Sharon Springs and Shenendehowa.

"Please hear me -- there will be no extensions or exceptions," Cuomo said. "Since we established one of the strongest teacher evaluation models in the nation last year, 98% of school districts have successfully implemented them. The remaining districts and their unions have until midnight tonight to do the same or they will forfeit the increase in education aid they have been counting on and both parties will have failed the children they serve.”

UPDATE, 3:23 p.m.: The state Education Department has updated its website for today and says Galway still needs to tweak its plan.

Interestingly, SED says Northville already had its plan approved last month. This is in sharp contradiction to Cuomo's website, which is also tracking this.

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