Education Dept. Plans Delay In Teachers Evaluation Deadline
The state Education Department is looking at delaying the planned evaluation of teachers. According to the Education Department, the current deadline which has been enforced is highly “unrealistic”.
A statement that was released on Wednesday by Merly Tisch, the Board of Regents Chancellor, said that she had directed the Education Department to remove the deadline it had set of 15th November for the state teachers, who total up to 700, to be evaluated.
The deadline was reached upon in a series of education policy changes that had been approved by the Governor, Andrew Cuomo and the state’s legislature on 1st April.
Tisch has called the deadline set as unrealistic and that she has even received messages from a number of schools which have stated that they will not be able to meet the deadline. According to Tisch, the deadline should be moved to 1st September 2016.
“They're concerned about the very tight time frame, and they're right," she said. "And I'm worried about the fiscal implications for districts that can't meet that deadline. Students should not be denied resources because of adult disagreements.”
Her actions have been criticized by Alphonso David, Cuomo’s counsel, who has stated that postponing the deadline would be disregarding the law.
“The law is clear that the additional state funding is linked to a teacher evaluation system, just like last year," David said. “The state Education Department and Chancellor Tisch should do their job properly and competently and enact the regulations governing the process by the end of June as prescribed by the law.”