Live chat with governor’s education secretary today

Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s Deputy Secretary for Education David Wakelyn will answer questions in a web chat this afternoon at 3 p.m.

You can submit questions for consideration at the Citizen Connects website.

I’ve posed two questions already on school performance grants and teacher evaluations. It’s my understanding that Wakelyn is working on the governor’s budget amendment that, if introduced, would put before the legislature a new teacher evaluation bill.

Cuomo gave the state education department and New York State United Teachers a month to work out a compromise on the existing law, over which NYSUT sued and won. The state is appealing but a decision might not come for weeks.

The one-month deadline is next Thursday at midnight. I’m interested to see what the governor’s proposal will look like, though my sources say it would offer less choice for districts (and teacher’s unions), instead opting for a more universal mandated system.

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