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State Ed Official Could Set Teacher Evaluation System By June

The state will step in if the mayor and the union have not reached an agreement.

The state education commissioner will set a new teacher evaluation system if city officials and the teacher’s union have not reached an agreement by June 1, NY 1 reported.

Larry Schwartz, a senior advisor to Gov. Andrew Cuomo, announced Wednesday that the governor plans to introduce a bill that would allow State Education Commissioner John King to initiate the June deadline and have a new teacher evaluation system in operation by September, NY 1 reported.

The new deadline would be written into law through a budget amendment.

Under the law, the state’s Education Department would be able to step in and impose a plan during any year in which the city did not already have one in place.

The city’s Education Department has already lost $250 million in state educational aid after failing to reach an agreement with the United Federation of Teachers on a new evaluation system by Jan. 17.

An additional $250 million could be lost if the city does not have the system in place by September, NY 1 reported.

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