Deal ensures New York teacher evaluations don't expire

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March 26, 2013

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) - Gov. Andrew Cuomo and legislative leaders say they've come up with a plan to ensure that school district teacher-evaluation systems remain in place until they're re-negotiated.

Monday's agreement addresses a concern at the center of an impasse between New York City and its teachers union that caused city schools to miss a deadline for adopting an evaluation plan. That cost the district $260 million in state aid.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg has said he doesn't want an agreement that would expire before it could weed out ineffective teachers.

Monday's agreement ensures that evaluation systems won't sunset. It also gives New York City and three other districts lacking agreements - Hamburg, Pine Plains and Fallsburg - until May 29 to adopt a system or the state will impose one.

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