Just a couple days after publicly expressing doubt over the future of his bill to limit disclosure of teacher evaluations, Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s strategic introduction of the legislation appears to pay off.
Cuomo introduced the bill just before midnight Monday — the last day it could be introduced in order for it to be voted on today, the last scheduled day of the 2012 legislative session. (Cuomo could waive the three-day waiting period; he said that he won’t for any bills this week.)
That way, it couldn’t be changed or negotiated. Cuomo said Tuesday that he wasn’t willing to budge on his proposal at this time. The bill, which passed the Senate earlier and appears poised to pass the Assembly, would allow parents to see the rating of their child’s current teacher, while the public would be able to see the ratings of all teachers without the name attached.
Cuomo issued a statement about a half hour ago, applauding both houses of the Legislature:
“I applaud the Senate and Assembly for taking up the teacher evaluation disclosure bill. I believe it strikes the right balance between protecting teacher privacy and a parent’s right to know. I also appreciate all those who participated in this important dialogue over the past few months. The teachers’ unions made important points and the bill respects their members’ legitimate right to privacy. I also appreciate the opinion of Mayor Bloomberg and I believe the final bill reflects much of his perspective. I know this was a difficult issue for the Legislature and I applaud their courage and leadership. This bill is the metaphorical cherry on the cake to the end of what I believe is one of the most successful and broad ranging legislative sessions in modern political history. From transformative economic reforms to historic social progress, this session was a magnificent accomplishment for the people of New York State.”