Court blocks state from withholding NYC school aid

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s line in the sand with New York City over its stalemate on a teacher evaluation system was rejected by a state Supreme Court judge today.

The judge blocked the state from withholding the $250 million in aid that’s in limbo because the city and the union have failed to reach a teacher-evaluation deal.

Cuomo has threatened to hold back state aid from districts that didn’t meet a mid-January deadline to have an agreement with their teachers’ union. New York City was one of only a few not to comply.

From the AP:

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — A New York judge has blocked the state from withholding $250 million from New York City schools as punishment for missing a deadline for adopting a teacher evaluation plan.

State Supreme Court Justice Manuel Mendez on Thursday granted a preliminary injunction freezing the penalty until a lawsuit challenging it is settled.

All of the state’s 700 school districts were supposed to adopt a teacher evaluation plan by January in order to collect their share of a state aid increase this year. But when New York City and the United Federation of Teachers couldn’t agree on a system in time, the state said its share was lost.

Thursday’s court order says the parents challenging the constitutionality of withholding funds as punishment have a chance to win their case.

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