A State School Boards Association poll reported today that a majority of school board members support a teacher and principal evaluation system and a minimum wage hike, Gannett’s Haley Viccaro reports.
About 57 percent of members polled said school districts should impose an evaluation system statewide for those that don’t come to an agreement by the deadline. About 35 percent of those surveyed said the state should not implement an evaluation system.
“School board members recognize the importance of having an effective evaluation system in place for teachers and principals,” said Timothy Kremer, director of the association, in a statement.
The poll showed that 61 percent of individuals’ surveyed support raising the minimum wage and 32 percent are against it, with 7 percent unsure about an increase. About 51 percent of school board members are in favor of opening four casinos upstate.
“If casinos become a reality in New York, revenue generated to support public education must be used as a supplement – not a substitute – for current education funding,” Kremer said in a statement.
Kremer said some school board members are cautious about relying on casinos in the state to help fund public schools. The poll showed that 39 percent of respondents are opposed to the idea and 10 percent were unsure.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s proposed budget says that 90 percent of funds generated by New York casinos should go to public schools.