Assembly Education Chairwoman Catherine Nolan, D-Manhattan, said at a Wednesday press conference that the state shouldn’t have dangled an increase in state funding on a “stick” to make school districts and unions draft evaluation plans.
There is currently a court battle over whether the state can withhold about $250 million in school aid from New York City since it didn’t have an approved evaluation plan in time for a state-imposed Jan. 17 deadline. Nolan hopes the court will award the school district the funding.
Most school districts negotiated one-year plans, so Gov. Andrew Cuomo plans to again tie an increase in state aid to approved plans. If the court ultimately sides against the state, it is uncertain whether Cuomo will be able to continue using additional funding as an incentive.
Nolan said Wednesday at a Capitol news conference on education funding that the incentive should be that creating an evaluation system is “the right thing to do.”