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No agreement in Albany on teacher evaluations, so far

Governor Andrew Cuomo says he no longer thinks settling the issue of making teacher evaluations public is “urgent,” and will allow the legislature to leave later this week without an agreement on the matter.

Cuomo, speaking on former Governor David Paterson’s radio show on WOR Monday, said the legislature will end its session for the summer without acting on a plan on how to make public teacher evaluations public, saying that the evaluations do not have to be completed by schools until January, anyway.

“Nothing that we have left, frankly is that urgent that it can’t take more time,” said Cuomo. “And frankly, wouldn’t be better with more time.”

Cuomo says he’s more concerned with an “orderly” end to the session than down-to-the-wire talks that would require a special message by the governor to bypass the legal three-day waiting period before bills can be acted upon. 

However, the governor did submit a bill just before midnight Monday that would provide a limited disclosure of teacher evaluations. It's not known if the governor's bill has the support of the legislature, which is still set to leave Albany on Thursday.

The governor also says he is pleased that the legislature agreed to his plan to crack down on abuse of the disabled in state run facilities.



Karen DeWitt is Capitol Bureau Chief for New York State Public Radio, a network of 10 public radio stations in New York State. She has covered state government and politics for the network since 1990.