Governor Cuomo & teacher evaluations—Michael Benjamin –

This morning, my OpEd on Governor Cuomo and teacher evaluations was published by the NY Post. Cuomo and the state legislature are considering a measure that would shield the evaluations from dissemination to the general public. That has led to a number of editorials opposing a clamp-down on public disclosure.

The issue lead Azi Paybaraugh’s AM Briefing blog this morning. My OpEd follows below:

When is a line in the sand just a line in the sand? When Gov. Cuomo says it is.

Cuomo’s apparent openness to shielding teacher evaluations from public scrutiny is raising more than a few eyebrows.

He was talking of a different matter when he recently noted that “when you draw lines in the sand, some people are on one side or the other.” But the rule still holds when it comes to data on evaluations of public-school teachers: Taxpayers and parents are on one side, teachers unions and their legislative allies are on the other.

And Cuomo seems to be straddling the school-accountability line he drew eight weeks ago.

Read the entire OpEd here: Governor Cuomo & teacher evaluations—Michael Benjamin –

Can teacher evaluations be made a little bit public?
Capital New York
Former Assemblyman Michael Benjamin, writing in the Post, is equally outraged, but lays more of the burden on Governor Andrew Cuomo, who, Benjamin notes, 
Andrew Cuomo addresses reporters. Azi Paybarah
Capital New York
Today, former assemblyman Michael Benjamin took Cuomo to task for even considering limiting the release of evaluations. When Fred Dicker asked the governor 

About SquarePegDem

A former state legislator turned NY Post editorial board member, thought-leader, public affairs consultant and commentator, columnist and blogger. Michael has appeared on Al Jazeera America Tonight, NY1/Inside City Hall, LIVE, YNN/Capital Tonight, The Brian Lehrer Show, The Fred Dicker Show, The Capitol Press Room, and The Daily Show. His op-eds have appeared in the NY Post, City and State, The Legislative Gazette, Bronx Times, The Troy Record, Buffalo News, and the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle. To schedule speaking engagements, email FOMB08@GMAIL.COM.
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2 Responses to Governor Cuomo & teacher evaluations—Michael Benjamin –

  1. Dale Benjamin Drakeford says:

    It never should have been done, but now that it is out there everyone wants transparency. Hence, the 911 debates. I truly appreciate wikilinks, gewker and the rest. If educators can be fully exposed so should the governor and mayor and all they do (or don’t). Bring it on! Be careful what is asked for–sometimes it comes with extra. It turns out that Gov and Mayor did citizens a favor with their outragious decision. Now its our turn.


  2. Eye Floaters says:

    Either justice on Earth, or justice in Heaven. It’s coming!


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