Cuomo called the failure of the NYCDOE and the UFT to come to an agreement on the APPR teacher evaluation system a "tragedy."
No it isn't.
Newtown was a tragedy.
Hurricane Sandy was a tragedy.
The failure of the NYCDOE and the UFT to come to an agreement on the APPR teacher evaluation system was simply a failed political maneuver by Governor Cuomo to tie evaluation agreements to aid increases in order to get a 100% compliance across the state.
Similarly, Regents Chancellor Merryl Tisch called the failure of the DOE and the UFT to come to an agreement "devastating."
No it isn't.
Getting cancer from the Newport cigarettes her family made for all those years is devastating.
Getting bedbugs from the movie theaters her family owns, bringing them
home and having to throw everything you own out as a result is
This increase in aid was never going to see the inside of the classroom.
It was going to be used on testing contracts, data tracking, outside consultants and other giveaways to Tisch's corporate cronies - including her brother-in-law who helps run K12 Inc.
Nothing devastating or tragic from my point of view for that money staying up in Albany.
If anything is tragic and devastating, it's the unpiloted education reforms sweeping the state as a result of Tisch's and Cuomo's leadership.