State education officials are set to release their plan on Saturday for how the city should evaluate its teachers.
Governor Andrew Cuomo ordered the state to impose an evaluation system after the city and teachers' union couldn't agree on a plan earlier this year.
While the new guidelines have been in the making for weeks, Mayor Michael Bloomberg says he thinks they will wind up in court.
On his weekly radio show, the mayor said similar plans upstate are not working because officials are making side deals with teachers' unions.
"All these upstate small districts signed evaluations agreements so that the governor wouldn't cut their money and then signed secret letters that have come to light saying to the union don't worry about it, we won't enforce any of it," Bloomberg said.
Not sure what these comment signal.
The mayor is worried the system won't be harsh and punitive enough for him and he'll have to sue King and the NYSED?
The mayor is worried that it will be harsh and punitive enough for him but the union will sue King and the NYSED?
The mayor was smoking crack with the Toronto mayor again?
Hard to know exactly - Bloomberg has been known to talk out of his ass on his radio show, just riff thoughtlessly, saying whatever comes to his increasingly senile brain.
Maybe these comments signify nothing other than Bloomberg filling air time.
Or maybe they signal that he really does think the new system will wind up in the courts.
I'm skeptical about that because I don't think the UFT wants to sue over this.
Not after they stood on stage with Cuomo, King, Tisch and Iannuzzi two Februaries ago and declared APPR the bestest thing in education since chalk.
And I seriously doubt that NYSED Commissioner/rookie teacher John King is going to unveil a fair system - not with his corporate reform agenda.
But these comments by Bloomberg are interesting.