It's been a big week in the education world, school budgets, teacher evaluations, we even have a new education commissioner. So, we thought we would take a little look at this week in review, starting with Governor Cuomo's plan on teacher evaluation.
After months of discussion, New York State Board of Regents votes in favor of the way teachers are evaluated.
In the proposal, teachers would be graded based on classroom observations and how well students perform on standardized tests.
Teacher layoffs are currently based on seniority, but the governor says he wants to end that.
Commissioner David Steiner says he knew he couldn't please everyone.
"When you try for the first time ever to create an objective, systematic multi-varied evaluation of a whole profession, hundreds of thousands of practitioners, you are not going to create a model where everyone will be happy," said NYS Education Commissioner David Steiner.
The new evaluation system is expected to be in place by September. In the meantime, the New York State United Teachers Union is considering legal action based on prior signed legislation.
And speaking of Commissioner Steiner, he will be stepping down, and now his replacement has been named - former senior deputy commissioner John B. King. At 36, he is the youngest education commissioner ever for New York State, but any inexperience has really not been in question.
"If I was conducting the search for the Board of Regents, I'd ask them questions about what are the issues you are going to address, what expectations do you have of the new commissioner, what are the personal and professional qualifications you'd want in a new commissioner, I think they would come up with somebody just like John King. He's a good choice," said NYS School Boards Association Executive Director Tim Kremer.
And last but not least, school budgets. At last count, over 93 percent of New York State School budgets passed. A surprisingly high number, given it's been a tough year with school state aid cuts and rising pension and health care costs.
"This says that communities say despite the fact you might have had budgets beyond two percent, that in fact you had to make some drastic cuts, maybe even layoff some people, perhaps even close a building, we're still willing to support public education in our community," said Kremer.
And the subjects continue.