Lhota Loves Bloomberg’s School Policies and Thinks Everyone Else Should Too

Joe Lhota  (Photo: Andy Kropa/Getty Images)
Joe Lhota (Photo: Andy Kropa/Getty Images)

Republican mayoral candidate Joe Lhota heaped praise on Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s education legacy in a speech this morning, commending the current mayor for achieving “incredible” results, and admonishing his Democratic rivals for failing to give him equal praise.

Mr. Lhota pointed to a smattering of improvements on state tests, as well as the city’s jump in graduation rates–which actually dipped slightly this year.

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Bloomberg: Cuomo’s Evaluation Position Could Lead to ‘Chaos’

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There’s a bona fide disagreement between Governor Andrew Cuomo and Mayor Michael Bloomberg when it comes to teacher evaluations.

“He and I have had a discussion, and I think, basically, we sort of disagree,” Mr. Bloomberg said on John Gambling’s radio show this morning when asked about Mr. Cuomo’s indication that he only wants teacher evaluation data to be available to the parents, rather than the public at large.

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New Poll Shows Support For Teacher Evaluations, Cuomo’s Approval Takes A Slight Dip

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Governor Andrew Cuomo

A new Siena College poll showed New York voters approve of Governor Andrew Cuomo’s teacher evaluation plan, though support is slipping for his proposed constitutional amendment allowing non-Indian casinos in the state. The governor’s overall approval rating remains high, although his numbers took a bit of a hit since last month.  Continue reading “New Poll Shows Support For Teacher Evaluations, Cuomo’s Approval Takes A Slight Dip”

Rupert Murdoch Wonders How 'Chicken Cuomo' Will Respond To 'Bloomberg's Bold Teacher Proposals'

 Rupert Murdoch Wonders How 'Chicken Cuomo' Will Respond To 'Bloomberg's Bold Teacher Proposals'
Rupert Murdoch (Photo: Twitter)

News Corporation media mogul Rupert Murdoch took to Twitter today to weigh in on Mayor Bloomberg’s State of the City address. Mr. Murdoch praised Mayor Bloomberg’s education proposals, encouraged the United Federation of Teacher’s to drop their opposition to the initiatives and wondered how New York’s “chicken” governor will respond.

“Bloomberg’s bold teacher proposals today terrific. How will chicken Cuomo respond? If UFT refuses this money good teachers will scream,” Mr. Murdoch wrote. Continue reading “Rupert Murdoch Wonders How 'Chicken Cuomo' Will Respond To 'Bloomberg's Bold Teacher Proposals'”

Governor Cuomo: 'Teacher Evaluation Is a Major Crisis For The State'

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Governor Cuomo (Photo: Getty)

In his appearance on Fred Dicker’s radio show today, Governor Andrew Cuomo addressed the controversy over teacher evaluations. Last week, State Education Commissioner John B. King announced suspended millions of dollars in funding from schools in the five boroughs and nine other districts around New York that missed a deadline to agree on plans for teacher evaluation programs. Governor Cuomo, who called for an education commission to come up with an evaluation plan in his State of the State address last week, described the situation with as a “major crisis for the state.” Though he doesn’t plan on personally getting involved in the tense negotiations on evaluations going on between local school districts and teacher’s unions, Governor Cuomo said something has to give.

“This situation is not going away, we need the evaluations done because it’s how we improve education. Second, we need an evaluation system, because it was the condition of the federal funding and it’s not going to get better,” Governor Cuomo said. Continue reading “Governor Cuomo: 'Teacher Evaluation Is a Major Crisis For The State'”