State Education Chancellor Merryl Tisch calls on Mayor Bloomberg and union president Michael Mulgrew to strike deal on teacher evaluations
City will lose nearly $292 million in state money if deal isn't struck by January. 'They're killing me,' says Tisch
Original article in the New York Daily News by Rachel Monahan.
The state education chancellor called on the “two Michaels” — Mayor Bloomberg and teachers union President Mulgrew — to stop sniping and strike a deal on teacher evaluations.
The city will lose $292 million in state money if the deal fails to come together by January.
“They’re killing me,” Merryl Tisch told the Daily News Editorial Board on Wednesday. “They’re killing me, because it is time for New York City to negotiate this, to have an evaluation system in place.”
The talks broke down in December amid a flurry of finger-pointing over whether teachers would be able to appeal poor ratings. A month later, Bloomberg cranked up the conflict by moving to shut down 24 schools and make their teachers reapply for their jobs — a move now being blocked by the courts.
Tisch said the fight over closing schools has been a “distraction.” “It hardly seems reasonable to me to hold an entire city school system hostage to what is going on in these (24) schools,” she said.
City school officials declined to comment Wednesday. Mulgrew said the union was working with the city on a deal.