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Teachers' Union Reacts to Governor's Comments on Evaluation Standards

Feb 14, 2012

The State Education Department and New York State United Teachers have until Thursday to resolve their litigation over new evaluation standards for teachers and school administrators.

Click on the audio player above to listen to a portion of Urbanski's interview on 1370 Connection with WXXI's Bob Smith.

If they fail to do so, Governor Cuomo says he'll impose his own standards as part of his package of amendments to his proposed state budget.

Rochester Teachers' Association President Adam Urbanski says he's not surprised by the Governor's declaration, but teachers and the education department hope to agree to a settlement before the governor can act.

Urbanski says testing only captures a part of what children are learning and how well teachers are helping them.

He hopes any final standard for evaluating teachers and allocating school funding will take the full picture into account.