ALBANY, N.Y. March 3, 2011 - NYSUT today said Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s program bill recognizes the centrality of a fair, objective system for evaluating all teachers, whether for hiring, retaining or laying off.
“The bill keeps in place collective bargaining and acknowledges the Teacher/Principal Evaluation Law adopted by the Legislature last year,” NYSUT President Richard C. Iannuzzi said. “Not only does it show respect for collective bargaining, but it protects employment decisions from management prerogative and abuse.” He added that NYSUT “continues to be willing to be part of any meaningful discussions about continually improving the effectiveness of our members.”
NYSUT, the state’s largest union, represents more than 600,000 teachers, school-related professionals, academic and professional faculty in higher education, professionals in education and health care and retirees. NYSUT is affiliated with the American Federation of Teachers, National Education Association and the AFL-CIO.