ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - Gov. Andrew Cuomo says he may not reach agreement with lawmakers on his bill to keep teacher evaluations from the public after all.
Cuomo has been negotiating privately with legislative leaders to limit the disclosure of broad, single-phrase ratings. A court has said the evaluations should be public, but Cuomo and teachers' unions have tried to limit their release to parents of children in a teacher's class.
The bill would also prevent parents from seeing the evaluations of teachers they might want to avoid in future years.
Cuomo tells WOR Radio the talks might not result in a deal by midnight Monday. That would be needed to get a bill to the floor in time for a vote by the end of the session on Thursday.
As a last minute gambit, the Governor introduced a bill to move the issue ahead, advocating various report cards on grades, poverty level, and the number of principals and teachers moved between levels each year.
"I believe the bill strikes the right balance between a teacher's right to privacy and the parents' and public's right to know," the governor said in a prepared statement.
His proposal, released just after midnight, would not allow schools to release data to the general public