Cuomo Calls Public School System A Monopoly He Wants To Bust

Democratic Gubernatorial Candidate Andrew Cuomo Gathers With Supporters On Election Night

Reposted from the New York Daily News:

Vowing to break “one of the only remaining public monopolies,” Gov. Cuomo on Monday said he’ll push for a new round of teacher evaluation standards if re-elected. Cuomo, during a meeting with the Daily News Editorial Board, said better teachers and competition from charter schools are the best ways to revamp an underachieving and entrenched public education system.

“I believe these kinds of changes are probably the single best thing that I can do as governor that’s going to matter long-term,” he said, “to break what is in essence one of the only remaining public monopolies — and that’s what this is, it’s a public monopoly.” Cuomo said he will push a plan that includes more incentives — and sanctions — that “make it a more rigorous evaluation system.” Cuomo expects fierce opposition from the state’s teachers, who are already upset with him and have refused to endorse his re-election bid.

Cuomo in 2012 won enactment of a new system tying teacher performance to the Common Core curriculum testing results. The implementation of some of those standards was delayed for two years earlier this year in recognition of the sloppy roll-out of the Common Core program. Cuomo accused teachers of having tried to torpedo the Common Core curriculum in fighting the evaluation standards — and expects they will again. “They will be using it the way they used it, I believe — to get the parents upset last year about this entire Common Core agenda,” he said.

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