The Daily Gazette’s editorial board lamented on March 10 that Governor Cuomo and the state’s teachers could not find common ground. The Gazette believes that it’s “time for the two sides to come together in person and hammer something out.” The Gazette has a point.
In response to the Gazette’s perspective, I have invited Governor Cuomo to the Children First community rally hosted by the Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake Teachers Association. The rally will take place on March 24th at 7 p.m. at the Burnt Hills – Ballston Lake High School Auditorium. The focus of the event will be the governor’s proposal to dramatically increase the reliance of student test scores in teachers’ evaluations. Teachers believe this will have a hugely negative impact on the quality of education for our students. Indeed, teachers should be evaluated and teachers should be accountable. However, we believe the governor’s proposal on teacher evaluation is a mistake. We would like to tell him why we feel that way.
Unfortunately, Governor Cuomo has not responded to my invitation beyond an auto-generated response.
Teachers are willing to listen. I believe, as The Gazette hopes, we could hammer out a solution that best serves the children in our state if we listen to each other. Governor Cuomo, teachers are willing partners. We have done enough talking at each other. Can we try talking to each other?
We will be waiting on March 24th at 7 p.m.
Teacher and President, Burnt Hills – Ballston Lake Teachers Association