- Associated Press - Thursday, April 2, 2015

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - The president of New York’s largest teachers union is speaking out against a top education official’s suggestion to exempt high-performing school districts from new teacher evaluation requirements.

New York State United Teachers President Karen Magee Thursday referred to the exemption floated by Regents Chancellor Merryl Tisch as a “yacht” evaluation plan that would benefit some districts while keeping unfair pressure on others.

Tisch told the online news site Capital New York that districts with high graduation and college readiness rates should have more autonomy in evaluating their teachers.

The teachers union and Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s administration are sharply divided over state-mandated evaluations that rely in part on student performance on Common Core-aligned state tests. Lawmakers included revisions to the evaluation system in the newly approved state budget.

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