By Associated Press - Tuesday, June 16, 2015

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - New York school districts unable to come up with a state-approved teacher evaluation system by the November deadline could avoid losing out on the state aid increases tied to the plans.

The Board of Regents is expected to vote Tuesday on a proposal to let districts apply for a hardship waiver, which would give them an extra four months to negotiate a plan.

A Regents subcommittee approved the hardship waiver proposal on Monday.

Districts seeking the waiver would have to show they made a good faith effort to come up with a plan to evaluate teachers and principals based on observations and test results.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo is pushing the state’s nearly 700 districts to rewrite evaluation formulas after virtually all teachers got high marks last year.

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