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Teacher Evaluation Legislation Awaits Governor Cuomo's Signature

by Associated Press
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New York Legislature passes teacher evaluation disclosure bill

New York's Legislature has given final approval to Governor Andrew Cuomo's bill limiting the release of teacher evaluations only to parents, not to the public.

The Senate approved the measure 58 to 1.

Soon after, the Assembly passed it 118 to 17.

Many lawmakers criticized the bill, saying it was unfair to teachers. But they said the bill was better than allowing broader release of their evaluations.

Once Cuomo signs the law, a teacher's evaluation will be released only to the parents and guardians of students in their class.

Legislator's argued the bill is needed to avoid media exploitation attacking or embarrassing teachers if all evaluations were made public.

The bill passed Thursday comes after a court decision that said all evaluations should be public.

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