As if there was any doubt—he authored the bill, after all—Gov. Andrew Cuomo officially signed a bill into law to limit the disclosure of teacher evaluations.
The bill had been passed by the Legislature on Thursday, the last day of the regularly scheduled 2012 legislative session. Cuomo had introduced it late Monday night, giving lawmakers a take-it-or-leave-it choice since he had promised not to waive the three-day waiting period for bills to age.
Both the Senate and Assembly overwhelmingly passed the bill, though there was a period of uncertainty before the upper chamber brought it to the floor.
“This law strikes the right balance between a teacher’s right to privacy and the parents’ and public’s right to know,” Cuomo said in a statement today. “New York’s children deserve a top-quality education, and the state’s new teacher evaluation system will ensure that teachers and principals are held responsible for student performance.”
The new law requires schools to disclose the rating of a specific teacher to the parents and guardians of his/her students. All of the ratings will be disclosed online, but without a teacher’s name attached to the scores.