Saturday, September 08, 2018
Governor Andrew Cuomo Cannot Be Trusted.
Governor Andrew Cuomo is expected to easily win reelection as Governor in November, as he sweeps through the Democratic primary this week and the general election. To further his Presidential ambitions, he has swung further to the left (progressive) to get the progressive Democrats to endorse him. Moreover, he has proclaimed that he is pro union by enacting executive actions that protect unions. However, has he really changed?
Back in 2011 he imposed a three year wage freeze (the triple zeros) on State workers that affected all public service employee contracts throughout the State since localities can point to the State contract as a bases for giving inadequate or no raises.. If that wasn't bad enough he also imposed unpaid furlough days and a substantial increase in employee paid health benefits. To put a cherry on top of the "employee givebacks" the Governor required all new employees to join the vastly inferior Tier VI pension plan. Least we forget that he also wanted to reduce retiree health benefits in the 2017 contract.
As for teachers, he pushed for a teacher evaluation system that would have 7% to 8% of all teachers rated "ineffective" due to "junk Science". Further, 50% of the teacher's evaluation would be based upon student growth scores, even when the student wasn't in the teacher's roster and teachers only account for between 1% and 14% of a student's academic growth! Finally, he demanded four years of effective ratings before tenure can be given rather than three and that the burden of proof in a 3020-a hearing be on the "ineffective" teacher rather than the school district which usually means termination.
Least we forget how the Governor has refused to fully fund New York City schools despite a court order to do so and is a major factor, besides DOE policies, that schools have budgets that are 10% below their fair funding. In addition, the Governor is a strong supporter of education reform and charter schools. In addition, he pushed and passed legislation to ensure that charter schools receive public money at the expense of public schools. No wonder his largest contributor is the education reform organizations and the charter sector.
Remember, the only thing Governor Andrew Cuomo really cares about is winning.