“I applaud Governor Cuomo and the State Legislature for their leadership to ensure school districts across the state have evaluation systems in place that are focused on the development of teachers, giving school leaders tools to hold teachers accountable for students’ learning while helping them grow and become more effective in the classroom. The Bloomberg Administration and UFT must come to an agreement on this vital issue and a fair teacher evaluation system must be in place in the City as soon as possible. That said, New York City’s students should not be penalized for the lack of a deal on teacher evaluations when they had no seat the bargaining table and no role in the impasse.”