New York State’s Teacher of the Year testified at a Senate hearing that even she could not receive high marks in her teacher evaluation process, due to what she and others say is the dysfunctional implementation of the new Common Core standards.
Kathleen Ferguson, the New York State Teacher of the year, was also the teacher of the year in her school district, and has won several awards for excellence in teaching.
Now that this year’s elections are over, the political world is gearing up for the 2014 contests. Governor Cuomo is expected to seek another term, and so far no one has officially said that they will run against him.
Governor Cuomo sounded like he was in campaign mode the day after Election Day, when he celebrated the passage of a casino gambling amendment that he pushed.
“Are we fired up?” Cuomo asked a cheering crowd.
Cuomo focused on an important issue for any candidate, economic development, and he says the new casinos will bring.
Now that elections are over, deadlines for the state budget are rapidly approaching. Comptroller Tom DiNapoli has released a largely positive budget outlook for the New Year, though he warns of some uncertainties.
Under reforms adopted a few years ago, state officials including the Comptroller, are required to start the budget process, which ends in late march, even earlier.
Comptroller Tom DiNapoli is out with his report, and he says the state budget is largely in balance.