– Governor Andrew Cuomo will focus on education in his State of the State speech on Wednesday, according to the New York Daily News. He’ll focus on accountability and announce a reform commission.
Cuomo’s announcement will come just days after he was critical of the city and other districts that failed to reach agreement with their unions on a new teacher evaluation system by an end-of-year deadline.
“What are the performance indicators? How do you judge performance in the education system? How are the services being provided?” the source said. “No one has really looked at it without a particular perspective on what’s going on in education.”
Will Cuomo go to war with teachers? Or will he focus on broader initiatives, including funding reform?
– Howard Relin wrote an op-ed in the Democrat and Chronicle blasting Mike Green’s failed nomination for a federal judgeship.
The so-called world’s greatest deliberative body has been reduced to a group of petty, partisan, scheming politicians.
– LG is generating a lot of buzz for its giant new OLED television screen. I couldn’t help but think about Kodak, which sold off its OLED unit to LG a couple years ago. Kodak pioneered OLED technology, which uses organic thin-film materials. There are initiatives in Rochester to grow OLED-related companies and it would be nice to see jobs created on a large scale. It’s rather frustrating that hasn’t happened already in the birthplace of the technology.
– PBS wants to be HBO – without the monthly fee. I want to stream “Downton Abbey” after reading about the program’s success.
– There’s a great history column in the Democrat and Chronicle about a Rochester Civil War soldier and his sword.