Queens, NY, March 1, 2011 – NYS Senator Joseph P. Addabbo, Jr., a member of the Senate's Education Committee, released the following statement on education bill S.3501B, scheduled for a vote today:
We cannot discard the flawed LIFO process if the replacement process is just as flawed and creates legal issues. We must have a process that evaluates the teachers fairly and logically.
Since a new state law, which I supported, takes effect next year that comprehensively evaluates teachers, I am hopeful that the union leaders and the Bloomberg administration can negotiate the terms of an interim teacher layoff agreement.
I am optimistic that at the conclusion and ratification of a state and a city budget, teacher layoffs can be avoided for the sake of our children.