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Letter: Top Grades

Your Aug. 13 editorial on teacher evaluations, “New York gets left back,” misses the point. New York’s law is at least as tough as New Jersey’s, and a model for the nation. All New York teachers will be evaluated this school year, while New Jersey’s law takes effect in 2013. New York will be able to get rid of ineffective teachers and strengthen the majority of teachers immediately. New Jersey’s students must wait. Unlike Trenton, Albany will withhold state aid from school districts that fail to adopt a teacher-evaluation system. New Jersey has no way to penalize districts that drop the ball. We believe Gov. Cuomo brought all sides to the table and provided both a carrot and a stick if schools do not prioritize student achievement.

Christina Grant, New York Campaign for Achievement Now