Updated 01/11/2013 06:41 PM
State still waiting on Fallsburg to hand in evaluation plan
The Fallsburg Central School District has not provided mandatory documents to the state, and time is running out to meet a deadline. YNN's Elaina Athans has more.
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FALLSBURG, N.Y. -- "I'm not surprised at all," said parent Ruth Hazelnis.
One Fallsburg Central School District parent isn't surprised, but she is annoyed.
The district is in a small pool that hasn't submitted a mandatory teacher evaluation plan to the state. There is some time left. They're due next Thursday, but already 98 percent of districts statewide have already handed in everything. A district without approval by January 17th will forfeit some state aid.
Superintendent Dr. Ivan Katz tells YNN they are still in the process of negotiating with the local teachers union.
Districts are now required to submit these plans after a law was passed last year. The state Department of Education says a lot of pages have turned on the calender since the governor and the legislature enacted the deadline.
Commissioner Dr. John King said, "Educator evaluations are an integral part of the Regents Reform Agenda. They're vital to help identify struggling teachers and principals and provide them with the professional development they need."
There's even more importance for one parent, who just re-enrolled her 11-year-old in the district this year after home-schooling him last.
"It worried me putting him back and will this, I don't know what's going to happen," said Hazelnis.
The state won't say exactly how much funding Fallsburg could lose if the deadline is missed.