The debacle already has been written into the campaign rhetoric of Democrat Jim Gaughran, the Suffolk Water Authority chairman who is running again against Senate Education Committee Chairman Carl Marcellino (R-Syosset) in Long Island, where backlash against the state exams resulted in a powerful opt-out movement.
Marcellino, who voted for Flanagan's bill, also sponsored the NYSUT-backed Senate version of the Assembly bill, NY S 8301 (17R), which had 55 Senate sponsors in the 63-member chamber, but skeptics in the Senate's leadership and the state Education Department warned there could be unintended consequences.
Up until late Wednesday evening, Marcellino said he was confident there would be a compromise with the Assembly on teacher evaluations, repeating an oft-heard Albany phrase: "There's time; nothing's over 'til it's over."
Gaughran, who lost to Marcellino by the relatively slim margin of 74,026 to 72,265 in 2016, said this week's inaction proves the need for new leadership.
"For weeks Senator Marcellino claimed to be working to pass this essential bill, but the reality is that he failed, and now students and teachers are going to suffer as a result." Gaughran said in a statement Thursday. "Long Island voters are tired of politicians' double-talk and false promises."| read more ››