NY education leaders propose law to protect students

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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York's education chancellor and commissioner are proposing a state law to prevent students getting assigned teachers rated "ineffective" two years in a row.

In a letter Wednesday to Gov. Andrew Cuomo, proposing various measures to improve public education, Chancellor Merryl Tisch and acting Commissioner Elizabeth Berlin suggest New York adopt that policy to "protect students from the lasting negative impact" of having two poorly rated teachers one right after the other.

They say Indiana and Florida have adopted similar laws and Rhode Island adopted the policy.

They also proposed revising New York's teacher evaluation system to make it easier to remove teachers rated "ineffective" two years in a row.

Cuomo this week said he will propose "comprehensive reforms" to the performance review system in 2015 to "strengthen" it.

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