Cuomo proposes revisions in teacher tenure, charters

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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Gov. Andrew Cuomo has proposed making it harder for teachers to get the job protection of tenure and easier to remove educators who are incompetent or engaged in misconduct.

Cuomo has also proposed revising teacher evaluations with half their scores based on their students' scores on state tests, up from 20 percent, and half based on classroom observations.

For tenure, he wants a requirement of five straight annual ratings of effective or highly effective. Tenure now can be granted after three years.

He would simplify the removal process, eliminating the requirement that administrators first attempt to rehabilitate teachers.

He also wants to raise the limit on charter schools from 460 to 560 and establish a tax credit for contributions to schools, education funds and scholarship groups.

Cuomo is delivering his state of the state address and budget proposals on Wednesday.

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