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NY Gov. Vetoes Bill Giving Teachers Reprieve on Test Scores

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo ’s veto of a bill that would have protected some teachers and principals from poor evaluations is another signal that he aims to tackle education issues in the new year.

In his veto message, Mr. Cuomo said evaluation results released earlier this month were inaccurate, noting that fewer than 1% of teachers were rated ineffective statewide.

The veto marked a reversal from Mr. Cuomo’s position last June, when he negotiated the “safety net” bill. It sought to temporarily shield teachers and principals after a drop in state test scores in 2013, the first year of tests tied to the Common Core, a set of tougher learning standards.