There is this really cool feature about democracy. From time to time, people who have to win election to their seats in the Legislature or Congress actually pay attention to their constituents. That is happening in New York state right now. Governor Cuomo presented some truly bad ideas about how to evaluate teachers (as if he knows how to evaluate teachers), introducing tax credits for private and religious schools (aka vouchers), and expanding charters. He told parents and educators that he would not increase education aid unless his boneheaded plan was endorsed. But fortunately, we still live in a democracy, and the Legislature has made clear in recent days that they will not tie state aid to Andrew’s bad ideas. The gossip is that they will increase charters (too much money behind them to be ignored), but they will not tie state aid to acceptance of the Governor’s agenda.


See here and here.