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NY education official says teacher evaluation timeline unrealistic, orders extension

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ALBANY, New York — A top New York education official says the state's deadline for new teacher evaluation plans is unrealistic and is directing the Education Department to give districts more time.

Board of Regents Chancellor Merryl Tisch wants the current Nov. 15 deadline for having plans approved by the state extended until Sept. 1, 2016, for districts unable to meet it.

Tisch said in a statement Wednesday that she's worried that districts — and students — could lose out on state aid tied to the reforms.

She has directed the state Education Department to administratively extend the deadline for districts facing hardships meeting it.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo's counsel, Alphonso David, says the current law includes a hardship exemption, but says that should be the exception, not the rule.

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