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Teachers fight evaluation system

The state teachers union has sued New York's Board of Regents and the education commissioner to stop a new teacher evaluation system that relies more on student performance in standardized tests.

State Supreme Court Justice Richard Platkin has ordered the board and Commissioner John King to show why the disputed regulations shouldn't be suspended pending a ruling on whether they violate state law.

New York State United Teachers says it was ready to help develop an evaluation system in collaboration with teachers and other stakeholders, but regents instead took an easy politic option and doubled the value of tests whose worth is dubious.

An Education Department spokesman said Tuesday they are confident the rules, which will help school districts remove ineffective teachers from the classroom, will be upheld by the courts.

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