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Press Pass: News education reporter Tiffany Lankes talks teachers unions and the opt-out movement

The past year has been a time of significant change in New York's education system, and key to driving the shift were teachers unions.

The state's opt-out movement became the largest in the country. New York State United Teachers pressured the governor to back off his aggressive timeline for using test scores to evaluate teachers. In Buffalo, the city teachers union broke a 12-year stalemate with a new contract that awards hefty raises for teachers.

Now, as the state union prepares to change officers, some wonder how the power shift could affect education policy.

The change also comes in a new political climate for teachers and the union. Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo is no longer pushing the dramatic  education reforms he was advocating a few years ago, and recently has placed his focus on fighting the Trump administration, a battle in which the teachers union will be a likely ally.

Buffalo News education reporter Tiffany Lankes joined WBFO's Eileen Buckley for a special Facebook Live edition of "Press Pass" to discuss these issues. Watch the conversation  on WBFO's Facebook page.

Or listen here.





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