Heastie said despite agreement on some issues over the weekend, he does not foresee any “major policy trades” before session ends, particularly involving the teacher evaluation bill that Senate Republicans are trying to tie to an increase in the number of charter schools allowed in the state and weaker oversight at yeshivas from the state Education Department.
“If they want to pass teacher evaluations, a straight bill, we’d be happy for them to do it,” Heastie said. “But we’re not trading charters, we’re not trading anything on yeshivas, for this — it’s clear two-way agreed-upon bills. No trades.”
It almost sounds like the Democrats have a bit of a spine here. Maybe they have seen that most teachers aren't enthusiastic about a slight change in the law that leaves the current system mostly in place. My guess is Democrats are expecting to win the State Senate this November. If that happens, isn't it time to scrap the entire evaluation mess as our petition calls for? No half baked compromise bill.
Meanwhile, I am not surprised that the Supreme Court is saving the Janus decision until close to the end of their term. It is kind of rare for the Court to overturn a forty year precedent, which is what they will be doing if they overturn the Abood decision and allow people to benefit from the union without paying fair share fees.
Big decisions often come at the end of the term. It could be Thursday or Monday. We will react as soon as we read the decision.
There is a good analysis over at Vox. Please read.