1-It attempts to pump up Cuomo's education poll numbers that are badly underwater.
2-It keeps the UFT and Mulgrew's name on television as the UFT election is just months away. (The UFT airs a thinly disguised campaign commercial before UFT elections.)
The fact that the ad can be described as misleading at best or pretty much untrue, as Reality Based Educators exposes, is irrelevant. The caption below says "New York Regents Vote to Exclude State Tests in Teacher Evaluations." I guess the Regents exams aren't state tests any longer. They certainly are a part of my evaluation. Very little has changed for educators in the classroom with regard to high stakes testing or Common Core instruction because of the governor's Common Core Task Force but you wouldn't know it from watching the ad.
What really gets to me is that every UFT member is paying for this pathetic pro-Cuomo propaganda.
You would think that with the Friedrichs Supreme Court decision looming that there would be a little bit of soul searching going on at UFT Headquarters down at 52 Broadway. Consider that the day when UFT members might soon be able to withdraw from the union and pay no dues is not far off. It seems logical this would change in some small way how the union operates but no it's business as usual down at 52 Broadway.