NYC schools could lose millions in grants

January 3, 2012 1:38:26 PM PST
Struggling New York City schools are at risk of losing out on $60 million in federal grants after talks aimed at resolving a dispute over new teacher evaluations faltered.

Negotiations between city education officials and the United Federation of Teachers fell apart Friday.

State Education Commissioner John King Jr. said in a statement that the adults responsible for the city's schools "let the students down." He said he had "no choice" but to suspend federal funding funneled from the state to some low-achieving city schools.

UFT President Michael Mulgrew said the city's Education Department "refused to bargain in a meaningful way."

Schools Chancellor Dennis M. Walcott said the union was "more interested in setting up procedural roadblocks" to protect underperforming teachers.

The matter could head to arbitration.

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