ALBANY, N.Y. - Governor Cuomo said in the State of the State that in order for our children to do well, our teachers must do well too.
The first point Cuomo made was that kids should be in school longer; either by longer days or less vacation, and extending pre-kindergarten into a full day program.
Cuomo looks to hold teachers accountable for providing kids a quality education. He says because not all teachers educate the same, they shouldn't be paid the same; salary should be determined by how well teachers educate students.
In addition to funding based on performance, he's proposing paying high-performing "master teachers" $15,000 extra a year for four years to teach other teachers.
Lastly, Cuomo looks to make teachers pass a bar examination - similar to how lawyers need to pass a bar to practice law, teachers would need to pass the bar to teach, ensuring only the best teachers in the classroom.