New York Commissioner of Education has warned New York City that if the union and the mayor don’t reach a deal on teacher evaluation, he will withhold over $1 billion, in addition to the $250 million already at stake in Race to the Top funding.

He is holding the children and their education hostage unless the parties submit to his will.

With his long (two year) history in a charter school, he knows all there is to know about how to evaluate teachers. His Uncommon Schools charter is known for incredible suspension rates. Does that affect evaluations? He doesn’t say.

How dare he cripple the education of 1.1 million students unless the teachers do as he tells them. Revolutions have happened for less.