New Exams Proposed for Teachers

January 24, 2013 Updated Jan 24, 2013 at 12:24 PM EDT

By WKBW News
By Jaclyn Asztalos

January 24, 2013 Updated Jan 24, 2013 at 12:24 PM EDT

Albany, N.Y. (WKBW) - You may have heard of a bar exam for lawyers. It is a thorough, tough exam many law students lose sleep over. Now, want-to-be teachers may face the same type of screening process.

In a recent Siena College Poll, an overwhelming majority of New Yorkers support the plan proposed by Governor Cuomo. In a poll released just this week, so do a majority of school board members.

It comes after a year of bitter fighter over state mandated teacher evaluations, which nearly held up millions of dollars in funding for Buffalo Schools. The Hamburg School district lost more than $500 thousand because it could not reach a deal with its teachers union.

Cuomo isn't backing down and is receiving high praise for this and other proposals laid out in his State of the State address.

"Siena tested a number of the initiatives that the Governor proposed in his State of the State address and by in large all of them have support by the public. Minimum wage 83 percent support increasing minimum wage, campaign finance reform, public campaign financing 59 percent support," Siena Poll's Steve Greenburg said.

The poll also shows the Governor's proposals are receiving bipartisan support. More Democrats agree but the poll shows many Republicans are also on board.

Specific details about this exam have not been released but Cuomo is moving full speed ahead and wants something in place by the end of the year. Many teacher unions are reserving comments until those details are released.