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Bloomberg: Teacher data release likely soon (video)

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg said Thursday he believes the release of teacher ratings data is probably inevitable within the next few days.

Update: But on Friday morning, the New York State Supreme Court set a hearing on a union lawsuit for Nov. 24. The school district agreed to delay release of the data until at least that date.

Similar data in Los Angeles ignited a major national controversy when the Los Angeles Times made it public last month. Several New York media outlets have filed Freedom of Information Act requests for the data.

The United Federation of Teachers, New York’s largest teachers’ union, has gone to court to try to stop the release, but Bloomberg said he does not believe they will prevail.

Whether the city or the union favors the data release, Bloomberg said, the courts seem almost certain to order its release.

Watch a video of his remarks at the top of this story.

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