From the NY Post:
A botched deal with the teachers union has forced the city to slam the brakes on a federal program that has already dished out about $20 million to overhaul 11 failing high schools, The Post has learned.
The failure means much of the money spent in the first year of a three-year program will go to waste as officials scramble to change course.
Most of the funds went to individual schools; the rest to the Department of Education for administration and oversight.
The city needed to hammer out a new evaluation system with the teachers union to secure second-year funding for the initiative, which followed one of four federal school-turnaround models known as "transformation."
But because talks tanked, the city instead applied for funds using a radically different approach officials thought would not require a union sign-off -- a model called "restart."