The statewide teachers union successfully sued the state Department of Education to block their standards on the teachers ratings. The state Department of Education is appealing the ruling. New York State Teachers United president Richard Iannuzzi rejected the governor’s accusation that the union was the obstacle, noting in 90 of the state’s school districts, the local unions have already agreed to the new ratings. “The evidence certainly contradicts the rhetoric coming from both the governor and the [state education\] commissioner,” Iannuzzi said, noting the state union has already conceded on two key issues. Teachers who score a zero or minimal points on the student test scores will not be considered effective, Iannuzzi said, but he won’t fold on the issues where courts have already determined the state rules violated the Race to the Top law. “The only thing that’s preventing the full implementation of the law is the State Ed Deparment’s appeal,” said Iannuzzi. Cuomo has called on the two sides to settle the lawsuit within 30 days — or else he will write his own teacher evaluation standards and put them in his budget submission to the legislature.