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Shortly after unveiling ads last week attacking Gov. Cuomo's education plans, the heads of the city and state teacher unions met with aides to the governor, the Daily News has learned.City teachers union President Michael Mulgrew and New York State United Teachers President Karen Magee attended the meeting on Friday at the state Capitol.Sources say the unions during the meeting may have agreed to temporarily pull their attack ads, leaving some insiders to question whether the sides are trying to hammer out some type of agreement on how to move forward.Reps for both unions wouldn't discuss the specifics of the meeting, though a NYSUT spokesman said that its "broad-based media campaign is moving forward, with more to come."“We talk to elected officials all the time," said Mulgrew spokeswoman Alison Gendar. "We use strategically-placed ads to move the education discussion in the right direction. At this moment, the UFT and NYSUT, our parent organization, are engaged in the largest grass-roots campaign in recent memory to empower teachers and to protect our students.”In a separate statement, NYSUT spokesman Carl Korn said that "we advocate for students and public education in many ways, including talking to elected officials.""We have a strategy to use rotating television ads, billboards, print ads, social media and public forums to educate New Yorkers about the importance of protecting public education," he added. "Our grassroots campaign is accelerating. More forums are taking place next week. NYSUT's broad-based media campaign is moving forward, with more to come."Neither Gendar nor Korn returned calls over the weekend for clarification on their statements.Cuomo aides also wouldn't comment.Cuomo has been warring with the unions, who did not back his reelection effort last year.Vowing to break what he calls "one of the only remaining public monopolies," the governor this year proposed an education-reform package that would revamp the teacher tenure and evaluation programs, make it easier to fire bad and lecherous instructors, give the state more power to oversee the overhaul of failing schools and expand charter schools.He also has accused the unions of being more interested in protecting their members than improving the situation for students.The unions have accused him of trying to demonize teachers.