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28 Nov 2011

Dear Friends:
You are receiving this message because you have taken the bold step of supporting the Long Island Principals' APPR Position Paper. We thank you for your support of the paper and would like to keep you posted on the status of our efforts.
We Have a New Name!
Although started in Long Island, our efforts and support have expanded far beyond Nassau and Suffolk counties! As such, we have changed our name and website toNew York Principals (www.newyorkprincipals.org).  Please bookmark this site now!
Some Updated Numbers:
·   Presently, 74% of Long Island Principals have signed this letter!
·   Over 654 New York State principals total have signed this letter. Support in Westchester and New York City has expanded tremendously.
·   Over 3250 educators, parents and concerned citizens have signed this letter.
·   You can always download the most recent version of the letter (with signatures) at www.newyorkprincipals.org
 
The New York Times
Ø  Be sure to check out today’s New York Times, as Mike Winerip has written a major article on the Open Letter and New York’s APPR efforts. You can find the article at: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/11/28/education/principals-protest-increased-use-of-test-scores-to-evaluate-educators.html?_r=1&ref=nyregion
 
What to do Now
1.      New York Principals: Help us reach even more principals! If your colleague's name does not appear as a signatory, reach out to him or her and ask for support!The New York Times article will give our efforts tremendous exposure.
2.      Get the website onto a listserv, email group or associate newsletter to help spread the word.
3.      Contact your local reporter regarding the letter.
4.      Contact your local Regent and legislator regarding the letter.
 
Understand the Issues
The New York Times article will prompt a lot of local media coverage — especially for principals in districts outside of Long Island. Be sure that you are prepared to speak to the issues raised in the article and in our open letter.
    Ø  As a reminder, we have ten major issues grouped in three areas of concern.
    Ø  We are not afraid of being evaluated or using properly designed student achievement metrics. In fact, our recommendations include the use of student achievement metrics.
    Ø  Many in SED will claim that our current system of evaluation is broken. Even if one accepts this view, it is unacceptable to try to repair the system with a system that is unproven, not based in research and against what we know works in schools. 
Thank you for all of your efforts! Please continue to make your voices heard!
Sean and Carol
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Sean C. Feeney, Ph.D.
Principal
The Wheatley School
11 Bacon Road
Old Westbury, NY  11568
516.333.7816
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