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3 April 2012

Dear Friends:

You are receiving this message because you have indicated your support for the New York State Principals' Open Letter Regarding the NYS APPR Legislation (http://www.newyorkprincipals.org/). We thank you for your support and would like to provide you with an update on activities of the past few weeks. As always, the most recent version of the APPR Position paper (with all signatures) is available at: http://www.newyorkprincipals.org/appr-paper. Given that the paper with signatures is over 125 pages long, we have also created a separate link for the four-page paper alone.

The Numbers

As of the end of March, over 1,430 principals in New York State signed our letter. This amounts to over 31% of the principals in New York State. Additionally, over 4,840  friends have voiced their support for our positions. Thank you to all who have taken this stand.

Our Work Continues!

Sadly, the Legislature overwhelmingly approved the Governor’s APPR recommendation. That vote took place late at night over two weeks ago, after some brazen political maneuvering on the part of the Governor and legislators.

How did your State Representative vote?

You can view the APPR votes of all New York State Senators through the following link: http://open.nysenate.gov/legislation/bill/S6732-2011

To view how your Assembly person voted, go to this link:

 http://www.nyassembly.gov/leg/?sh=vote and enter the bill number S06732

Please contact your legislator and express your opinion about his or her vote! Those who opposed the bill must hear from us in support of their stand! Those who supported the bill must hear our displeasure!

As a reminder, we continue to propose the following three modifications to the law:

1.       Apply the confidentiality provisions of Civil Rights Law §50-a to teachers and principals. This would prevent evaluation scores from being released to the public.

2.       Adjust the scoring ranges so that the 40% attributed to test scores cannot be the deciding factor in an educator’s evaluation.  

3.       Pilot the NYS APPR system for effectiveness before full implementation.

Remember, you can find contact information for your local legislator through the following link:

http://www.newyorkprincipals.org/legislators

 

Who Else is Taking a Stand?

Fortunately, there are other organizations who are standing up for our students and schools. Please consider visiting some of the sites below and expressing your support:

 

Lancaster Central Teachers Association Petition

Eric Przykuta, President of the Lancaster Central Teachers Association, has been very vocal in his criticism of New York State’s APPR Legislation and NYSUT’s support of the legislation. Please consider visiting their homepage and signing their online petition: http://lancasterteachers.com/

United Opt Out National

United Opt Out National is a growing movement of parents, educators and students opposed to high stakes testing in schools. They are preparing an Occupy DOE in Washington, DC. Visit their site through the following link: http://unitedoptout.com/

Chigacoland Reasearchers and Advocates for Transformative Education (CReATE)

Nearly 100 professors and researchers have signed an open letter to Mayor Emanuel and the Chicago Public Schools regarding the use of test scores to evaluate teachers and principals. Clearly, our work in New York has rippled out to other areas. If you are in doubt, take a look at their letter: http://createchicago.blogspot.com/2012/03/misconceptions-and-realities-about.html


In Long Island, we are preparing for a break from school this coming week. For those of you celebrating the holidays, we wish you a peaceful time with your families and loved ones. As discouraging as this can be at time, we must continue to make our voices heard!


Thank you for your courage to stand up for our students and schools.

Sean and Carol

 

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Sean C. Feeney, Ph.D.

Principal

The Wheatley School

11 Bacon Road

Old Westbury, NY  11568

Follow my blog at http://www.thewheatleyway.org

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