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25 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 ( We thank you for your support and would like to provide you with an update on our recent activities

The Numbers

As of today, over 1,452 principals in New York State signed our letter. This amounts to over 32% of the principals in New York State. Additionally, nearly 5,000  friends have voiced their support for our positions. Thank you to all who have taken this stand. Please encourage your colleagues to support our APPR Paper

A Wrecking Ball of Reform

Earlier this week, we released an Open Letter to the Board of Regents regarding high stakes testing. You can view a copy of the letter on the Washington Post’s Answer Sheet:  You can sign your support for this letter on our website:

A Rally against APPR in Buffalo

If you are in the area, please consider supporting a rally against APPR @ NYSUT Representative Assembly Conference. The Rally will take place Thursday, 26 April at 5:00 pm at the Buffalo Convention Center (153 Franklin Street, Buffalo, NY  14202). Organized by the Lancaster County Teachers Association, this is not a protest against NUSUT, but rather a show of solidarity against the APPR. For more information, visit

New York State Testing Surveys

Our testing surveys have received tremendous responses, with over 10,000 people completing one of the three surveys. One survey is for teachers of students in grades 3 through 8 in any public school in New York State. (If you have students in multiple grades, and feel that the experience varies from grade to grade, feel free to fill it out once for each grade that you teach.) Another survey is for parents of students in grades 3 through 8. If you fit into both of these categories, please complete the survey. A separate survey has been sent to randomly selected principals throughout New York State. Now that the mathematics exam is underway, be sure to send it to math teachers!

We ask the following:

1.    Complete the survey(s) based upon your experience this year, Respond no later than Tuesday, May 1, 2012. We will produce a press release with our findings.

2.    Forward the survey(s) to any teacher or parent who is involved in the ELA or Math tests in grades 3 through 8. Contact your local parent organizations and enlist their support.

You can access the surveys through the following links:

·        Survey for teachers:


·        Survey for parents:

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


Sean and Carol




Sean C. Feeney, Ph.D.


The Wheatley School

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Old Westbury, NY  11568

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