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    6 Sept 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 since the end of the 2011-12 school year. 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 140 pages long, we have also created a separate link for the four-page paper alone.
    As of the beginning of this new school year, over 1500 New York State principals have signed the letter: that's nearly one-third of all principals in NYS! We have over 5800 total supporters right now. Be sure to check out our website for the most current information.
    Our Work Continues
    In the face of everything we understand about improving schools and evaluating teachers, New York State is moving ahead with its "reform" agenda. We will continue to speak out and inform the public of what is happening. It is critical that we all continue to move forward and remember the importance of preserving what works in our schools as we all search to provide the best opportunities for all of our students. 
    Some articles to Review:
    1) Washington Post Answer Sheet
    2) Barbara Madeloni and Academic Freedom
    Professor Madeloni was released from University of Massachusetts shortly after a New York Times article appeared highlighting her students' resistance to Pearson's field test. You can read the NYT article through this link. You can view a petition to rehire Professor Madeloni through this link:http://www.change.org/petitions/university-of-massachusetts-at-amherst-rehire-professor-madeloni-and-protect-academic-freedom-2

    3) Relationship Between Test Scores and Employment
    Hank Levin of Teachers College is an economist and educational researcher. He recently released an important paper on the relationship between test scores and employment. It is very important:

    http://roundtheinkwell.files.wordpress.com/2012/09/more-than-just-test-scores-sept2012-2.pdf


    4) Georgia Professors Blast Teacher Evaluation System
    It seems that New York Principals are not the only folks speaking out these days against unsound educational practices!
    http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/answer-sheet/post/georgia-professors-blast-teacher-evaluation-system/2012/07/09/gJQAFhSbZW_blog.html

    5) New York Education Commission
    Governor Cuomo established an Education Commission to review all aspects of New York State schools. You can view the commission members and a schedule of upcoming pubic meetings through this link:
     http://www.governor.ny.gov/puttingstudentsfirst

    We wish you a terrific start to this new school year!

    Sean and Carol


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    scfeeney@newyorkprincipals.org

    Principal, The Wheatley School
    Old Westbury, NY  11568
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