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  • Letter to Parents about Testing We have prepared a new letter that aims to communicate the concerns that principals across New York State have regarding the recent changes in testing in New York State. Please ...
    Posted Oct 27, 2013, 12:17 PM by Sean Feeney
  • Updated APPR Letter Posted Updated APPR Letter (finally!) with Signatories!
    Posted Oct 3, 2013, 8:09 PM by Sean Feeney
  • Updated APPR Letter with Signatories An updated letter with signatories has been posted to the site. It is available below or in the Documents section. We now have 1539 New York State principal signatories (that ...
    Posted Mar 14, 2013, 5:53 PM by Sean Feeney
  • Updated APPR Letter with Signatories An updated letter with signatories has been posted to the site. It is available below or in the Documents section. We now have 1536 New York State principal signatories (that ...
    Posted Mar 2, 2013, 11:12 AM by Sean Feeney
  • More than a Number More than a Number: How State Testing is Affecting the Educational and Emotional Health of our StudentsApril 10th, Hofstra University Adams Playhouse, 7:00 pm Join a panel discussion ...
    Posted Mar 14, 2013, 6:22 PM by Sean Feeney
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Join over 1,550 principals and over 6,500 other educators
and concerned citizens across New York State
and our country
who support our efforts to stop harmful educational practices
that are not based in research!
Everyone is welcome to support the paper!

Across New York State, there is growing concern about the direction being taken by the State Education Department. In breathtaking speed, Education officials have made sweeping changes to how our schools operate, how our teachers and principals are evaluated and how our students are assessed.

As building principals, we applaud efforts aimed towards excellence for all of our students. We cannot, however, stand by while untested practices are put in place without any meaningful discussion or proven research. This is why we have prepared an Open Letter of Concern Regarding New York State's APPR Legislation for the Evaluation of Teachers and Principals. Written by two high school Principals — Dr. Sean C. Feeney and Dr. Carol C. Burris — this paper was reviewed and edited by Elementary, Middle School and High School principals. Although this letter had its origins in Long Island, the concerns expressed are shared by educators across New York.  In a very clear manner, this letter states why everyone who cares about schools should be concerned about New York's APPR Legislation. The letter also articulates a better path forward for our schools and students.

Visit the links on the side to read the paper, support the paper and read the research behind the paper. The key to change is to make your voice heard! Be sure to contact your local legislators in order to express your concerns about the APPR legislation.

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