Executive Committee's Letter to Legislatures: Delink APPR from State School Aid Increases

May 19, 2016

On behalf of our 3,000 parents, teachers, administrators and community members, the Executive Committee of the Garden City PTA would like to thank you for your support of public education during the state’s budget process.  Restoring school aid lost to the Gap Elimination Adjustment will provide much-needed funds to districts across the state.

In March, the Executive Committee of the Garden City PTA asked our legislators to re-examine the Education Transformation Act of 2015 (APPR or 3012-d).  We joined a long list of education stakeholders who requested legislative action to delink state aid increases for 2015-16 and 2016-17 from school district compliance with 3012-d.  While these advocacy efforts were not successful during the state’s budget process, we will continue to advocate for changes to APPR through the end of this legislative session.

In April, the New York State Education Department (“SED”) presented a timeline for the future review and revision of 3012-d.  In response, the Board of Regents questioned why school districts must dedicate time, effort and money putting a new evaluation system into place now, when this review will likely result in more revisions as early as 2019-20.  Many legislators agree and have called for legislative action to repeal or suspend regulated compliance with 3012-d immediately.

Compliance with the state’s various APPR laws over the years and the SED’s interim provision led to an inefficient use of school districts’ limited resources, already constrained under the “2%” tax cap.  Rewrites and revisions to comply with yet another “temporary” APPR plan are not a prudent use of these resources or our taxpayer dollars.  We believe it is essential that we give SED a chance to get this right by removing state aid penalties until a more meaningful and effective evaluation plan is in place.

In agreement with the Education Conference Board, we call on the Legislature to authorize the following:

  • Allow districts to evaluate educators under approved 3012-c plans or approved 3012-d plans, at local option, until the end of the 2018-19 school year.
  • Allow districts to receive state aid increases in each year as long as they are implementing evaluations under one of the two aforementioned plans.
  • Allow districts that have approved 3012-d plans to revert to a 3012-c compliant plan, at local option.

We urge you to act before the legislative session ends. Thank you for your consideration.

The Executive Committee of the Garden City PTA

Executive Committee_APPR Letter_Hannon.pdf
Executive Committee_APPR Letter_Ra.pdf
Education Conference Board Memorandum