The following updated position statement was sent to all legislators on March 25 in response to current budget discussions –
SAANYS opposes delay of state aid increases until June.
- WHY should schools and students be penalized by the postponement of state aid?
- School budgets will be voted on in May – will districts know their allocation?
SAANYS opposes the establishment of a commission with binding decision making authority.
SAANYS supports the completion of an independent evaluation of the state APPR system and the establishment of a subsequent advisory committee, including educators, to consider the analysis and recommend appropriate revisions of the state system.
- No meaningful, substantive review of the APPR system can be completed by June 2015.
- The commission’s work should NOT be a condition for the release of state aid.
SAANYS opposes adding weight to the state growth model.
- The calculation of scores is NOT transparent.
- Scores have NOT been proven to accurately evaluate teachers and principals.
- Do NOT increase reliance upon standardized tests.
SAANYS opposes reduction of Other Measures weighting and assignment of external reviewers.
- This aspect of the APPR system works – do NOT break it!
- Requiring external reviewers adds costs and burden; and reduces effectiveness.
SAANYS opposes the reduction of due process rights and increasing tenure to four or five years.
- Expedited hearings should NOT devolve to become kangaroo courts.
- Probationary periods may NOW be extended beyond three years.