Ed Chair Proposes Delinking School Aid and Educator Evaluations

Under revisions enacted to the Annual Professional Performance Review (APPR) law in 2015, school districts face the loss of two years of state aid if they are unable to negotiate revised evaluation plans with their teacher and principal unions and gain approval for those plans from the State Education Department by September 1.

Assemblywoman Nolan’s proposal (A. 10569) would permit districts to retain eligibility for School Aid increases through 2018-19 so long as they continue to conduct educator evaluations using a plan approved by the State Education Department under either the 2015 statute (Education Law section 3012-d), or the prior law (§3012-c).

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The bill summary reads as follows:

A10569 Summary:

BILL NO A10569
COSPNSR Heastie, Morelle, Farrell, Russell, Brindisi, Abbate, Abinanti, Arroyo, Aubry, Barrett, Barron, Benedetto, Bichotte, Blake, Brennan, Bronson, Buchwald, Cahill, Cancel, Ceretto, Colton, Cook, Crespo, Cusick, Cymbrowitz, DenDekker, Dilan, Dinowitz, Englebright, Fahy, Galef, Gantt, Gjonaj, Glick, Gottfried, Gunther, Harris, Hooper, Hunter, Hyndman, Jaffee, Jean-Pierre, Joyner, Kearns, Lavine, Lentol, Lifton, Linares, Lupardo, Magee, Markey, McDonald, Miller, Mosley, Moya, Ortiz, Otis, Paulin, Peoples-Stokes, Perry, Pichardo, Pretlow, Quart, Ramos, Richardson, Rivera, Robinson, Rodriguez, Rosenthal, Rozic, Ryan, Santabarbara, Seawright, Simanowitz, Simon, Simotas, Skartados, Skoufis, Solages, Steck, Stirpe, Thiele, Titone, Titus, Walker, Weinstein, Weprin, Williams, Woerner, Wright, Zebrowski
Provides that prior to the 2019-2020 school year, a school district shall not be subject to a withholding of yearly increases in general support for public schools from funds appropriated from the amount payable in the base year based upon the failure of such school district to fully implement the standards and procedures for conducting annual teacher and principal evaluations of teachers and principals in accordance with the requirements of section 3012-d of the education law provided that such school district that has not yet fully implemented the requirements of section 3012-d of the education law has fully implemented, or fully implements, an annual professional performance review for teachers and principals in accordance with the requirements of section 3012-c of the education law by September first of each respective year, commencing with September 1, 2015.

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