Saturday, April 2, 2016

New York State Allies for Public Education Twitter Storm for Education!
Tonight 7-8 p.m. EST #SupptKaminskyBills  #SupptPaulinBill

BATs will be supporting NYSAPE's Twitter Storm tonight in support of several NYS education bills that will seek to undo the damage done by the Education Transformation Act!

Join NYSAPE and their 50 coalition partners on twitter TONIGHT from 7-8 p.m. EST
Tweet to #SupptKaminskyBills and we are adding #SupptPaulinBill

Here are summaries of the five bills introduced by
Assemblyman Todd Kaminsky and Assemblywoman Amy Paulin!

Kaminsky Bills
A09626- Immediately decouple teacher evaluations from test results and direct the Board of Regents to establish a committee to research and develop an alternate, research-based method for teacher evaluations, which will ensure that students and teachers both have better experiences in the classroom.
A09578 – Repeal State Takeover of Failing Schools and put the school reform process back in the hands of local educators, parents, and other stakeholders who are in the best position to understand the specific needs of the school district.
A09584 – Reduce testing by directing the Board of Regents to establish a committee to shorten the length of tests and find ways to increase their transparency. Additionally, tests would be given to students, parents and teachers so that they can be used to improve the manner in which teachers teach and students learn.
A09579 – Create an alternate pathway to graduation by establishing a Career and Practical Education (CPE) pathway to a high school diploma which would provide a valuable alternative for students who do not wish to take – or are unable to pass – the Regents exams. By teaching practical life skills and training students for a career, a CPE pathway will better prepare all New York students for a future following high school.
Paulin's Bill

A09461 - To provide a moratorium on the implementation of education law in
connection with apportionment of general support for public schools from
appropriated funds dependent on compliance by school districts with
requirements relating to annual teacher and principal evaluations, and
to provide procedures for school districts with respect to use of annual
professional performance review plans during the period in which the
moratorium is in effect.  

In plain English, Paulin's bill would remove the financial consequences to schools not
 going to a harsher evaluation plan that was already deemed problematic by the Governor’s own 
Common Core task force 

Please tweet to your NYS Lawmakers tonight from 7-8 p.m. EST - here they are on twitter.
Tell them to support these five bills!  #SupptKaminskyBills  #SupptPalinBill
 NYS SENATE on Twitter
Assembly/Senate/Parties on twitter

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