Concerned is Concerned
We were recently emailed by a teacher who claimed to serve on the committee that is preparing the Annual Professional Performance Review(APPR)for teachers. By law, teacher evaluations must be negotiated between the District and the teachers union. Hence, the committee to prepare APPR. This person claimed that last year, Hamburg Teachers approved a "pilot" APPR plan that was in effect for one year and expired in June 2012.
Developing and negotiating a performance evaluation that is fair to all teachers and the district is a daunting task. We imagine it would take hours and hours of time and commitment to develop a fair and honest evaluation scheme.
Time is ticking toward January 17, 2013, and still no agreement.
We understand that the teachers on the committee have requested time out of their classrooms so they can meet and earnestly evaluate the APPR model which needs to go to all the teachers for ratification.
Unfortunately, despite the importance of getting the agreement ratified and submitted to New York State Education (NYSED) by January 17, 2013, Mr. Achramovitch denied the teachers request. Instead, Mr. Achramovitch told the committee and the information was relayed to all the teachers in Hamburg that he sent in the old- expired APPR plan to NYSED.
Yes, that is right, the Superintendent sent an APPR plan to NYSED without having it ratified by the teachers, as required by law.
Concerned ponders if this is somehow Mr. Achramovitch's way to get around the negotiation process which is required by law.
And, besides, Hamburg Teachers always approved any issue that comes before them for a vote.
As our readers may know, NYSED has threatened to withhold any increases in school aid for 2013-14 if the APPR is not agreed upon, ratified and submitted by January 17, 2013. It was reported that Hamburg Central Schools increase in State Aid for 2013-14 school year is somewhere around $700,000.
So, what is the Superintendent up to?
Why did he send the old expired APPR in to NYSED?
Perhaps his hope is that NYSED would not notice that the APPR had not been ratified on the date that the document was submitted.
Something is fishy.