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Thursday, December 6, 2012

APPR due to NYS January 17, 2013

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. 

37 comments:

DAD at HMS said...

He is trying to pull a fast one

Anonymous said...

Concerned: Can you please post about the various legal actions and give a status report? I feel like I need a scorecard to keep it all straight.

Anonymous said...

Time is trickling down and we have no approved plan. Appr Never put to a vote. It is interesting, the Bflo News yesterday letters to the editor an educator spelled out all our fears. Tenure is over basically. A career teacher of 25 years could be given the boot, simply because she may have a group of students that are all poor test takers, or come from a home environment that doesn't value education. I can clearly see now why the City of Bflo teachers are holding out. Their careers are on the line.

concerned parent said...

Sick of so much time used for my kids being grilled for these tests. School is becoming not interesting any more. Kids are complaining especially mine

Anonymous said...

Pleas publish what was sent to the state ed. Was it an expired pilot project?

tricky stevie said...

Shifty & not above board is how most of us view him. He is a loop whole type of supt. Not trusted

way too far said...

Would you expect anything less from Steve Achramovitch? We could lose the $700,000. because he is playing games with the State of NY. Let me get this straight another financial blooper for the district. We have to pay back Matt Dils $1.3 MILLION BLOPPER, now add the $700,000. if Achramo gets caught. THis is way too much

teacher said...

OMG

a lot of concern should be given said...

Can an expired APPR pilot project be acceptable to the State? If this is rejected by the State it will be to late to submit an approved APPR agreement. The administration will have another black eye regarding loss of revenue.

get this one right, please said...

Just let the State hold back more $$$
we will be sent to the poor house. If or when this happens the administration needs to go starting with the Supt. Enough of his double talk and shifty ways. Why can't he do things above board(honestly) and not play tricks with tax dollars. This is a gamble we should not be taking, this is straight forward no hidden message here. Achramovitch get this one right.

teacher & parent said...

Thank you for the information;

I am concerned three fold.

1. and most important, I am a parent and this is for my children

2. I am a teacher in the district

3. I am a taxpayer.

and we vote, losing State money is not acceptable.

Anonymous said...

WTF is all we can express right now.

Anonymous said...

There are 98 School Districts in WNY, therefore there are 98 Superintendents. Acromo is ranked 10th in salary, out of 98 Superintendents.

Anonymous said...

I do not understand what the hold up is. There should be no one in the dark on this. While it is not a well thought out policy on the state end, it doesn't pit the district against the teachers. In fact they should all be on the same page. If the teachers sink, the district does also b/c it opens them up to a state takeover. In my district the process has been very transparent (for the most part) We have known from day 1 what our growth goal needs to be and what percentages we need to show growth. The kicker in this is it's not about the kids just being proficient, its about them growing. So a kid scoring top marks needs to show growth for the teacher / school to be successful. Why have SLOs and pretests been done when the teachers don't even have the basic facts about what they are supposed to be achieving? Have they had training on the rubrics being used to evaluate them and their SLOs? Why are we doing everything backwards? In the end my kids are the one who are going to suffer. Where is the union on this? I blame both the district and the HTA is we lose money. The district for not being transparent, and the HTA for not being more forceful.

Anonymous said...

To 10:24
Teachers should be learning about SLOs on EngageNY all by themselves. They are educated enough to watch a webinar or read about it all. Why is it always someone else's fault that they weren't "trained"? It is their professional responsibility. Shame on them all.

Anonymous said...

Kudos anonymous 12/9 10/24/am

you nailed it everyone suffers.

I will hold the Board President and the Supt. responsible for this one. As for Mr. Dils that is another matter, he apparently has no time to be a check and balance on the supt.

observer said...

NYState Ed is aware as to what is happening here.

Anonymous said...

To 10:39 the state keeps changing the rules of the game on the slos. The state just finished and published the rubric, after the teachers wrote their slos. Learn what your talking about.

Anonymous said...

So does this mean Steve is lying? Shock of the century. He lied on the taper caper too....lets see how he handles this undernoath

Anonymous said...

wtf

we are going to be screwed again by the. No approved plan

Anonymous said...

To 10:39

SLOs criteria are different in every district. (including who has to write them )Before they are written, the teachers should know what their individual district is required to do. That means an agreement needs to be agreed upon. Right now Hamburg has Nada. So watching a generic webinar really doesn't do much. So much for state consolidation.

Anonymous said...

I truly believe that te district should educate the public on this new state law. Its confusing to those of us in education, I can't imagine how insane it seems to those who aren't.

9th grade mom said...

mike gallaher keeping dangerous kids in the in school susension room. My daughter told me today. Get rid of Mr. Gallaher.

Anonymous said...

Lets see, if we lose $700,000 plus or minus, we could get rid of 3 or 4 administrators to make up the difference. They serve no purpose in the classroom experience. This is our solution for the Supt. playing tricks with our education system here in Hamburg.

Anonymous said...

This should be our last straw. Support this dishonest plan and all need to go. No approval from our Union and that is clear.

concerned said...

Is it worth taking the risk of the State finding out that we don't have an approved plan? This district needs to get it right. No excuses accepted if we lose anymore money to our impoverished school district.

Anonymous said...

please fix the blog with recent comments front & center as before.

Thanks a fan

Anonymous said...

BOCES take over or CHARTER SCHOOLS: direction this district is heading.

Exactly in the direction towards BOCES is where Steve Achramovitch is steering our school district.
Parents & teachers

Concerned Hamburger said...

The blogger program no longer lets us publish recent comments on the front page. Sorry for the inconvenience.

G.FT said...

Why doesnt the bOE fire Steve. He is a shifty guy. I am a teacher, and he is detested by all the teachers..even the nice sweet el ed teachers are starting to see his spots. Joan, we hope you can sleep at night after what you have done to your alma mater. Shameful woman

Anonymous said...

See what happens when you cut the assistant superintendent position? No one knows how to bring it together and you lose enough money to pay for 14 positions! Think before you cut.

Anonymous said...

See what happens when you cut the assistant superintendent position? No one knows how to bring it together and you lose enough money to pay for 14 positions! Think before you cut.

Alumn...angry and tire of the lies said...

My senior year at Hamburg--- 1. scrap booking in English- a personal memory book of my 17 years of life that are really no interesting to me or anyone else. 2. A social studies teacher who thinks having economics students writing songs some way teaches us Economics. We all learned at the end of our freshman year of college, we got ripped off. 3. PIG....maybe the school does not want us to learn about our government, but we sure learned to be polite during a bunch of bullcrap. 4. Leave school whenever, to go smoke the hurley gurley, or get a coffee at Tims. HHS...the place where we all got high and drunk and came to the proms and dances. Why? Well, does anyone give a crap ass about our education? Its one big joke and a bunch of loser teachers who should be working at the gas station pumping gas. As from Gallager, what a joke. We are learning to make up what we never learned....Thanks Hamburg.

observer said...

Concerned should be concerned;

We were digging into financial waste by the privious sb.

look at what happened in the SACRAMENTO SCHOOLS this Sept.
ENERGY EDUCATION sued the school district for refusing to make addidional payments to ENERGY ED.. The school districts reason for stopping payments. In the Sacramento Bee

as reported here.

prior to the "non-disparagement covenant" agreement district officals disputed the effectiveness of the energy educations program "because of the organization's inability to verify claims of energy savings" " it was never put out to public bid as required by law".

This is all familiar, same occured here in HAMBURG SCHOOL DISTICT. To add to this just coincidently Steve Achramovitch's former School District GREECE release energy education because of cost. Steve dragged them into Energy education there also. One of his first moves here in Hamburg, you guessed it he brought in ENERBY EDUCATION. Guess who give the publicity awards for energy savings, you got it ENERGY EDUCATION. They give the awards to themselves.

All is pointing to Steve Achramovitch with no bid contracts with individuals he is familiar with. We cannot affort anymore of his familiar partners. We are beginning to see a pattern here.

Steve,
a friendly reminder it is illegal to receive gifts.



by line in SACRAMENTS BEE Sept. 16th 2012
ENERGY Ed. Inc. settlement costs Sacraments school district $700,000-plus

Anonymous said...

Sue achramo for wasting taxpayers dollars to sue Sally and two others. The liars will be dragged into a counter suit that will bankrupt the districts. We learned that Steve is going to get sued so are the other plaintiffs....tommy bagley....the crooked finance guy. A whopper is coming

observer said...

Achramo's friends and family plan.

Watch if Achramo didn't bring you to Hamburg and you are not tenured he will grant you tenure. He will be giving you the boot. He is taking care of those he is told to. Start building your support now. This is how he operates.

Euclid Charlotte Kid said...

I am a senior and I think that Hamburg is a joke. We are learning how to make a movie in Economics class, me and my friends skipp all the time. Its a joke. We are all taking about this blog....