There has been talk and more talk about APPR, and why it failed in Hamburg.
Most people understand that the teachers in Hamburg are great and are not afraid to be evaluated. Heck, as we have learned, Hamburg teachers have been evaluated for years under an award winning model of teacher observation and evaluation called- HEMIO.
As most are aware, with the exception of the majority of the Board of Education, APPR failed because teachers do not trust Steven Achramovitch (duh!) and Joan Calkins. And, the teachers were irate when they learned one of their own, Colleen Kaney, made threats to staff members about their jobs.
The teachers voted down APPR overwhelmingly, and will likely do so again, if the Board of Education fails to see Steve as the culprit.
It dawned on Concerned Hamburger upon reflection on the "fairness" of this mess to the children of New York State, and it seems that Andrew Cuomo, Commissioner King and NYSED is violating our NYS Constitution by failing to provide a sound basic education to our children.
But as we have all learned, Andrew Cuomo doesn't take much concern when trampling on our rights that are enshrined in both the U.S. and NYS Constitutions.
New York State Constitution
Section 1. The legislature shall provide for the maintenance and support of a system of free common schools, wherein all the children of this state may be educated. (Formerly §1 of Art. 9. Renumbered by Constitutional Convention of 1938 and approved by vote of the people November 8, 1938.)
Further research reveals that many NYC area parents, on behalf of their children, are suing Gov. Cuomo, Commissioner King and the NYS Education Department for failing to provide a sound basic education, and for violating the equal protection clause.
Surely, children in Hamburg deserve the same education as children in Hornell, Frontier and PennYan.
Isn't NYS violating the rights of the children of Hamburg by holding school funding hostage?
The Board of Education fails to see, that until Steve Achramovitch is fired for a myriad of bad decisions and lies, APPR will never pass.
Concerned asks that all readers view the lawsuit filed by the parents in the NYC Metro area (link below), and that the parents of Hamburg file a similar lawsuit against Cuomo, King and NYSED.
But, also, the parents of Hamburg should file a lawsuit against the Hamburg Board of Education for failing to removed the biggest impediment to your child's education- Steven Achramovitch.
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