There have been many comments regarding the $450,000 Cuomo and King threatened to withhold from the children of Hamburg if the teachers in Hamburg did not vote affirmatively on an APPR agreement. As was reported here, a group of parents in the New York City metro area filed a lawsuit in NYS Supreme Court against NYS Gov. Cuomo and NYS Education Commissioner King regarding the proposed withheld monies from the NYC schools as those teachers did not strike a deal in the black mail funding scheme put forth by the crooks in Albany. ( Aristy-Farer v. State of New York).
New York City teachers and students were in the same boat as the Hamburg teachers and students. Neither school districts reached an APPR agreement, and therefore faced the possibility of losing education funding for the current- 2012-13 school year. A brave group of parents took on the issue and filed a claim in NYS Supreme Court. All court documents related to this case are available by clicking the link below. The parents prevailed in the case, and an injunction was granted to prevent the State from withholding aid payments due to the lack of an APPR agreement. The actions of these brave parents positively impacted Hamburg, as the outcome of the case paved the way for Hamburg to receive full state aid payments- notably the $450,000.
All the court documents in this matter are available by clicking this link
It has also been reported that Cuomo, King et.al have filed an appeal against the decision made in Aristy-Farer v. State of New York challenging the injunction granted by Justice Mendez. In the meanwhile, Hamburg got its $450,000 and it appears moving forward that the State will be prevented from threatening the loss of educational aid if the teachers chose collectively to thumb their noses at APPR, Cuomo and King.
According to reports, the Hamburg teachers will have another go around with APPR later this month, and it remains unseen if they will take the same stance on the proposed agreement. Nothing has changed much in Hamburg since the last time the teachers voted earlier this year.
As it was widely reported, the teachers do not trust Steven Achramovitch, and he remains at the helm for at least the next few days, months, years? Joan Calkins, the second most distrusted person in Hamburg after Achramovitch remains detested and as dull as a butter knife. Joan's one year term is up for re-election in May, and her time may be better spent diagnosing the flu and checking the kiddies for lice than continuing her disastrous attempt at school work. Joan is a perfect case study for how difficult school work really is,even with her Vassar and John Hopkins degrees she can't quite get her mind around the fundamentals of public service and serving the public good.
Many have claimed that until these two have been dispatched from the district, nothing will change. If either had a heart or a mind they would willingly set off to greener pastures, and allow the school district, the kids and the teachers to reach their full potential.
And then there are teachers who not only distrust Steve and Joan, but also have a philosophical disconnect with APPR, and the heavy student testing premise on which it is built. Kids are tested too much, and this just does not sit well with many teachers.
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