Contact Your NYS Representatives Today!

Now is the time to contact your state representatives and express your frustrations with Governor Cuomo’s education proposals woven into this year’s NYS budget.  Just to be clear, Cuomo’s vision for NY would have a direct impact on our local schools and a significant impact on your teaching and your student’s learning.  Under Cuomo’s plan:

  • 50% of a teacher’s rating would be based on state test scores. (Currently it is 20%).
  • 35% of a teacher’s rating would be based on the findings of an outside (out of district) “independent observer” who will conduct a one time visit to the classroom. (This has never been done before. Currently our principal and assistant principals’ observations count for 60% of a teacher’s evaluation).
  • 15% of a teacher’s rating would be based on observations by the principal or assistant principals. The very people who know our work best would have the least input into our evaluation.
  • 50% + 35% = 85% of teachers’ evaluations would be removed from the hands of our community and placed in the hands of the state.  This represents a nearly complete loss of local control of our schools.
  • Teachers would be subject to a 5 year probationary period before receiving tenure, and only after a teacher has received 5 consecutive years of effective or highly effective ratings on their evaluations. Have a tough class one year, end up with a developing rating? No tenure for you.

Cuomo has threatened to veto any budget proposal from the legislature that doesn’t include these changes.  He hasn’t even released the aid runs for school districts so superintendents and boards of education aren’t able to plan for next year. As it stands now, we will receive no increase in state aid leaving us with an $800K+ budget shortfall.

If you’ve written a letter to Cuomo and our state reps, thank you. If you haven’t, I urge you to take just a few minutes to write a letter today. But don’t stop with just one letter. The politicians in Albany need to hear from each and every one of you today, and tomorrow, and the next day, and every day until they pass the budget.  Don’t let the frustrations that were expressed early in this fight fade into the past.  Please keep our concerns as teachers and parents at the forefront.  Thank you.

Senator John A. DeFrancisco

District Office
333 East Washington Street
800 State Office Building
Syracuse, NY 13202
(315) 428-7632

Albany Office
416 Capitol
Albany, NY 12247
(518) 455-3511

District Office
Room 840
333 East Washington Street
Syracuse, NY 13202
315-428-9651

Albany Office
LOB 837
Albany, NY 12248
518-455-4826

Assemblyman Samuel D. Roberts

District Office
711 East Genesee Street, Suite 2
Syracuse, NY 13210-1540
315-449-9536

Albany Office
Capitol 510
Albany, NY 12248
518-455-5383

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