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Regents approve renewable APPR waivers

On Board Online • June 29, 2015

By Cathy Woodruff
Senior Writer

A divided Board of Regents has approved technical regulations that will provide the underpinning for the latest version of New York's teacher and principal evaluation system. The board also embraced a process for renewable waivers that could provide districts with an extra year of breathing room to complete new agreements.

The waiver process created by the Regents could become moot if the state Legislature votes to extend the deadline for implementing new Annual Professional Performance Review (APPR) plans. The Senate and Assembly had not acted on proposals as On Board went to press.

"We like the four-month waiver, but we would prefer that state lawmakers extend the statutory deadline without requiring districts to go through the waiver process in the first place," said NYSSBA Executive Director Timothy G. Kremer. "Even with the waivers, the system still contains a fatal flaw: direct linkage to state aid increases."

At a June 15 meeting, the 17-member Board of Regents spent hours debating highly technical aspects of recommendations from State Education Department staff. Counter-proposals were submitted by seven Regents: Kathleen Cashin of Brooklyn, Betty Rosa of the Bronx, Judith Chin of Queens, Catherine Collins of Buffalo, Judith Johnson of Rockland County, Beverly Ouderkirk of Morristown in the North Country and Josephine Finn of Sullivan County. All of the dissenters except Finn voted no on adopting the regulations.

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