APPR not required in 2020-21
Last night, Governor Cuomo signed into law Chapter 112 of the Laws of 2021 - originally S.5576-C (Mayer)/A.6750-B (Benedetto). The law eliminates the requirement that school districts conduct APPR (annual professional performance reviews) for the current year (2020-21), and updates tenure statute to comply with such elimination. As a reminder, APPR requirements were also eliminated for the 2019-20 school year. Due to the unique challenges teachers and principals faced during a school year of remote or hybrid learning, and a plethora of brand new health and safety guidelines, NYSSBA supported the cancellation of APPR for a second consecutive year.
A chapter amendment for the aforementioned law, S.7189 (Mayer)/A.8020 (Benedetto), was introduced on June 4th and has quickly advanced in both Houses. The amendment clarifies that the superintendent of a district has ultimate authority over tenure decisions. We anticipate this bill to pass both Houses this week and for the Governor to sign the legislation.
NYSSBA's Governmental Relations team will continue to report on these and other issues. For more information, visit our Key Issues Page