Here's the list:
- Adjust the APPR subcomponents to be 50 points on state tests and 50 points on Other Measures;
- Thirty-five points of Other Measures will be determined by independent evaluators;
- Have the state set the scoring bands for both student growth and observations;
- If a teacher is rated ineffective in either portion, then the total score cannot be effective or highly effective;
- Tenure granted when a teacher achieves five consecutive years of effective or highly effective ratings;
- Expedited hearings (maximum time of 60 days) extended to cases of accused physical or sexual abuse of a child. Teacher’s charged with abuse will be suspended without pay pending the outcome of the hearing. If a teacher is convicted of a violent felony against a child, he/she will automatically have his/her certification revoked;
- If a teacher receives two ineffective ratings in a row, the teacher would only be able to rebut this strong indication of incompetence by “clear and convincing evidence” that the calculation of one of the ratings was fraudulent;
- Eliminate the legal requirement that districts must attempt to “rehabilitate” teachers who are incompetent or engage in misconduct;
- Remove the requirement that children must testify in person. Allow them to testify via sworn written or video statements;
- A clarification of existing law that a non-tenured teacher may be dismissed at any time for any reason;
- A student cannot be assigned two ineffective teachers in consecutive school years;
- When a school is determined to be failing for three years, a non-profit, another school district, or a turnaround expert must take over the school. This is similar to the Massachusetts Model. New York has 178 “priority schools;”
- Students in failing schools will have additional options such as being provided with preference in the charter school lottery;
- Raise the charter school cap from 460 to 560 and make it statewide not restricted by region. New York City only has 24 charter applications remaining under its cap;
- Create an “anti-creaming” provision to ensure charter schools provide opportunities for high-needs populations;
- Pass the $100 million Education Tax Credit for public and private scholarships to promote choice in education;
- Pass the DREAM Act to allow the advancement of undocumented immigrants by enabling them to apply for TAP;
- Extend mayoral control of public schools in New York City for three years and consider applications from other cities;
- Maintain investment in statewide universal pre-K for four-year olds. Commit $365 million in funding for full-day programs for the 2015-2016 school year;
- Expand pre-K to three year olds in targeted high-needs districts. Allocate $25 million to support this program for children with the greatest needs;
- Launch the New York Youth Mentoring Commission chaired by Mrs. Matilda Cuomo, pro bono. It would create a cadre of mentors from the private sector and nonprofit partners to work with foster children, children in high-needs communities and other children in need; and
- If the legislature passes these “reforms,” the Governor will propose an increase in State aid of about 4.8 percent or $1.1 billion.
Here's the item that concerns me greatly:
If a teacher receives two ineffective ratings in a row, the teacher would only be able to rebut this strong indication of incompetence by “clear and convincing evidence” that the calculation of one of the ratings was fraudulent;
In short - two ineffective ratings in a row and you're gone.
There's no fighting an "ineffective rating" if Cuomo gets what he wants.
You'd have to prove "fraud" to get a rating overturned.
Now you and I know that the whole test regime in the state is fraudulent and that SED's calculation of the APPR test component based on those tests is fraudulent too - that's why they haven't been able to show cause for why Sheri Lederman received an "ineffective" rating on her test component last year in the case she has brought against the state.
But imagine having to prove the testing regime and NYSED's calculation of your test component was fraudulent in order to keep your job.
Or imagine having to prove that your observations were rigged in order to find you ineffective.
Good luck with that.
NYMuniBlog points out, the teachers unions have gone hard and heavy at the first couple of items on Cuomo's list - specifically the part that mandates 50% of a teacher's rating be based on test scores
But we haven't heard them go specifically at some of the other items lower on Cuomo's list - items like a teacher needing "clear and convincing" evidence that fraud has occurred in the calculation of part or all of her/his rating to have an ineffective rating overturned.
That may be part of Cuomo's strategy:
While the teachers unions focus their attention on derailing the first item on this comprehensive list, the remaining 21 concepts may make their way into the final budget with the appearance of being lower profile accomplishments. Increasing the test points as a component of APPR is not an effective educational concept, but it may be a very clever distractor. In reality, the placement of this controversial item on the top of the governor’s priority list may be the strategic sacrificial lamb the governor needs to achieve many of his actual and achievable education program priorities.
We'll know soon enough what's going to be done with Cuomo's education reform agenda.
The deadline for budget negotiations to end in time for an online budget is tonight.
Will "clear and convincing evidence of fraud to over turn an ineffective APPR rating" make it into law?