December 6th, 2011.  The recent action taken by New York State principals is a great example of what can happen when the collective action of educators is focused on a single issue. The principals in New York State are setting a great example. Please take a few minutes to see what they have been doing.

~Don Bartalo, SOS Steering Committee

 Dear Friends:

You are receiving this message because you have indicated your support for the New York State Principals’ Open Letter Regarding the NYS APPR Legislation (www.newyorkprincipals.org). We thank you for your support and would like to provide you with an update on all that has happened since the New York Times published its article last Monday.

Some numbers to report:

·       Over 745 New York State principals have signed the letter: that’s over 16% of all principals in NYS!

·       We have nearly 4000 supporters now — teachers, supervisors, parents, superintendents and board members included!

·       Dr. Tom Sobol, former New York State Commissioner of Education, is one of our supporters!

Some Considerations:

Our paper has been the topic of conversation throughout our state and even our country! The paper was mentioned in a national conference for Social Studies teachers in DC this past weekend, and we have been contacted by organizations in several states looking to replicate our efforts. The New York State Commissioner of Education has been critical of the paper in several interviews as well. Please be reminded of a few important points as attention on the paper intensifies:

·       As educators, we have been and continue to be supportive of many of the initiatives that the New York State Department of Education has undertaken. We are strongly opposed to the APPR regulations because they are not based in research, they will change our schools for the worse, and they will cost too much during strained economic times.

·       As presently constructed, the APPR legislation is most harmful to students, schools and teachers. It is essential that supporters read the research links on www.newyorkprincipals.org in order to understand what makes it so harmful.

We need to continue to build support for our position! It is particularly important that we increase support upstate. Contact your local legislator!