To SOS Supporters From Don Bartalo

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 ( 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 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!

0 thoughts on “To SOS Supporters From Don Bartalo

  1. sherry leader

    This is in regards to the help my county needs for our schools in Garrett County Maryland.

    Over the next 5 years our county, Garrett County Maryland is cutting

    $4,018,036 from our schools. I have attached the 5 year plan our county is proposing.

    The Garrett County Board of Education is proposing the close of Dennett Road Elementary School. They plan to move Pre-K to Fourth graders to other elementary schools in the county and put our 5th graders into the middle school. This will mean bigger class sizes, loss of jobs, and a lot of disruption to our kids.
    With Dennett Road being the second biggest elementary school in the county and the Special Education center for the Southern end of the county, we should not be subject to closure.

    We have started a petition. Wrote all our representatives, but it seems no one will help us. The cuts are so drastic to our schools system. Education should be a priority but this has not been the case.

    No one seems to care about our small county in Maryland. Please help! Or give advice on what to do. I feel we could come up with the funding other ways, rather than cut from our schools.



    99 Harley Lane
    OAKLAND, Maryland 21550

    • Stephen Stollmack

      I posted your note on the Occupy the Maryland State House Facebook page. You might want to go online and check for another Occupy movement near to Garret County. Just Google Maryland Occupy to find all the connections

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