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Hamburg School Board, union approve APPR

The Annual Professional Performance Review plan re-submitted by Hamburg Central School District officials has been approved overwhelmingly by the Hamburg Teachers Association.

It was announced at Friday morning’s (April 19) special meeting of the Hamburg Central School Board that on Thursday (April 18) HTA members voted 220-51 to approve the APPR plan. It had been previously stated by district officials that the deadline to submit an approved APPR for 2013-14 to the New York State Department of Education is Sept.1. The agreement comes about three months after the HTA had overwhelmingly rejected an APPR plan, voting the item down by about a 73-percent ratio, before the stated Jan. 17 deadline for plan submission to the state. It was stated that the district stood to lose about $450,000 in state aid immediately for the current academic year’s budgeted March pay period as part of 2012-13.

However, the $450,000 in state aid was subsequently restored to the district following a related lawsuit filed in New York City, another district in which the APPR plan was not approved by its teachers before the Jan. 17 deadline. It was stated recently that state aid is not associated any more with the APPR plan submission. It was also said previously that APPR parameters include student learning objectives through given assessments and curriculum, to go along with student achievement data gathering and reporting.

Hamburg had been one of just four districts in New York State not to come to an agreement on the APPR in January. It had been stated that if the four districts did not have a new plan in place by May 8, the state education commissioner would serve as an arbitrator and impose a plan. It was also said that Hamburg’s new APPR plan would immediately be sent to the state Department of Education.

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