Tonawanda News

March 2, 2013

Poll: school boards support APPR

Staff Reports
The Tonawanda News

Tonawanda News — A recent poll of New York school board members indicates that the majority of respondents support the Annual Professional Performance Review, and believe the state should impose a review plan on a district that does not submit its plan by the deadline. 

“School board members recognize the importance of having an effective evaluation system in place for teachers and principals,” said New York State School Boards Association Executive Director Timothy G. Kremer. “At the same time, they know full well the challenges involved in negotiating evaluation plans and believe there should be some default mechanism in place for districts that do not reach agreement.”

The poll comes as lawmakers decide whether or not to impose a plan in districts, like New York City and Hamburg, that don’t come up with their own plan by the deadline. 

More than one-third, or 35 percent, of respondents said the state should not impose its own evaluation system, while 8 percent were not sure.

The poll also showed board members’ support for a hike in minimum wage, even though districts may experience a financial burden as a result.

Sixty-one percent support raising the minimum wage, while 32 percent oppose and 7 percent were not sure.

A narrow majority, 51 percent, support the opening of four state casinos to help fund public education. Under Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s executive budget, 90 percent of revenue generated from casinos would go to public schools. 

Thirty-nine percent of respondents opposed the idea and 10 percent were unsure about the proposal. 

Kremer did issue a warning, however, in relation to using casino funds for education purposes. 

“If casinos become a reality in New York, revenue generated to support public education must be used as a supplement – not a substitute – for current education funding,” he said.