Monday, May 16, 2022
On Friday, May 13, New York State Governor Kathy Hochul signed into law a bill passed in the state Assembly and state Senate that would suspend for this school year, 2021-22, the Annual Professional Performance Review (APPR) process. The essential text from the bill – state Senate bill S08276-A and state Assembly bill A09600 - reads as follows:
The signing of this bill by Governor Hochul was a result in no small part to the grassroots advocacy of NYSUT members and lobbying by members of the NYSUT legislative staff to secure passage of the bill in both houses of the state legislature.
This APPR reprieve represents yet another example of our union VOTE/COPE contributions paying dividends for all of us.
Speaking about the passage of the legislation, NYSUT President Andy Pallotta said, “As we come to the end of another school year that has been anything but normal, we welcome the governor’s decision to suspend the APPR process for another year.” “We will continue working with the legislature and the governor to address the APPR process.”
In addition to suspending the APPR process for this school year, the law makes an exception for individuals who did not receive an annual performance review rating during the 2019-2020, 2020-2021 and the 2021-2022 school years to receive tenure if the individual would have been qualified if they had received such performance review.
Earlier this month, NYSUT members ran a successful advocacy campaign through the Member Action Center to encourage members of the Assembly to act on this crucial legislation. If you are not yet a part of the NYSUT Member Action Center, you can learn about this important advocacy work and the app you can download on your phone to take part in NYSUT member actions by clicking on the link below.