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Blind Brook School Board Rejects State Plan

RYE BROOK, N.Y. -- The Blind Brook School District Board of Education voted unanimously against adopting the state-mandated Annual Professional Performance Review Plan at its regular meeting Friday. "The whole framework of this plan is a farce," said board member Steven Kaplan.

The New York State Education Department drafted the APPR Plan to set out rubrics for evaluating performance of teachers and principals throughout the state. The school board rejected the plan after agreeing that it would not serve the best interests of the district.

The new evaluation system would require training of designated evaluators, which Kaplan took particular issue with, saying he felt the training was flawed and could result in teachers and principals receiving evaluations that are unreflective of their effectiveness and experience. "I emphatically second everything Mr. Kaplan has just said," added board member Jeffrey Diamond. How the state will respond to the rejection of the plan has yet to be determined.

"It's a challenge to the state," said Kaplan of his "No" vote. "It's sending a message."

For more information about the APPR Plan, visit the State Education Department's website at http://usny.nysed.gov/rttt/teachers-leaders/practicerubrics/

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