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From the Office of Assemblymember Amy Paulin: Legislation to Give Control of Teacher Evaluations Back to Local School Districts PDF Print Email

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From the Office of Amy Paulin, Assemblymember, District 88, New York State Assembly


Editor's note
:  Assemblymember Amy Paulin represents the 88th New York State Assembly District, which includes Scarsdale, Eastchester, Tuckahoe, Bronxville, Pelham, Pelham Manor, and parts of New Rochelle and White Plains.


May 9, 2018:  Assemblymember Amy Paulin (D-Scarsdale) voted in favor of legislation to improve teacher evaluations by delinking them from standardized testing and returning control to local school districts (A.10475).

“I fully support this step to provide relief for teachers and students alike and to recognize that what works for one classroom or district may not work for another,” said Assemblywoman Paulin.  “However, it is also a little frustrating to me because we never should have established this link in the first place. As predicted, the emphasis on standardized, high-stakes testing led to unnecessary stress and pressure on students and justifiably provoked outrage among parents in my district and across the state.”

“With our vote, we are sending a message to teachers, parents, and students that the Assembly majority is listening,” said Assemblywoman Paulin.

The legislation makes critical corrections to the teacher evaluation system. First, it would eliminate the mandate that teacher evaluations are to be based on their students’ performance on state-created or administered assessments, including the grades 3 through 8 English Language Arts ("ELA") and math tests. The state mandate, which sparked widespread anger, was put on hold in December of 2015 for four years. The Assembly’s legislation eliminates it completely.

The legislation would also make permanent the provision prohibiting grades 3 through 8 ELA and math state assessments from being included on a student’s permanent record.

“As a member of the Assembly Education Committee, I believe in the basic principle that every child learns differently, and it should be up to the people who know them best – their teachers and school districts – to figure out how to meet their needs,” said Assemblywoman Paulin. “I am confident that ending this experiment will empower teachers to focus more on what’s best for the students in front of them and less on the repercussions of a high-stakes test on the horizon.”

Pictured here:  Amy Paulin, Assemblymember, District 88, New York State Assembly.

Photo courtesy Office of Assemblymember Amy Paulin

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Bronxville is a quaint village (one square mile) located just 16 miles north of midtown Manhattan (roughly 30 minutes on the train) and has a population of approximately 6,500. It is known as a premier community with an excellent public school (K-12) and easy access to Manhattan. Bronxville offers many amenities including an attractive business district, a hospital (Lawrence Hospital), public paddle and tennis courts, fine dining at local restaurants, two private country clubs and a community library.

While the earliest settlers of Bronxville date back to the first half of the 18th century, the history of the modern suburb of Bronxville began in 1890 when William Van Duzer Lawrence purchased a farm and commissioned the architect, William A. Bates, to design a planned community of houses for well-known artists and professionals that became a thriving art colony. This community, now called Lawrence Park, is listed on the National register of Historic Places and many of the homes still have artists’ studios. A neighborhood association within Lawrence Park called “The Hilltop Association” keeps this heritage alive with art shows and other events for neighbors.

Bronxville offers many charming neighborhoods as well as a variety of living options for residents including single family homes, town houses, cooperatives and condominiums. One of the chief benefits of living in “the village” is that your children can attend the Bronxville School.

The Bronxville postal zone (10708, known as “Bronxville PO”) includes the village of Bronxville as well as the Chester Heights section of Eastchester, parts of Tuckahoe and the Lawrence Park West, Cedar Knolls, Armour Villa and Longvale sections of Yonkers. Many of these areas have their own distinct character. For instance, the Armour Villa section has many historic homes and even has its own newsletter called “The Villa Voice” which reports on neighborhood news.

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