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This week CAS held meetings for all unit presidents and executive board members to discuss the recently enacted legislative changes contained within the Education Transformation Act of 2015. More than 45 unit representatives attended throughout the week.

Attached is the update and summary of these ill-conceived legislative changes. The changes impact tenure, APPR, 3020-a procedures, receiverships and other new procedures aimed at failing schools, and certification.

As you will see there are still many questions left to be answered. We do not expect answers to these questions until the regulations are published. When the Commissioner develops the new regulations to implement these changes CAS will inform the membership.  The law requires the regulations to be developed by June 30th.  Those regulations should clarify many of the technical and procedural questions regarding how the new law will be implemented.  We will again provide further information once these regulations are published and can be closely examined.

If you have any questions about the changes, or would like to further discuss any of these changes, please do not hesitate to call. If any unit would like to hold further group discussion on any of these issues, all unit Presidents are free to contact the office to schedule a presentation for their Association.

Although these changes are certainly troubling do not be depressed by this latest bad news.  The CAS membership consists of highly motivated and successful individual educational leaders.  We have survived prior bad legislation including the prior versions of APPR.  Your CAS/ESSAA leadership and legal team will develop the optimum procedures to protect and guide you through these changes the same way we did for the original APPR.  Until the new regulations are enacted however, we cannot give prospective guidance, but once they are available we will be back in touch with you.

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