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The New York
State Education Department is seeking public comment on
draft Teacher and Principal Evaluation Regulations.
President Maria Neira is encouraging local leaders and
members to provide written comments on the draft
regulations recently posted for New York state's new
teacher/principal evaluation system. The draft
regulations incorporate many recommendations from
practitioners on the Regents Task Force, but there are
still outstanding issues and questions.
especially concerned with SED's plan to allow school
districts the flexibility to use standardized tests as a
"locally selected measure" for an additional 20 percent
of evaluations. (NYSUT's position is that the locally
selected measures need to be authentic assessments, not
SED is asking for
public comments by April 29. NYSUT is urging SED to
extend the comment period as it coincides with spring
break in many school districts.
Here is a link to the draft
regulations and a summary document
Send your comments to
or mail to:
State Education Department
89 Washington Ave.
Albany, N.Y. 12234.
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firstname.lastname@example.org so NYSUT can compile the
Katonah-Lewisboro Board of Education in
process of hiring Paul Kreutzer
(Superintendent of New
Berlin School District in Wisconsin)
as their new superintendent
Click here for more
information regarding Paul Kreutzer
to protest hiring of Paul Kreutzer
Click here for more information
from Marc Laffer, Regional Staff Director of NYSUT
April News Briefs
New York Teacher
As the rich gets richer, the middle class gets poorer
Phil Reisman, The Journal News, April 3, 2011
No Child Left Behind - Football Version
Thread from Internet
15,000 union members rallied in Times
Square on Saturday, April 9, 2011
All sectors of the labor movement stood in
solidarity delivering one simple message:
"We Are One-Respect Our Rights"
Click HERE for more photos of event
those of you who missed it, the Celebrating Our
Excellence Rally, recently held in Harrison, was well
attended, well organized, and inspiring!
Subject: NYSUT Rally-March 22
Date: 3/11/11 4:14:37 PM
From: "Marc Laffer" <email@example.com>
To: "Marc Laffer" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Dear Local President,
On Tuesday, March 22nd, many of you will be in Albany
for NYSUT's very
important Committee of 100. While we will
certainly make our presence
known inside the capitol on that day, we are also going
to make sure
that the legislators and governor hear our message that
education, health care and public employees are
accomplish this, we need more people in Albany.
NYSUT will be holding a
rally at 12 Noon at West Capitol Park. I recognize
the challenge in
getting your members to attend on a work day and we do
not want any
problems for our members. This is a perfect
opportunity for our retired
members to participate in an activity. The
Tarrytown Regional Office
will provide buses, leaving at approximately 9AM and
4PM. Attached is a flyer with information about
the rally. Please
forward this notice to all your members.
Regional Staff Director
Tarrytown Regional Office
520 White Plains Rd. Suite 400
Tarrytown, NY 10591
(914) 345-3302 (fax)
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NYSUT President Richard C.
Iannuzzi's Open Letter to the Membership regarding NYS Senate vote
of March 1st
excerpts are from the NYSUT Leader Briefing for January 28.
They highlight important issues that all of us should be aware
of. Please take a few minutes to read these items and even
participate in the online survey regarding college and career
readiness from the NYSED.
Click this link to
read a recent update from Andrew Pallota entitled, "Mobilization
activities in the field." You can also visit the
NYSUT Web site
for the latest information on these issues and other topics that
impact our profession.
In addition, we're fighting back on legislative threats to
repeal many of our hard-won rights
This legislative session, we're already seeing attacks on
Triborough, on tenure and seniority. Public pension
plans are under the gun and there is a proposal to create a
Tier 6. In partnership with the AFL-CIO and member unions,
NYSUT is vigorously
defending our positions through lobbying and "earned"
media by placing op-eds and doing press interviews.
We all know there are several ill-conceived tax cap
proposals in play. Look for op-ed pieces from President
Iannuzzi on tax caps, Triborough and education funding in
your local papers. On the television show "Working New
York," Iannuzzi and AFL-CIO President Denis Hughes talked
about attacks on teachers' pensions and benefits, and the
ill-conceived property tax cap proposal that would harm
public schools and other vital services. If you missed it
when it aired, you can
see it here and
take action here.
New York's public pension system: Strongest in the nation
Executive Vice President Andy Pallotta dispels misleading
half-truths and delivers the facts on public employee
pensions in this
op-ed piece from the Albany Times Union. He writes: "The
idea that employer pension costs will rise ever upward,
never to plateau and eventually decrease - as they have done
in the past -- is an exercise in fear --mongering."
The February issue of NYSUT United will feature a detailed
look at pensions, as well.
Changing graduation requirements: Speak out at Regents
NYSUT Vice President Maria Neira is urging teachers, school
counselors and other union members to attend and offer the
front-line practitioner's point of view at a series of
Regents forums being held around the state on whether to
change graduation requirements.
The Regents are looking at major changes, including
increased requirements, more flexibility in middle-school
offerings, allowing online instruction and extending the
school day and school year.
The Regents' regional meetings are being held through
February from 5:30 to 7 p.m., at a time most educators are
able to attend.
Here is a schedule. This week, there were forums in the
Capital District and western New York. Next week, there will
be one in central New York. A North Country forum slated for
Jan. 31 will be rescheduled. A link to the Regents plan is
posted at www.nysut.org.
NYSUT talking points are posted on Leader Access.
You also may participate in an
online survey. The State Education Department has
extended the deadline through midnight Feb. 18. We've posted
photos and coverage of this week's Capital Region forum.