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"What they wanted"

White Plains Teachers Association MOA

NYSUT (click for web site)
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The Edge - An open letter about testing: what parents and
   community members need to know
 

* Petition to Gov. Cuomo to end high stakes testing
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Teaching about a tragedy

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NYSUT Leader Briefing 11-30-12
* Alert re: Growth Scores, Privacy and Grades 3-8
  Test Guides

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NYSUT activists call for privacy for teachers evaluations
* NYSUT demands end to broken testing system
* The Dangers of K-2 High-Stakes Standardized Testing
* Iannuzzi: Shameful tabloids sully evaluation process
* Limiting Public Disclosure of Teacher and Principal Evaluations

* An Open Letter of Concern Regarding High-Stakes Testing
  and the School Reform Agenda of New York State

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Kids, not cuts!  National call-in day Feb 7
   Educators: Make a call next Thursday and tell Congress, "Kids,
   not    cuts!" Use the NEA Educator Connector Line at
   866-293-7278 to urge your representatives to protect
   education, Medicaid and Medicare. Here's more info.
* NYSUT to SED: Common Core testing unfair to students
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The Edge newsletter for January 2013
* SURVEY: What did you think of the state assessments?

* Iannuzzi: Shameful tabloids sully evaluation process
* In response to Best4NY To the Editor
 


TimesUnion.com
* Throw grenade, walk away
The Edge
  Facebook: A Great Tool When Used Correctly

Gannet
  Rebuttal - Releasing teacher information is a bad idea
  Editorial - Bill would inhibit accountability
  Bills want teacher evals kept private

LoHud Poll -  Express you thoughts
    Making teacher evaluation public

NY Times
  
Group Aims to Counter Influence of Teachers' Union
    in New York

AFT - Standards & Assessment
    
Shift in Culture

NY Times - Teacher's Diary
     Charting the Stages of Teacher Data Report Grief

     Confessions of a 'Bad' Teacher

 

Washington Post
 
 
10-year-old: ‘I want to know why after vacation I have
    to take test after test after test’

NY Times: 
Op-Ed Contributor: Shame Is Not the Solution

By Bill Gates
Publicly ranking teachers by name will not help them get better at their jobs or improve student learning.

SchoolBook:
Ravitch Says New Evaluation System is 'Madness'

By Mary Ann Giordano
The public schools may be closed all week for February Break, but
critics and other writers are busy examining the new teacher evaluation agreement that was reached last week. Among the critics: Diane Ravitch and The Daily News columnist, Juan Gonzalez.

 

   

 
     

 

 

 

 


 


Articles on Gov. Cuomo and the schools

The NYSTRS Pension Dollar: Who Really Pays?

Prepping Your Professional Self for APPR...Ready or NOt It's Here

What Every NYSUT Member Should Know

Fact Sheet
4Enacted Local Tax Cap Bill

Teaching Standards
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New York State Teaching Standards (approved January 2011)


Teacher Evaluation
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Teacher and Principal Evaluation Regulations
(draft)
4Memo from Commissioner on Draft
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Summary of Provisions in Draft Regulations

 
Information on Tenure and Triborough
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Why we defend Triborough
4"Tenure, Triborough Amendment are not all that complex"
4Mythbusters: TheTruth about Tenure

4School Employee Absenteeism - The Misconception
 
Teacher Salaries

4"The High Cost of Low Teacher Salaries" (NYT)
 
Testing
4"A New Measure for Classroom Quality" (NYT)
 
Teacher Pensions
4We've Earned Secure Pensions (neatoday)
 
Merit Pay
4"What Congress Could Learn in Your Classroom" (neatoday)

Check out and sign the petition from change.org on New York State Regents: End the reliance on high stakes standardized testing
 

 

2011-12

Please call 1-877-255-9417




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A Teacher Appreciation Story

 


The MTA at Katonah-Lewisboro Rally on 4/26
(click to view the video)

 

 

The New York State Education Department is seeking public comment on draft Teacher and Principal Evaluation Regulations

NYSUT Vice 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.

NYSUT is 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 standardized tests.)

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 RegComments@mail.nysed.gov
or mail to:

New York State Education Department
Room 11
89 Washington Ave.
Albany, N.Y. 12234.

Please copy Dan Kinley at dkinley@nysutmail.org so NYSUT can compile the
field's comments.

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



Katonah-Lewisboro Rally
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


For those of you who missed it, the Celebrating Our Excellence Rally, recently held in Harrison, was well attended, well organized, and inspiring!
 

 

February 2010


 

Subject: NYSUT Rally-March 22
Date: 3/11/11 4:14:37 PM
From: "Marc Laffer" <mlaffer@nysutmail.org>
To: "Marc Laffer" <mlaffer@nysutmail.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 attacks on
education, health care and public employees are unacceptable!  To
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 returning around
4PM.  Attached is a flyer with information about the rally.  Please
forward this notice to all your members.

Marc Laffer
Regional Staff Director
NYSUT
Tarrytown Regional Office
520 White Plains Rd.  Suite 400
Tarrytown, NY  10591
(914) 592-4411
(914) 345-3302 (fax)
mlaffer@nysutmail.org

 



Click to view video


NYSUT President Richard C. Iannuzzi's Open Letter to the Membership regarding NYS Senate vote of March 1st
 


January 2010

 

Click here to view a video on
how to send a fax from the link above

 

From this month's issue of

 
Read, "Big spenders fuel anti-union efforts" by Betsy Sandberg

 

 


The following 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 forums

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.

 


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