Updated: May 25, 2012

What's New

BTA Contitutional Amendment Proposed

NYSUT Member Benefits such as insurance and travel discounts are available to retired members if they are listed on a local unit's roster.  To that end, BTA has drafted an amendment to the BTA constitution to allow for retired members to be listed on our roster.  The vote on the proposal will be June 13th, the same day as the Building Representative vote.

Please email Mark Warren if you have any questions.  

EducateNYNow Coalition

New York is facing an education crisis due to state policies: 30,000 teachers have lost their jobs and programs including AP classes, Career & Technical Education programs, arts, music, and sports to name a few, have been decimated. The state has reduced its role in funding education, passing it along to the local communities. A decade ago, the state covered 50% of the cost of education; now the state is picking up only 40%. In fact, state funding is less than it was just four years ago.

EducateNYNow unifies parents, students, teachers, administrators, unions, school board members and other community organizations around a campaign to demand that the state government fulfills its contitutional obligation to provide all NY youth with a quality education. Watch for more information over the next several weeks from NYSUT vice president Pollotta.

NYSUT Days at Darien Lake

The annual NYSUT days at Darien Lake Theme Park are July 13-20th this year. Tickets are just $19.99 plus tax; orders are due by July 10th.

Need Advice About Retirement?

Teachers can make an appointment to meet with a representative of the TRS at the high school on 5/23 or 6/13. Appointments can be made online at MyNYSTRS (log in and select the my tools tab>schedule appointment) or by calling 800-348-7298, extension 6100.

Domain 4 and Mini-Observations

The teacher observation pilot is up and running; this process is designed to evaluate domains 1-3 in Danielson's Framework for Teaching. It is recommended that you document your domain 4 activities throughout the year; this form may be helpful in that process. Contact Mark Warren with questions and concerns.

Union Updates

Please continue to collect the following: books for the Richmond Library or the collection boxes at each school, pop can tabs for kidney dialysis patients,delivered to Pamela then to Lake Plains Dialysis here in Batavia, cell phones for Domestic Violence c/o the YWCA, eyeglasses to be re-made through the Lions Club and flags that need to be retired appropriately by the veterans.

Mark Your Calendar...

May-June

5-28-Memorial Day Weekend
6-13-BTA amendment and reps vote
6-18-BTA
6-22 last day for staff

Verizon Discount for Teachers

Verizon phone service is offering 19% off if you are an educator.  Try using www.verizonwireless.com/getdiscounts.