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    1. Make a teacher smile; repost this to show appreciation for all educators
    2. Join local events for Workers Memorial Day -- April 28
    3. Nominations for Executive Board
    4. Vote on ESEA Coming: Urge your Senators to Close Opportunity Gaps
    5. The next fundraiser is the Eye glass drive from 4-20-2015 to 6-11-2015
    6. Family Fun Night: Scheduled for May 12th.
    7. Yankee Raffle Ticket ($10 a ticket)
    8. Will you take AFT's anonymous survey on how the conditions at work affect your life?
    9. Randi: They're getting it right in D.C., but not so much in New York
    10. Former Regents appointed as adjunct members of the Regents Review Committee
    11. Tell legislators to support the rights of parents to have their children opt out of standardized testing
    12. IDEA: Listen to parents and educators
    13. Celebrating another wonderful year and in honoring our retirees
    14. Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) reauthorization
    15. Rockland Central Council awards a scholarship each year
    16. Minutes

     

    Success Academy donors give big to Cuomo campaign

    by Geoff Decker - Chalkbeat New York

    "By one tally of the 2014 filings, Cuomo racked up at least $800,000 in donations from 27 bankers, real estate executives, business executives, philanthropists and advocacy groups who have flocked to charter schools and other education causes in recent years. 

    The totals far exceed what the same group gave him for his first run in 2010: $136,000. The union, meanwhile, has donated one-quarter of the sum it gave Cuomo in 2010."

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    Are you sick of highly-paid teachers?

    Originally posted to sboucher on Mon Feb 21, 2011 at 09:18 PM PST. Also republished by New Jersey Kossacks, Shamrock American Kossacks, and Daily Kos Classics.

     

    HOW MANY TIMES HAVE YOU HEARD THIS!

    Teachers' hefty salaries are driving up taxes, and they only work nine or ten months a year! It's time we put things in perspective and pay them for what they do -- babysit!

    We can get that for less than minimum wage.


    That's right. Let's give them $3.00 an hour and only the hours they worked; not any of that silly planning time, or any time they spend before or after school. That would be $19.50 a day (7:45 to 3:00 PM with 45 min. off for lunch and planning -- that equals 6-1/2 hours).

    So each parent should pay $19.50 a day for these teachers to baby-sit their children. Now how many students do they teach in a day...maybe 30? So that's $19.50 x 30 = $585 a day.

    However, remember they only work 180 days a year!!! I am not going to pay them for any vacations.

    LET'S SEE....

    That's $585 X 180= $105,300 per year. (Hold on! My calculator needs new batteries).

    What about those special education teachers and the ones with Master's degrees? Well, we could pay them minimum wage ($7.75), and just to be fair, round it off to $8.00 an hour. That would be $8 X 6-1/2 hours X 30 children X 180 days = $280,800 per year.

    Wait a minute -- there's something wrong here! There sure is!

    The average teacher's salary (nationwide) is $50,000.

    $50,000/180 days = $277.77 per day / 30 students = $9.25 / 6.5 hours = $1.42 per hour per student -- a very inexpensive baby-sitter and they even EDUCATE your kids!)

    WHAT A DEAL!!!!

    Make a teacher smile; repost this to show appreciation for all educators.

    Meredith Menden


     

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    Vote on ESEA Coming: Urge Senators to Close Opportunity Gaps

    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) confirmed that the Every Child Achieves Act of 2015—the ESEA rewrite approved 22-0 by the HELP Committee last week—could come to the Senate floor in the next couple weeks.

    Thanks to the advocacy and activism of educators like you, the bill improves upon No Child Left Behind in important ways. But it still needs work. We need to keep advocating for further changes to ensure equity and equal opportunity for the students most in need.
    To help preserve our gains and further strengthen the bill, members nationwide have taken part in NEA's April wave of action and you andyour colleagues have sent nearly 150,000 messages to Congress. Don't stop. Click on the "take action" button to email your senators.


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    The next fundraiser is the Eye glass drive from 4-20-2015 to 6-11-2015

     

    To donate please contact Elena Temple at emolone@aol.com


    Join local events for Workers Memorial Day -- April 28

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    Congress passed the Occupational Safety and Health Act in 1970, promising every worker the right to a safe job. Workers, unions and activists have fought hard to make that promise a reality. But our work is far from over. On April 28, we observe Workers' Memorial Day to remember those who have suffered and died on the job and to renew the fight for safe and healthy workplaces.
    There are many events taking place around New York to commemorate Workers Memorial Day. Join other workers and unions in your area. You can find an event near you by going to http://www.coshnetwork.org/workers-memorial-week-events-2015#NY


    Current Nominations for Executive Board

    If you have any questions please contact Lilybeth Torres at Lily3018@aol.com

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    President

    1. Kevin Connell
    2. Chris Conti


    Vice President

    1. Evan Siedel
    2. Jeff Schragenheim
    3. Joseph Bianchi

    Secretary

    1. Lilybeth Torres


    Treasurer

    1. Rich Murray
    2. Phil Rucker
    3. Ann Neville

    AFT Delegate

    1. Kathleen Conti
    2. Evan Seidel
    3. Kevin Connell
    4. Chris Conti
    5. Dawn Kitz

    UFT Delegate

    1. Dawn Kitz
    2. Kevin Connell
    3. Chris Conti
    4. Kathleen Conti
    5. Evan Seidel

    Procedures for Nomination of Officers:

      • President
      • Vice President
      • Secretary
      • Treasurer
      • NYSUT Rep. Assembly (RA)
      • AFT

      All nominations must be submitted to Vice President Chris Conti via E-mail: chrisrony@aol.com.
      If a person would like to nominate an individual, but does not have an email account, they must mail their nominations to

      Chris Conti
      15 Park Ave
      Congers, NY 10920.

      All nominations must be in writing, no exceptions.

      Once a nomination is received, the Vice President will contact the nominated individual to confirm acceptance for that position.

      On April 30th 2015, at 12 o’clock midnight, the right to make nominations will end. No nomination will be accepted from that point on, unless it was mailed with a postmark date no later than April 30th 2015.


    Will you take AFT's anonymous survey on how the conditions at work affect your life?

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    Nearly every industrialized nation has studied the impact of work on the health and well-being of its labor force. But not even one comprehensive study has ever been done in the United States. As a result, we know very little about how the work environment affects educators and other school staff.

    The American Federation of Teachers, one of NYSUT's national affiliates, has created a survey to find out how work impacts your health and well-being, and to help make the case for a thorough scientific study.

    Will you take AFT's anonymous survey on how the conditions at work affect your life?

    There's a lot of talk about how we can improve the school environment, but far too little about how we can improve the conditions on the job for educators and staff. We aim to change that.

    This isn't a short survey; you should expect it to take about 20 minutes to complete (we recommend using a desktop or laptop).

    But by joining thousands of other educators and school staff, you'll help us make the case for a major study on how the work environment affects the adults in our schools, and for the need for resources to support you on the job.

    We know you care deeply about providing a high-quality school experience to the students you serve and we care just as deeply about the quality of our members' lives as workers, educators and citizens.

    Take the anonymous survey on school working conditions and help us make the case for a major study.

    The survey will be open until April 30. Please share your personal experiences so we can make a case for a comprehensive study of the work environment.

    In solidarity,

    Karen E. Magee
    NYSUT President

    P.S. Please share this survey with your colleagues and help us learn as much as possible from others on the front lines in education.


    Randi: They're getting it right in D.C., but not so much in New York

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    In her latest column appearing in The New York Times, AFT President Randi Weingarten praises the promising action of the U.S. Senate committee that unanimously passed a bill to overhaul No Child Left Behind. The Senate's Every Child Achieves Act eliminates AYP and mandatory sanctions such as school closings and does not require states to maintain a teacher evaluation system. The proposal maintains funding equity.

    The committee, she writes, listened to business leaders, community partners, civil rights activists, parents and educators -- including nearly 20,000 AFT members.

    "Overwhelmingly, the message was: Instead of obsessing over test scores, let's give our students what they need to climb the ladder of opportunity and succeed." She contrasts that with what is happening In New York, where Gov. Cuomo is ramming through ideology as part of his budget and ignoring those closest to the classroom.

    Add this to the public opinion backlash against Cuomo's destructive education agenda that continues to gain momentum. Here's a round up of some of the insightful opinion pieces that have run in papers and blogs all over the state.


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    Fundraiser for United Hospice of Rockland


    • Yankee Raffle Ticket ($10 a ticket)
    • All the monies are due May 11, 2015.

    Ask your building rep about tickets


    Former Regents appointed as adjunct members of the Regents Review Committee

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    Three former members of the Board of Regents, Phillips, Dawson and Bennett, were quietly appointed as adjunct members of the Regents Review Committee at the April Board Meeting.

    The committee conducts professional discipline hearings for the licensed professions with a three member panel. Former Regents are often appointed as adjunct members.

    This committee has no authority beyond these discipline cases and the new adjunct members will have no role in other matters before the Regents such as the new APPR regulations.


    Tell legislators to support the rights of parents to have their children opt out of standardized testing

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    Go to the MAC to urge your lawmakers to support Assembly and state Senate legislation that provides parents the right to opt their child out of developmentally inappropriate exams, and prohibits harmful sit and stare policies.

    The Assembly bill, which passed in the education committee this week, prevents retaliation or other negative actions that could be taken against a student, parent, teacher, principal or administrator, or school building or school district in response to a parent's decision to opt their child out of standardized assessments. The Senate bill is similar but separate and would require schools to inform parents of their right to opt out. It is important to let your lawmakers know you want them to act


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    Family Fun Night:
    Scheduled for May 12th.

    This year's theme is Math Night

    To volunteer please contact Elena Temple at emolone@aol.com


    IDEA: Listen to parents and educators.

    CALL TO ACTION

    Tell the NYSED Board of Regents to Hold Public Hearings on the New APPR!

    Request that the Board of Regents hold public hearings to get input from educators before developing the new APPR. This takes less then 3 minutes. Take action now!

    Copy the letter below.
    CLICK ON THIS LINK TO SEND AND EMAIL TO OUR LOCAL REGENT.
    Paste the letter into the body of the email.
    Sign the letter by typing your name and home address
    SEND the email

    Dear Regent Johnson:

    The newly adopted state budget places significant responsibility with the Regents for implementation of the new APPR law. As you consider implementation, I urge you to adopt research-based regulations that keep in place a system of multiple measures; limit the impact of state standardized tests, and maximize local control. Most importantly, evaluations must serve the purpose of strengthening instruction and student learning as part of a system that attracts, develops and retains great teachers.

    It is important for you to hear from educators, parents and the community as part of the process for developing the regulatory changes. I urge you to hold a public hearing in your judicial district to ensure all voices are heard on this critical issue.

    Thank you for the opportunity to comment. I look forward to seeing you at the public hearing.

    Sincerely,

    In solidarity,
    Jon Wedvik
    Rockland County Teachers Association Vice-President

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    Here's a novel idea: Why not actually listen to parents and educators opinions on APPR?

    The recently adopted state budget gives the New York State Board of Regents the responsibility of implementing the new APPR law. It's up to the Regents to ensure that the new law is actually implemented in a way that strengthens instruction and improves student learning outcomes. Let's make sure that they understand that responsibility and hear from all of us!

    Take action now at the NYSUT Member Action Center to tell the New York State Board of Regents to hold public hearings on the new APPR!

    As the Regents consider implementation of the new APPR law, it's critical that they hold public hearings so that they can hear from parents and educators about what is best for our students. They must adopt research-based regulations that keep in place a system of multiple measures; limit the impact of state standardized tests; and maximize local control. And most importantly, evaluations must strengthen instruction and student learning as part of a system that attracts, develops and retains great teachers.

    Take action now at the NYSUT Member Action Center to tell the New York State Board of Regents to hold public hearings on the new APPR!

    The state budget process has ended, but the battle over the right approach to APPR is far from over.

    Take action right now and make sure that the Regents get this right!



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    Edward Gray, Gina Guarascio, Cathy Harm
    Robert Hoke, Margaret Howard, Deborah Kydon
    Mary Marino, Patricia Martone, Ann Metz
    Karen Michelson, Janis Mills, Al Moschetti
    Marie Noisette-Joseph, Sharon Nulty, Sandi Olen
    Mary Perkins, Bridget Pucillo, Diane Quiroa
    Marietta Raggo, Sandra Rickli, Carol Rosenthal
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    Please join us in celebrating another wonderful year and in honoring our retirees on
    June 4, 2015

    Cost $50.00

    Cocktail Hour 5:30-6:30 pm

    Dinner 6:30 -10:30 pm

    Hosted by R.B.S.A., C.S.E.A., and B.A.S.A

    RSVP by May 27, 2015

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    We cannot allow corporate interests to determine trade policy like the TPP.

    The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is a free trade agreement that is currently being negotiated in secret between the United States and 11 other countries in the Asia-Pacific region. And legislation granting fast-track authority would enable corporate power-grabs like the TPP to be rushed through Congress, circumventing ordinary review, amendment and debate procedures.

    The TPP will create rules and obligations that govern an estimated 40 percent of the world's economy, yet few Americans are aware of its impact or even its existence. Unfortunately, the last 20 years of corporate-driven free trade policy have created a downward spiral in which jobs have been shipped overseas and worker, environmental and consumer protections have been eroded.

    We cannot allow corporate interests to determine trade policy like the TPP. We must urge Congress to fend off the corporate call for fast-track.

    Smart trade policy has the potential to promote shared global prosperity, which is why our communities—NOT multinational corporations—must be the driving force in shaping trade policy.

    Please urge your members of Congress to protect our economy, jobs, environment and public health by opposing fast-track legislation.

    In unity,

    Lorretta Johnson

    AFT Secretary-Treasurer


     


     

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    Rockland Central Council scholarship award

    April 20, 2015

    Dear Local Presidents:
    As many of you know, the Rockland Central Council awards a scholarship each year to an exceptional high school student to help cover the cost of college or a trade school.  To be eligible, each applicant must be a current high school student and the son or daughter of a local union member. We ask each to applicant fill out the application form.  Academic achievement, financial need, character, community involvement, and extracurricular participation should be emphasized in the application and will all be considered when the committee makes its final decision.

    Please forward this scholarship information to your members. We believe that in distributing the information through you we can best serve the interest of the Central Labor Council and the union movement at large. Thank you for assistance in this matter.

    Interested scholarship candidates should send all application materials to the address listed in the application. The deadline for all applications is May 15th, 2015. The award will be announced at the June meeting of our Central Labor Council.


    President
    National Education Association


     


    Dates to Remember:

    April 30th – may 2nd – Local Presidents Conference an RA in Buffalo
    June 4 - Celebrate With the Retirees
    July 20th – July 24th –LAP Saratoga
    August 11th – 13th – Summer Leadership – Parsippany NJ

     


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