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    June 2015 retirement

    The window to apply for the June 2015 retirement incentive has been extended from September 1, 2014 to September 30, 2014.


    Teachers are under attack again. And we need your help to fight back.

    Last Monday, former journalist Campbell Brown announced a lawsuit in New York going after teachers' job protections.
    That lawsuit, Wright v. New York, is a copycat of Vergara v. California.
    Brown's organization -- cynically named the Partnership for Educational Justice -- has hired some of the fanciest PR firms in the country to sell their snake oil, including the firm that ran Mitt Romney's 2012 online campaign.
    We need to make sure that our friends, neighbors and allies understand who Campbell Brown is, and who she really represents.
    Will you help us spread the word by sharing this story with your friends and networks?

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    Brown and her friends want to sell you the same "blame teachers" line we've seen from Michelle Rhee and right-wing politicians for years. They'll tell you tenure means a job for life and that due process makes it impossible to dismiss ineffective teachers. Now, emboldened by a radical ruling in California, they're spreading this case across the country, starting in New York.
    This couldn't be further from the truth. In New York, teachers are granted tenure -- and due process protections -- after 3 years of success in the classroom. Once your boss grants you tenure, due process simply means they must produce just cause to discipline or terminate you. Due process gives teachers the protections to speak up for their students, stop cronyism and innovate in the classroom.
    At the AFT convention, delegates said "enough is enough." We passed a special order of business to fight back so we could move our country forward. We need to stand together now.

    It may seem like a small act, but sharing this story is important. Brown and her friends will spend millions of dollars on slick PR to confuse people and put the blame on teachers and our unions. She'll say she's fighting to represent students and parents. We need to make sure our friends hear the truth about who she represents from us.
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    We're going to fight this with everything we've got. In New York, NYSUT and the UFT are already mobilized. Together we'll fight in the courts, on the ground and in the media. But we have to start by making sure people know what's really going on.
    You can make a difference, just by sharing this story and telling you friends what's really going on.
    In Unity,
    Randi Weingarten
    Karen Magee
    Michael Mulgrew

    P.S. See how Campbell Brown dodged your questions last week on the Colbert Report here.


    DASA Training Information Applicants for Certification

    Effective December 31, 2013 all applicants for Certification are required to complete six clock hours of coursework or training in accordance with Article 2 Sections 10-18 of the Education Law. This training is available only from a provider approved by the New York State Education Department. 
    Upon completion of the workshop, the provider will give you a Certification of Completion.

    • Send a copy of the Certificate of Completion to the Office of Teaching Initiatives, RM 5N 89 Washington Ave, Albany, NY 12234. Photocopies are acceptable.

    • In the case of persons completing State registered programs leading to Certification after December 31, 2013, no Certification of Completion will be awarded because the training is a required component of the programs. No additional training is required. 



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