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    1. Governor Cuomo's test-and-punish agenda has left a real mess for the State Legislature to clean up.
    2. Summer 2015 Courses
    3. R B S A C O M M U N I T Y N E W S L E T T E R
    4. NYSUT and coalition partners crank up pressure, threaten to sue
    5. State Senate trying to run out the clock
    6. Tell Senate to keep the promise to support higher education
    7. Seven Regents call for delay in new teacher evaluation plans
    8. 15 In-service Hours - Google Educator Certification Bootcamp
    9. May Minutes Posted

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

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    Governor Cuomo's test-and-punish agenda has left a real mess for the State Legislature to clean up.

    As the 2015 legislative session draws to a close, the governor is renewing his efforts to double down on public school over-testing, on private school tax credit schemes and on charter school expansion.

    You can help stop him.

    Take action now at the NYSUT Member Action Center to tell lawmakers to oppose shady private school tax credits, to oppose charter school expansion efforts and to fix the revised APPR system!

    Among the outstanding issues still under consideration in the Legislature are two anti-public schools schemes that only the governor and his hedge fund billionaire cronies could love. The first is a shady private school tax credit that would shift money away from public schools and services and use it to benefit private schools and wealthy families. The second is a radical expansion of privately run charter schools. Both of these outrageous schemes must be opposed!

    At the same time, we continue to plead with the Legislature to fix the governor's broken testing and evaluation system. This is a serious problem that cannot be ignored!

    Take action now at the NYSUT Member Action Center to tell lawmakers to oppose shady private school tax credits, to oppose charter school expansion efforts and to fix the revised APPR system!

    Time is running out, but lawmakers still have an opportunity to do the right thing! Make sure they do it!


    "New York should not even begin considering increasing the number of charter schools until they begin serving all students and are held accountable," said Pallotta.


     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

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    20thAnnual Rockland Literacy Professional Conference

    Opening a World of Positive Possibilities for Real Life Literacy -
    Reaching and Teaching All Students Across the Curriculum
    PreK - 12

    Saturday, October 24, 2015
    7:45 A.M. - 2:30 P.M.

    Pre-registration by August 31: $40 / Full time student: $25
    Pre-registration from September 1 - October 22: $50 / Full time student: $25
    On-site registration: $60 / Full time student: $40
    Pre-registration closes on Thursday, Oct. 22.
    Full time Student Discount: Email Deborah Studnitzer to receive student
    discount for online registration.

    Special Offer! Pre-register with a friend and receive a $25 Voucher, redeemable at one vendor of choice on the day of the event. Here's how! Each person pre-registers online by October 22. **WHEN REGISTERING PUT NAME OF FRIEND IN BUILDING/DIVISION FIELD** Sign in together at the Extravaganza in order to receive one $25 Voucher to share. This Special Offer is not available to students or on-site registration.

    at St. Thomas Aquinas College Romano Center
    125 Route 340
    Sparkill, N.Y. 10976

     

    Courses

    The College of Mount Saint Vincent in partnership with the Rockland Teachers’ Center Institute is happy to bring you the courses for Additional Classroom Teaching Certificate in ESOL (English to Speakers of Other Languages) through the Individual Evaluation Pathway

    Special price of $1415 each for 3 of the 4 courses and $2205 for the 1 on-campus course available through summer program only (All prices are subject to change)

    For those who decide to continue on for the complete Master’s, an additional course fee of $880 will be necessary as one of the discounted courses cost more in the Master’s program.

    If you have any questions contact Joleen Murray at 845-499-0851 or email jmurray@rockteach.org.

    To register go to www.rockteach.org.
    Look for link under College of Mount Saint Vincent summer ESOL PROGRAM!

     

    The Google Educator Certification Bootcamp will raise your awareness about how Google Apps can
    be used in the classroom and will prepare participants for certification as a Google Educator.

    Each session will include an interactive overview, top tips from the Google Apps for Education Learning
    Center, hands-on activities, and inspiring ideas for how to use Google Apps for teaching, learning
    and professional collaboration. The activities are flexible, designed to challenge veteran users by
    revealing features and innovative uses they never imagined.

    This Program is being offered at NO COST and is ONLY open to teachers in the Lower Hudson Teacher Center Network. Registration is limited so please sign up early. A wait list will be created and those participants will be notified by June 15th of their registration status. There will be a 3 hour follow-up session in the fall.

    Instructor: EdTech Team
    Dates: Monday, June 29 & Wednesday, July 8, 2015
    Place: Public Schools of the Tarrytowns
    School to be determined
    Time: 8:30am - 3:30pm
    Cost: NO COST
    Credit: 15 Inservice Hours
    Grades: K-12
    To register for this class, please visit our website: www.ewteachercenter.com and click on
    Registration for Courses.


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    NYSUT and coalition partners crank up pressure, threaten to sue

    It was a busy week for NYSUT and other education advocates as the legislative session plowed through its penultimate week.


    First, civil rights attorneys, good government groups, religious leaders and public school advocates said in a press conference that they would sue if Gov. Cuomo's education tax credit becomes law.

    Those benefitting most from the scheme are not schools, but wealthy donors who would receive tax credits of up to $1 million apiece. This giveaway to private schools and their donors would cost taxpayers $150 million each year, diverting money from public schools.


    "New York's underfunded public schools which, by the way, serve all children, should be the state's top priority," said NYSUT's Andy Pallotta.


    The next day, dozens of legislators joined education advocates in calling for a halt to opening more charter schools, as well as legislation that will require charter school accountability.


    "New York should not even begin considering increasing the number of charter schools until they begin serving all students and are held accountable," said Pallotta.


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    State Senate trying to run out the clock

    The Assembly has taken significant steps in recent weeks toward fixing New York's testing and evaluation mess. With a bipartisan, near-unanimous vote -- 135 votes to just one -- the Assembly amended the revised APPR system and mandated increased test transparency and developmental appropriateness of assessments. The Senate, however, has refused to take up the legislation.


    Take action now at the NYSUT Member Action Center to tell senators to amend the revised APPR system and mandate increased test transparency and developmental appropriateness of assessments..


     

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    Tell Senate to keep the promise to support higher education

    The Assembly passed the SUNY/CUNY "maintenance of effort" legislation --A-5370-A (Glick) -- by a vote of 116-0. With three scheduled days of session remaining, it is crucial for NYSUT members to contact your senators and urge them to pass the Senate version -- S-281-A (LaValle) -- right now.

    Go to the MAC to send an e-letter with only a few clicks. Every message counts!
    SUNY and CUNY have for years been funding increased mandatory costs through annual tuition hikes. That contradicts the legislative intent of the provisions of NY-SUNY 2020, which holds that annual tuition increases be invested in student academic programs, services and faculty.


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    Seven Regents call for delay in new teacher evaluation plans

    Our activism is clearly working: Seven members of the Board of Regents this week released a position paper calling for delaying until September 2016 the rollout of new teacher evaluations pushed through by Gov. Cuomo as part of the state budget.

    The full board will be meeting on the proposed regulations on Monday and Tuesday. Send an email NOW from the MAC to the other Regents to join their colleagues in support of delaying the implementation of the revised APPR.

    Here's NYSUT's press release praising the seven Regents for listening to parents, educators and what research says about teaching and learning. The position paper affirms many of the recommendations forwarded to the Regents by NYSUT Vice President Catalina Fortino, such as reducing the weight of student test scores in teacher evaluations, limiting the importance of outside observers and putting greater weight on locally developed measures of student growth. Fortino, who this week attended a Regents forum in Olean (see photo above), said it's critical for the Regents to keep hearing from educators on this issue.

     





     


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