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    1. Your Newly Elected Executive Council
    2. Those working in public education are under attack in New York State
    3. You deserve "a punch in the face."
    4. Download your NYSUT Membership Form
    5. New York State law requires applicants to undergo a fingerprint background check
    6. New Rule Ends ‘Modified’ Tests For Students With Disabilities
    7. Autism Speaks It's Time to Head Back to School!
    8. Future of the educator tax deduction uncertain, once again
    9. Red Flags on the Road to ESEA Rewrite
    10. Entertainment Discounts for Union Members
    11. Minutes Page

    Superintendent's Conference Day

    Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2015

    131 Midland Avenue North, Nyack, New York 10960 (BOCES Educational Resource Center)

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    Your Newly Elected Executive Council -

    The BOCES Staff Association would like to thank Debbie Kydon for her many years of hard work for our union. Her dedicated leadership has left our union in a position of growing strength and solidarity.

    The BOCES Staff Association would also like to thank outgoing Vice President Chris Conti and former Treasurer Shirley Clay for their service as well


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    AFT Representative

    • Dawn Kitz

    • Kevin Connell


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    Never before have those working in public education been so under attack in New York State and around the country. Huge corporate interests are trying to convince the public that there is no other explanation when children don't do well other than failing in those who work in our schools.


    Please take a stand and say:

    YES! I want to be supportive of NYSUT's political action efforts to save funding for public education and to protect important features of our jobs such as pensions and our right to bargain collectively.
    I authorize the deduction of the amount shown below for 10 pay periods as my VOTE-COPE contribution.
    $2.50 per pay period,$10.00 per pay period, or any amount you desire.

    THANK YOU on behalf of every NYSUT member already doing their part in this effort. VOTE-COPE needs us and we need VOTE-COPE!!


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    You deserve "a punch in the face."

    At least that's what New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie thinks.

    In an interview aired Sunday, Christie threatened violence against teachers, and called our unions "the single most destructive force in public education."

    Tell Chris Christie that bullying and violence have no place in our classrooms or our communities, and demand an apology.

    Teachers unions aren't some faceless entity—our unions are made up of individual teachers, women and men who go to work every day to help children succeed.

    In a massive national survey we conducted with the Badass Teachers Association this spring, we saw just how real on-the-job bullying and violence are for our teachers.

    After looking at more than 30,000 responses, we learned that nearly one in five teachers has been threatened with physical violence in a school. One in ten has been physically assaulted, and 30 percent have been bullied on the job.

    Teachers today face huge challenges—from top-down, blame-and-shame policies to record child poverty, deep cuts to school funding, and on-the-job bullying and violence.

    We need leaders who support educators and collaborate with our unions, not people who threaten violence to score cheap political points.

    Sign now: Chris Christie must apologize for threatening violence against our teachers.

    While Christie is busy blaming teachers, he's destroying his own home state.

    Chris Christie has slashed education funding for New Jersey schools by more than a billion dollars. He's gutted support for higher education and women's health, driven New Jersey's public pension system to the brink of bankruptcy, and crashed the state's credit rating, all while giving billions in tax breaks to his corporate pals.

    Christie and his allies—like Wall Street hedge funds and the Koch brothers—are set on destroying our unions. They know that a strong labor movement can rebuild the middle class and rebalance the scales in our economy.

    Our unions are one of the only forces that have prevented Christie from running roughshod over the people of New Jersey. He's made no secret that breaking unions is a top priority, but threatening violence against teachers is a step too far.

    Please join us in demanding that Chris Christie apologize.

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    Fingerprinting Services

    In accordance with the Safe Schools Against Violence in Education Act (Project SAVE), all prospective BOCES employees must be fingerprinted and cleared for appointment by the New York State Education Department in order to be employed. Prior to being cleared for employment, a prospective employee may receive, subject to the applicable regulations of the Commissioner of Education, either a conditional appointment or an emergency conditional appointment which are both subject to a final determination as to clearance by the State Education Department. The NYS education department has established a fee ($91.00) payable by certified check, money order, or credit card, to cover the cost of processing fingerprints.

    The new New York State Education Department vendor for fingerprinting services is IdentoGO. The nearest site is located at 873 Route 45 in New City. Rockland BOCES' Health, Safety and Security Office no longer provides these services.

    For important information about the transition to the new vendor, please visit the NYSED fingerprinting web page.

    New York State law requires applicants for certification and prospective employees of school districts, charter schools and BOCES to undergo a fingerprint supported, criminal history background check conducted by the NYSED Office of School Personnel Review and Accountability (OSPRA).

    Questions? Check out the fingerprinting FAQ.

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    New Rule Ends ‘Modified’ Tests For Students With Disabilities

    The U.S. Department of Education is doing away with a policy that allowed states to consider some students with disabilities academically proficient without meeting grade-level standards.

    The agency said in a final rule published late last week in the Federal Register that states will no longer be allowed to administer tests to students with disabilities that are based on modified academic achievement standards.

    Despite the change, children with the most significant cognitive disabilities — as many as 1 percent of all students — will still be allowed to take tests based on “alternate academic achievement standards” under the rule.


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    Tips and Resources

    The transition from summer back to school can be tough for everyone, especially families of individuals with autism. The daily routine established over the last 2 to 3 months is changing, and the time has come to go from camp back to the classroom. 

    To help ease the stress and smooth the transition for you and your family, we have provided an array of tips and resources for everyone involved in the process, including students, parents, teachers and peers.

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    Carlos Slim Foundation

    Carlos Slim Foundation will translate a wealth of autism information, tools and resources into Spanish and make them freely available online to the Spanish-speaking world. The resources will include more than 40 Autism Speaks tool kits, which cover the entire lifespan -- from the early signs of autism in children through housing and employment for adults.

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    Future of the educator tax deduction uncertain, once again

    The educator tax deduction—which allows educators to deduct eligible unreimbursed expenses up to $250—was instituted in 2002 in recognition of educators’ generosity, and has long had bipartisan support. Last year, Congress renewed the educator tax deduction but only retroactively for 2014; it then promptly expired

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    Red Flags on the Road to ESEA Rewrite

    "The pundits told us it would never happen—that Republicans and Democrats will never agree on a way to replace No Child Left Behind."

    So said Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., just hours before the U.S. Senate did just that—passing its own version of an Elementary and Secondary Education Act rewrite with overwhelming bipartisan support July 16.


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    Entertainment Discounts for Union Members

    Save on everything from movie tickets and theme park tickets to sporting events and museums.


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