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    1. Your Newly Elected Executive Council
    2. Those working in public education are under attack in New York State
    3. 5 unavoidable truths about school funding
    4. We’re fighting for a free system, accessible for every child
    6. Download your NYSUT Membership Form
    7. School takeovers
    8. New York State law requires applicants to undergo a fingerprint background check
    9. New Rule Ends ‘Modified’ Tests For Students With Disabilities
    10. Autism Speaks It's Time to Head Back to School!
    11. Future of the educator tax deduction uncertain, once again
    12. Entertainment Discounts for Union Members
    13. 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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    • Joseph Bianchi (Bio)


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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.

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

    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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    5 unavoidable truths about school funding

    If we're ever going to make progress on equitable school funding, first we need to bust some myths

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    Place: Pinot's Palette (412 Market Street, Nanuet)

    Date: Friday, October 2, 2015
    Time: 5pm – 7pm

    Cost: $40.00 per person includes a painting, snacks, and a donation

    Drinks are available for purchase from the establishment

    To register:

    Pinot's Palette's Facebook page



    Donations can be accepted by your building representative and forwarded to Patti Trout (Union Rep, Grievance Chair )

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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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    Report: School takeovers deprive African-American and Latino communities of rights

    School takeovers, sometimes marketed as the “New Orleans Model,” strip districts of local control, placing them under the jurisdiction of politically appointed and unaccountable school boards that community members don’t even have the right to vote for.

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    Pearson has a long history of secrecy and shady dealings around the world.

    The Economist magazine just published a one-sided cover story promoting so-called low-fee schools, where families in the developing world have to pay per day or per week for their children to attend school. These fees can be half or more of a family's income. What's even worse is that the magazine ran the story without disclosing that Pearson—who invests heavily in these schools—owned 50 percent of The Economist when the issue was published.

    The Economist should inform its readers of this blatant conflict of interest and allow us to set the record straight about how these schools actually affect communities.

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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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    Entertainment Discounts for Union Members

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


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