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    1. May 11th - Yankee Raffle Ticket ($10 a ticket)
    2. Video: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Standardized Testing (HBO)
    3. Election 2015 - Check out the Candidates!
    4. Fix flaws in the Affordable Care Act
    5. Family Fun Night: Scheduled for May 12th.
    6. Call out Pearson at London shareholders' meeting
    7. Donors give big to Cuomo campaign
    8. Opportunities and support for students should not be held hostage by the governor
    9. Celebrating another wonderful year and in honoring our retirees
    10. The next fundraiser is the Eye glass drive from 4-20-2015 to 6-11-2015
    11. Will you take AFT's anonymous survey on how the conditions at work affect your life?
    12. Randi: They're getting it right in D.C., but not so much in New York
    13. Tell legislators to support the rights of parents to have their children opt out of standardized testing
    14. Minutes

    "Last Week Tonight with John Oliver," a major HBO show, ran a blistering segment on what these tests are doing to our children, our teachers and our schools.

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    Thank you, John Oliver, for your taking on the test-fixation that's taking the joy of teaching and learning from our schools.

    Watch the video and sign our Thank You card to John Oliver!

    News from AFT Teachers, April 2015

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    Weingarten joins parents, UK union leaders, to call out Pearson at London shareholders' meeting

     

    AFT President Randi Weingarten joined other union leaders, parents and education advocates from the United States and the United Kingdom on April 24 in London and demanded that testing giant Pearson measure the social, emotional and academic impact of its education practices in the United States, the United Kingdom and developing nations.

    Attending Pearson's annual shareholders' meeting, Weingarten challenged Pearson to match its actions to its leadership's rhetoric about being a socially responsible company. A recent case in New Jersey showed that Pearson played a role in a chain of events that included monitoring students' social media accounts; more than 30,000 people have signed a petition demanding that Pearson end this practice.

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    Sign the petition


    Check out the Candidates!

    Check out the Candidates!

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    Educators welcome legislation to repeal excise tax on high-cost health plans

    WASHINGTON - April 28, 2015 -

    The National Education Association today supported efforts to fix flaws in the Affordable Care Act that could disproportionally hurt women and older workers. Legislation introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives will make that fix by repealing an impending excise tax on high-cost health plans.

    Published weekly by the National Education Association. To subscribe: www.nea.org/lac.

     


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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


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    Opportunities and support for students should not be held hostage by the governor.

    Governor Cuomo has said that if a school district doesn't have a new APPR in place for its teachers and principals by November 15, 2015, students and schools will be denied any increase in school aid. Support for our students should NOT be held hostage.

    Take action now at the NYSUT Member Action Center to urge lawmakers to de-couple school aid for our students from implementation of the revised APPR!

    Chancellor Merryl Tisch has definitively stated the need for an extension of the deadline for school districts to submit a new teacher evaluation plan until September 2016. The legislature must act now to ensure our students are protected.

    Take action now at the NYSUT Member Action Center to urge lawmakers to de-couple school aid for our students from implementation of the revised APPR!

    Please contact your legislators now!

     

    In solidarity,

    Andrew Pallotta
    NYSUT Executive Vice President



    P.S.: Don't let the governor hold school aid hostage to his
    test-and-punish agenda!


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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


    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.


    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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    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


    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


    Cathy Bonet, Sharlene Brown, Kathleen Galligan
    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
    Monserrate Rubino, Caryl Schwartz, Mary Sitgraves
    Glen Uller, Margaret Whelan

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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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    Norwood, NJ 07648


     

     


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