Tell the Supreme Court to protect working people's voice on the job.
This month, the Supreme Court will hear Janus v. AFSCME Council 31 a case brought by corporate elites to further rig the rules against working people. It's important for all of us to make our voices heard against the power of these wealthy special interests. Will you add your name?
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TO: Local PresidentsFROM: Matt Jacobs, Regional Staff Director
DATE: February 8, 2018
RE: NYSUT Will Not Promote or Encourage Participation in the
Commissioner's APPR Survey
Executive VP Jolene DiBrango has asked that the following message be shared with all K-12 teacher local presidents:
As you may know, the New York State Commissioner of Education released an APPR survey on Tuesday that took everyone by surprise.
We have spent time carefully examining the survey and believe it may lead to unreliable and invalid data due to the way it has been constructed. As a result, we released the following statement Tuesday evening to the press:
“The state has had at least six years to listen to the voices of teachers and parents who are angry and frustrated with this broken teacher evaluation system. We don't need any more surveys or delays. This is the year to fix it. Evaluations must be returned to local control with no state mandates.”
We will not be sharing a link to the survey through the Member or Leader Briefings or encouraging our members to participate in it. I will be communicating this to the Commissioner.
NYSUT continues to advocate for an APPR fix this year. We want a system that restores trust, helps develop teachers and is free of state mandates. Returning APPR to local control is the only answer.
Regional Staff Director, Nassau
Office Tel: (516) 496-2035
Mobile: (516) 319-7065
Fax: (516) 921-2964
BE the union! www.nysut.org/unionvalue
In addition to the Len Motisi Memorial Scholarship, the Long Island Teachers Benevolent Fund offers grants for:
Financial Grant For Castastrophic Loss
These applications are also posted on the bmust.org website.
Good evening ED 17 Presidents,
This evening, NYSUT EVP Jolene DiBrango posted a message on Facebook regarding a survey that has been distributed by SED without any notification to NYSUT. I reached out to her for further clarification.
NYSUT became aware of the evidently slanted survey through a local president who shared it with an LRS. As per the message below, we should be receiving guidance on Thursday.
I haven't received a survey yet but will be keeping an eye out.
Jolene's post on Facebook...
"I want to be clear. We want APPR fixed now. We want all state mandates removed. We want a return to local control. If you are a NYSUT teacher and received a survey in your inbox today, please know that we are carefully examining the survey to provide you with the best guidance we can before you start the survey. That information will be available to your local president on Thursday. #solidarity #1u #APPR"
BMUST belongs to the Long Island Teachers’ Benevolent Fund (LITBF), which offers a yearly scholarship, (the Len Motisi Memorial Scholarship) to high school seniors graduating this year, who will be attending a post-secondary institution on a full time basis and whose parent is an active teacher in a Long Island local. Many of our members’ sons and daughters have been awarded this scholarship over the years.
The attached application must be sent back to me at the BMUST office no later than March 7, 2018 to get my signature on it and for me to send it to LITBF before the deadline of March 14, 2018. We are also putting these forms on our website, www.bmust.org. The application has a section that must be completed by your child’s Guidance Counselor. You must include a copy of the school transcript, with the current GPA on it and include a copy of the SAT or ACT scores. If the transcript does not contain the GPA, your Guidance Counselor must submit a statement with the scores. So please fill the form in as soon as possible and forward it to me through inter-office mail.
Attached please find a Scholarship Announcement/Application for students impacted by ALS (Lou Gehrig's Disease).
The Lawrence TA has gone 7 years without a contract. Efforts have been made recently to shame their Board of Education on Facebook and Twitter. They're asking fellow unionists and friends to follow them on Facebook (Lawrence Teachers Association). Just recently their Board of Education asked to resume negotiations so they feel the shaming on Facebook and Twitter has had a positive effect.
Please join them on Facebook and Twitter as soon as possible.
Please read the following message from Jennifer Landry - the BMUST chair of the JPPC:
Feedback from parent-teacher conferences was discussed at the December 14, 2017 JPPC meeting. BMUST is looking for input from our members concerning the timing and implementation of the conferences. Below you will find a link to a short survey concerning the conferences. Your input will help guide our discussion at the next JPPC meeting. If you would kindly submit the linked form by Friday, January 19 - this will allow time for us to work through your input before the next meeting.
Thank you in advance for your time and input. Here is the link to the survey: