Dear BMUST Members,
Thanks to all who participated in the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk this year. The temperature was a bit cool, but it did not deter us from participating in this worthwhile event.
All donations will be sent to the American Cancer Society to aid their research and programs for breast cancer patients.
Once again, thank you for your generous support and commitment to this worthy cause.
BMUST Public Relations
Please see the attached flyer regarding the FREE conference NYSUT is offering to members in the first five years of their career.
If you are interested in attending, please contact the BMUST office to register, before November 29.
Breakfast and Lunch will be served and a Cocktail Reception will conclude the conference.
Meg Hirsch9:41 AM (4 hours ago)
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Open enrollment is from November 1, 2018 through December 31, 2018!
Please see the attached memo and forms regarding Open Enrollment.
Twelve years ago, the NYS Court of Appeals ordered the State to make good on the promise of its Constitution to provide each of its children with a “sound basic education”. The Foundation Aid formula, created by the State, was borne out of the mandate from the Court to address disparities in student needs from one district to another by providing more funding to districts with higher numbers of students in-need to ensure that all receive a sound basic education.
Unfortunately, New York hasn’t abided by the court order and has all but abandoned distributing funding based on its own formula. The result: Long Island school districts are owed $871 million for the current school year alone. The funding shortfall is even more stark for the ten predominantly minority districts who are owed more than half that total. Westbury is owed $41 million from last year and another $37 million for this year.
The State’s ten-year record of consistently underfunding certain school districts has been devastating to black and Latino communities and can no longer be tolerated. Eighty percent of predominantly minority school districts have been underfunded for over a decade. Minority districts are three times as likely to be underfunded as other districts. We cannot let this happen any longer.
Because the last ten years have undermined our confidence that the State will do the right thing unless action is taken, the Westbury School Board is filing a Complaint with the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights. The Complaint asserts that New York, the Excelsior State, is in violation of the Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 in its inequitable distribution of financial aid. The Office of Civil Rights has the authority to enjoin the State from distributing educational aid in a discriminatory manner. We expect it will live up to its mandate, even if the State won’t.
We are not asking for some new thing from the State. We are simply asking the State to do what we teach our children to do: Keep your promise! We owe that much to our students. Children who were in first grade in 2006 when this decision was passed graduated in 2018. That’s an entire generation of students who slipped through the cracks. We steadfastly refuse to let that happen to our next generation.
Join the fight to make it right!
Please join us for a press conference/rally on the steps of the Supreme Court in Mineola on Tuesday, October 23 at 11:30!
We are stronger together!
You can also join the fight to make it right by signing the attached letter and returning it to the
Westbury School District, 2 Hitchcock Lane, Westbury, NY 11590
BMUST will be participating in the phone banks at the NYSUT office (1000 Woodbury Road Suite 214, Woodbury) on Tuesday, October 23, from 3:30 pm - 5:30 pm.
If you would like to help out at the phone banks please email Meg in our office (email@example.com) as soon as possible.
If you have experienced a life change and would like to update your Designation of Beneficiary form, please print the attached document and submit to the BMUST Office (Central).
Please be sure to sign the bottom of the second page.
Please see the attached information regarding an important rally in Uniondale, on Tuesday, October 2, 2018.
BMUST Members are invited to participate in Veteran’s Day (Sunday, November 11th) this year by showing their support for U.S. Troops by making a donation to The United Way, entitling you to a short or long sleeve “Mission United” T-shirt.
All of the funds raised through the sale of Mission United T-Shirts will directly benefit United Way of Long Island’s Veteran assistance programs, which supports Long Island military veterans and their families as they transition to civilian life by addressing issues from financial needs to healthcare resources and educational programs.
We encourage members to participate in this valuable public expression of our support for our troops on Veteran’s Day. Additionally, those who participate help to showcase teachers in a positive light.
· PURCHASE A SHIRT BY FRIDAY, OCTOBER 5TH
· RECEIVE A “MISSION UNITED” T-SHIRT
· WEAR THE T-SHIRT ON TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 13
Mark Steinberg, BMUST President
Bruce Reed, BMUST Public Relations
Please return the attached form to Meg Hirsch at the BMUST Office (Brookside) along with your check made out to BMUST by Friday, October 5th.