Public education needs your help in fighting the one house budget that is redirecting millions to charter schools. If at all possible, please attend one of the rallies listed below. There is one in Nassau and one in Suffolk.
In addition, especially if these individuals are your senators, make a call to demand that they support public education and stop giving money to charter schools.
State Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan-
Long Island number- 631-361-2154
Albany number- 518-455-2071
State Senator Elaine Phillips-
Long Island number- 516-746-5924
Albany number- 518-453265
Don't be fooled that this will not impact "schools like ours". A parent in our District can choose to attend a charter and if accepted, our District pays. With increased funding and the charter cap lifted, charters will be popping up with different "specialties" in order to attract attention. This isn't about improving public education-it's about profiting off of public education dollars.
We must stay vigilant.
After faxing and calling since the Senate Republicans one house budget was released last week, NYSUT is now asking us to ramp up the pressure on several Senate Republicans around the state given their position on handing out millions in additional aid to charters and removing the cap on charters.
Its time to let them Hear our Voice.
This Friday, March 24th at 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Suffolk-rally in front of State Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan- 260 E Main St #203, Smithtown, NY 11787
Nassau- Rally in front of State Senator Elaine Phillips - 252 Mineola Boulevard, Mineola, NY 11501-2421
The New York State Senates one house budget bill promotes the corporate charter school industry at the expense of our public schools. Some of the most egregious parts of this budget bill include:
Increase the dollars the local school district has to pay for each charter enrollee.
Eliminates the cap on charter schools; fueling expansion.
Increase the amount of money to faculty at charters which is in addition to the extra per student increase they will
receive this year.
Building aid (for charters) increases is expanded beyond NYC.
This all comes at a cost to our schools and more importantly the students - our children - that attend. Presently the public schools are owed millions of dollars from Albany and the charter schools are sitting on unlimited reserves (something public schools cannot do).
Please come with signs and your voices!!!
Long Island Political Organizer
I am very pleased to announce the recipients of this years' BMUST awards, chosen by their peers in the buildings and by members of the Board of Trustees. Each award winner will be honored at the Annual BMUST Awards Dinner Dance.
Richard Anderson & Jessica Cimmino (Posthumous Awards) - Grand Avenue Middle School
Darlene Boden - Meadowbrook Alternative Program
Jason Elias - Calhoun High School
David Kommor - Mepham High School
Lisa Scherer - Kennedy High School
Lisa Shapiro - Merrick Avenue Middle School
LOU DeFILIPPO OUTSTANDING UNION SERVICE AWARD:
Heather Castellano – Mepham High School
PARA SPECIAL SERVICE AWARD:
Laura O’Callaghan – Merrick Avenue Middle School
PRESIDENT’S CHOICE AWARD:
Bruce Reed – Kennedy High School
PATRICIA CHRISTY OUTSTANDING RETIREE AWARD:
COMMUNITY SERVICE AWARD:
Community Cupboard Staff:
Darlene Boden - Meadowbrook Alternative Program
Catrina Christensen - Meadowbrook Alternative Program
Karin McMahon – Mepham High School
Tiffany Rzempoluch - Meadowbrook Alternative Program
FRIEND OF EDUCATION AWARD:
Senator Todd Kaminsky – 9th Senate District
Every year BMUST honors one individual in each building as an “Outstanding Professional”. These colleagues are recognized for their professional excellence at our annual dinner in June.
The recipient of this award may include teachers, school counselors, psychologists, social workers, nurses and other members of our union. We are asking for your input in the selection process.
Please nominate a colleague by February 15 and also indicate the reason for your selection. All nominations should be returned to your Head Building Representative.
Please be assured that all correspondence will remain confidential.
We thank you for your cooperation.
The Robert G. Porter Scholars Program offers four 4-year, $8,000 post-secondary scholarships to graduating senior students who are dependents of AFT members, as well as 10 one-time $1,000 grants to AFT members to assist with their continuing education and/or fund their proposed ideas to strengthen and grow their union..
For more details and eligibility requirements, go online at:
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 6, 2017 to get my signature on it and for me to send it to LITBF before the deadline of March 13, 2017. 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 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.
On January 31, 2017, The Bellmore-Merrick Central High School District along with SEPTA is pleased to announce our 10th annual Transition Fair for students with disabilities. The event is hosted by Sanford H. Calhoun High located at 1786 State Street, Merrick, NY 11566.
This fair is designed to help students with special needs reach their fullest potential by engaging them along with their parents in a workshop style of the transition process. Whether it is eligibility determination, employment opportunity, supported living or self-direction services, the various organizations and agencies across Long Island that participate are there to help target your specific needs.
The events highlights are subjects including determination to special needs trusts for social security benefits, Medicaid and Non-Medicaid services. All workshops are given by expert representatives who specialize in the field of disability rights. A questions and answer opportunity to follow at the booths after the workshop presentations.
High point of the night, our student workshop! This workshop is a way for students to take part in understanding the transition process by listening to Bellmore-Merrick alumni who have already taken part in the pre-vocational and vocational experiences. Following the workshop, students will participate in a guided scavenger hunt with opportunity to win prizes. Refreshments will be provided to students.
Pre-registration is open up to the day of the event, January 31, 2017. All inquiries can be made to email@example.com or by following the link below.
Cheryl Gitlitz, LCSW
District Wide Transition Coordinator
High School District
Yesterday was history. Tomorrow is a mystery.
But, today is a gift. That is why they call it the present.
Thank you again for everything that you are doing to get everyone through this. Together we are strong and can get through anything. In case you have not received the donation information, I thought I would send it out.
The family and friends of Jessica have put together a Go Fund Me page and we just wanted to share it with you:https://www.gofundme.com/ralphie-and-gabby
Please do what you can to help her family, whether it's with a donation, sharing the page, or both.
Thank you again!
Carlo A. Conte
Grand Avenue MS
Below is a link that will take you to a list of members who are on the Senate Health Education Labor and Pension Committee (HELP). This committee will begin hearings on January 17, on the recommendation for Secretary of Education, Betsy Devos.
There will be more sharing of information regarding educating our communities on what "school choice" truly means; however, the hearings are happening soon.
Please take the time to make these calls. No matter what your party affiliation is, you must realize that it is public education that has been the one constant that offers opportunity toALL students. We may not have control over how each individual student and his or her family takes advantage of that opportunity, but we must do what we can to protect it.
We cannot allow public education to be dismantled on our watch.
Tomia Smith, ED17 Director