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New York Regents Will Vote on Teacher-Principal Evaluation Plan on September 16-17:

Call Your Regent!

The Board of Regents will vote at their Sept. 16-17 meeting on making the new teacher-principal evaluation rules permanent. The current rules were adopted on a temporary “emergency” basis.


Comments by school board candidate are raising eyebrows

Lorenzo Williams is running for the Rochester school board. News10NBC was at a candidates forum where he appeared to question the motives of white teachers in the district. Comments made by the school board candidate are being questioned by some people Thursday.


One alarming map shows what today’s school ‘reformers’ are missing

In their efforts to change the public education system, today’s school reformers pay close attention to things such as  standardized test scores, graduation and attendance rates, curriculum standards and per-student cost.


The real reasons behind the U.S. teacher shortage

There’s a teacher shortage across the United States — but that’s not exactly news. The U.S. Department of Education maintains an annual list — state by state — showing the subject areas in which there are too few teachers going back to the 1990-91 school year. What’s new is the size of the shortage and the reasons for it.


N.Y. schools commissioner: It’s ‘unethical’ for educators to support testing opt-out movement

In New York state this past spring, some 20 percent of students refused to take the 2015 state-mandated Common Core standardized tests in math and English language arts, highlighting the growth of a high-stakes testing “opt out” movement around the country.


Opt-out spike complicates teacher evaluations

With more than 20 percent of eligible third- through eighth-grade students "opting out" of taking the state math and English language arts exams, school districts statewide are realizing they may not have enough data to evaluate student and teacher performances and are cobbling together alternatives.


Education Department Releases ELA & Math Testing Results

The numbers are in, and Rochester students failed to make the grade. The State Education Department has released the results of the 2015 English Language Arts and Math Tests for grades 3 through 8. The state reports that on average, students have made incremental progress since 2013, the first year the Common Core testing was administered, but in Rochester students did not meet the state average.


Monroe High School Students Get 'Jump-start' On School Year

It may feel a little early, but for many Rochester city school students it's already back to school time. Nearly 600 students at James Monroe High School have half-days of classes which started Monday. New York State launched a drive to improve public schools last week. A law passed this spring said underperforming schools like Monroe High must show significant academic progress -- or be taken over by an outside receiver.

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The Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk Sunday, October 18, 2015


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RTA Endorsements

As teachers and unionists, we have much at stake. In this year’s Democratic Party primaries, the Rochester Teachers Association has endorsed Mary Adams, Malik Evans, Liz Hallmark and Willa Powell as candidates for the Rochester City Board of Education.

Click here for complete list of endorsements…

MILEAGE REIMBURSEMENT


To claim mileage reimbursement, the Rochester City School District is now requiring that mileage be entered on a new system named ConcurPaper vouchers will no longer be accepted.  Month-by-month submission within Monroe County is required. 


All mileage reimbursement must be filed no later than July 31st of any given year.

Colleagues,


Welcome back. As you already know, teachers return to work tomorrow (Superintendent’s Conference Day) while students report Wednesday and Thursday this week. We’re all off for Labor Day this Friday and next week on Monday. We, at the RTA, look forward to continuing to serve you during the 2015-2016 school year. And first, we want to give you an update on some of the issues that may be of interest to you:


  1. Negotiations

  2. APPR

  3. Receivership

  4. Political Endorsements

  5. Town Hall on Common Core

  6. Labor Day Parade


Click here to read entire letter…


HOMEWORK HOTLINE HOSTS NEEDED!

Homework Hotline is seeking teachers to be involved with the hosting of the live call-in show. The current needs are to add two hosts. One host with math or science qualifications, the other an ELA teacher who will do a special ELA segment once a month on Homework Hotline.

Please see the links below for the job description and application for further information on specific qualifications. Application packets are due by Friday October 30, 2015. Please direct any questions to Dawn Hohmann, Dial-A-Teacher Director. dhohmann@rochesterteachers.com

Click here for Job Description and Application…


HOMEWORK HOTLINE HOSTS NEEDED!


Homework Hotline is seeking teachers to be involved with the hosting of the live call-in show. The current needs are to add two hosts. One host with math or science qualifications, the other an ELA teacher who will do a special ELA segment once a month on Homework Hotline.


Please see the links below for the job description and application for further information on specific qualifications. Application packets are due by Friday October 30, 2015. Please direct any questions to Dawn Hohmann, Dial-A-Teacher Director. dhohmann@rochesterteachers.com


Click here for Job Description and Application…

Rochester Teachers Care!

DéVaughn Webb-Yeomas, entering kindergarten, hugs his pre-K teacher Rebekka Cranmer