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An urgent message from NYSUT President Karen E. Magee

"Sisters and brothers, Gov. Cuomo has declared war on our profession and our union," says Magee.

Diane Ravitch: Andrew Cuomo’s attack on public schools

Gov. Cuomo’s reform agenda for the schools is dangerously wrong. It will harm students, teachers and public education. It will waste taxpayer dollars on failed policies. The governor says that our public schools are in crisis. In fact, they rank the same on national tests as 20 years ago — in the middle of the pack. Only 30% of our students passed the new Common Core tests, but 80% passed the state tests they replaced. Scores fell not because students or teachers got worse, but because the new tests were designed to fail 70% of students.

Mom: Common Core wants kids to develop reading skills at the same pace. My daughters didn’t.

Early childhood experts have raised the alarm about some of the Common Core State Standards in the earliest grades, saying that they are not developmentally appropriate. The Core calls for kindergartners to develop reading skills, which some kindergartners are capable of accomplishing. But plenty of them are not ready to, and some can take into third grade (and beyond) to feel confident with reading

Fact Sheet on Opting-Out of State Tests

Parents and teachers share deep concerns about over-testing resulting from the state's botched implementation of the Common Core Learning Standards (CCLS). Concerns include: stress on students, appropriateness of tests, erosion of learning time and lack of state transparency on test content. Parents who decide it is not in their children's best interests to take these assessments are part of an "Opt-Out" movement that is growing nationally and in New York state. NYSUT fully supports parents' right to choose what is best for their children - including NYSUT members who decide as parents to opt their child out of state tests.

Teacher to legislators: Here’s how your decisions impact my students every single day

Lori Rice is a fourth-grade teacher at West Elementary in Wamego, Kansas, who has  taught K-2 reading as well as kindergarten, first grade and fourth grade for the past 19 years. Her students read books that are held together by tape, and because of budget cuts her school does not have a full-time librarian, art teacher, technology teacher or music teacher.  As a result, she says, “our schedules are limited and cannot be arranged for what is best for students.”

Gov. Cuomo calls for changes to teacher evaluations

Governor Andrew Cuomo is proposing tougher guidelines for teacher evaluations and teachers we spoke with say they don't like the idea. Last week, we heard from a teacher critical of the state's evaluation system in our New York State Exposed report. Now, during his State of the State address, the governor is pushing for stricter evaluations for teachers based on how their students score

NYSUT: Governor Cuomo Needs to Hear From YOU!

Today, Governor Cuomo will present his budget when he gives his State of the State address. It is no secret that we are under attack by the Governor. For us to win the public must hear the voices of teachers. And when I say the voices of teachers, Governor Cuomo and the public need to hear from everyday classroom teachers. In short, they need to hear from you. That is why I am asking that all of us get out on social media between now and April 1st, the budget deadline, to call out Cuomo and tell him what our schools, students, and communities really need for public education in New York. 

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Lawmakers Propose End to Annual Testing

Congressman Chris Gibson (R-NY) and Congresswoman Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) are sponsoring legislation to banish federally mandated annual testing. Everyone who is opposed to the overuse and misuse of standardized testing should support this bill. It is called The Student Testing Improvement and Accountability Act.


Student Learning Objective Dispute Form

To Whom It may Concern:
I cannot sign my Student Learning Objective (SLO) for one or more of the following reason(s):

  1. Required student information was not accurate, accessible and/or provided in a timely manner.

  2. The District did not provide me with sufficient and /or any training on the development of the SLO.

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Attention Possible June 2015 Retirees

You must notify HCI Director Harry Kennedy in writing by March 1, 2015 of your retirement in June in order to claim any money you have accumulated in the Absence Reduction Plan (RTA Contract Section 60, page 95). Be sure to send a copy of your correspondence to the RTA.

New York State's education policy should not be about settling political scores.

Take action now at the NYSUT Member Action Center to watch and share our new TV ad demanding that the governor support our future and fairly fund our public schools!

With Gov. Cuomo's January 21 State of the State address expected to focus on education, we expect and insist that the governor's plan for education focus on the state's Constitutional responsibility to provide adequate funding for public schools ... and not on political posturing and responding to the demands of profit-seeking corporate special interests and hedge-fund billionaires.


You can still sign up for this Thursday’s RTA Dinner Seminar on SLOs (Click here for SLO flyer). Register on Generation Ready for this timely and informative session and receive two PD credits.

For most teachers, the deadline for completing SLO’s is February 13. The deadline is March 13 for K-2 teachers, ESOL teachers, Special Ed consultants, Special Ed Resource teachers, and Special Ed Self-Contained teachers. While supervisors are required to sign off, please remember that it is the teacher not administrator, who sets the SLO targets. Go to the RTA website to print out the SLO Dispute Form, if necessary. And if you have any questions, related to APPR generally or SLOs specifically, please email the APPR Team

As always, contact us at the RTA so we can help.

RTA Crime Victims Assistance Committee

February March 2015 Workshop Series

4:15 - 6:15 p.m.

RTA office

30 North Union Street

All RTA members are welcome to attend.  Light refreshments are provided.  You must register in advance using the form below.  Return your completed form to the RTA office as soon as possible.  Space is limited; registrants will be accepted in the order in which registrations are received. Upon application to their school SBPT, attendees may receive Professional Development credit.

Questions? Leave a message for Greta Davis, CVAC Chair, at the RTA office: 546 2681

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Air Force Association, Teacher of the Year

Rochester Teachers Association and Air Force Chapter 308 have joined “forces” to recognize up to 2 classroom teachers for their accomplishments and achievements in exciting K-12 students about science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). 

Any RTA Representative or building Administrator may submit a maximum of two nominations per building.  Each nomination must be submitted on a separate form and include the reason(s) why that teacher should be considered.

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Information for Teachers Considering Transfer to East High

Anyone interested in applying to transfer in to East should be familiar with and  will be asked to support the following documents: the EPO Plan and the East High Contract.

Applications for the 2015-2016 school year will be available online only from January 30, 2015 at 12pm through February 27, 2015 at 4pm at the link: http://schooltransfer.rcsd.dom

Note: Members must go through RCSD Intranet

At Home members should go through Citrx

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