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Testing's not the key to educational success

Governor Andrew Cuomo and other critics of education view teaching and learning as a business – and as such, they believe teachers and schools should be held accountable for students' successes and failures.


More Conflict Over Cutting Federal Role in Education

As the House of Representatives prepared to take up a Republican proposal for the reauthorization of No Child Left Behind, Congress and the White House on Monday inched toward a confrontation over the federal role in education.


How Twitter is changing the national Common Core debate

Is Twitter affecting the national debate on the Common Core State Standards initiative? Three researchers working on a digital reporting project say “yes” — and they call this the first national policy conversation played out in social media.


Letter from PS 321 Teachers

It is with heavy hearts that we, the teachers at 321, reach out to you to ask for your help. Governor Cuomo has proposed major changes to teacher evaluations in New York State. We want to let you know, from a teacher’s perspective, the changes this law could bring to PS 321 – and to our profession – if it passes.


‘Live with Kelly and Michael’ Top Teacher is quitting: I can’t ‘drill ‘em and kill ‘em’

Stacie Starr is a mother and a ninth grade intervention specialist in Elyria City Schools in Ohio who was selected as “Top Teacher” last year in a national search by the popular television show “Live with Kelly and Michael.” Now, though she still loves to teach, she is quitting.


At New York Private Schools, Challenging White Privilege From the Inside

On a recent morning, 20 or so high school students, most of them white, milled about the meetinghouse at Friends Seminary, a private school in Manhattan.


DearGovernorCuomo,

We do nothaveschool today becauseof the wind chillfactor. The temperature is currently -5 degrees with a wind chill factor of -25 degrees. The safety of the students is the deciding factor to close our schools today as per the superintendents in western New York.


Bennett challenged for Regents seat

After 20 years on the powerful board that sets New York State’s education policy, Robert M. Bennett faces a highly unusual challenge from an attorney and three longtime educators to continue as a state regent.


Rochester special-ed plan draws union ire

An important change in the way thousands of Rochester students receive special-education services is taking shape as a battle during the district's 2015-16 budget season. Supt. Bolgen Vargas' proposal would impact classrooms in nearly every school in Rochester. 


You made it personal: We are not the enemy

Dear Governor Cuomo: We are teachers. We have given our hearts and souls to this noble profession. We have pursued intellectual rigor.


RCSD Teachers Send Postcards Inviting Governor To Their Classroom

"Dear Governor Cuomo."


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.

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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.

Hope you had a restful February recess. Here are a few timely reminders and some issues that we are pursuing on your behalf:

 

  1. Absenteeism Reduction Plan

  2. Job Sharing

  3. Negotiations 

  4. RTA Facebook

  5. This Thursday

Learn more…

RTA Crime Victims Assistance Committee

February / March 2015 Workshop Series

4:15 - 6:15 p.m.

RTA office

30 North Union Street


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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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The Action Committee has developed the following “action” in response to your concern about the ICOT elimination for K-2 and 6-12.  We are urging all RTA members to e-mail the Board of Education and Superintendent Vargas a letter stating your objection to this policy. A sample letter with the talking points is included for your convenience.


Bolgen.Vargas@RCSDK12.org               Van.White@theelegalbrief.com

malik@malilevans.org                            countyleg@hotmail.com (Jose’ Cruz)

Mary.Adams@RCSDK12.org                  MeliszaCampos@hotmail.com

Cynthiaelliott1938@yahoo.com           Willa.Powell@RCSDK12.org


Write and let your voice be heard!

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February 26 - 4pm - Minerva DeLand

March @ 4:30pm - Forum @ 7pm

Revised Plan for Rally and Forum

 

The “Mighty Minutes Incentive Program” is a voluntary program

being offered by the district and is not mandated.