BSCTA News Archive

  • We need a 21st-century Glass-Steagall Act

    08.22.2016/General News
    When the economy crashed in 2008-09, it meant disaster for working and middle-class families. The recklessness of Wall Street created the biggest economic crisis since the Depression.  We're still fighting to make sure Wall Street can't do that to us again-but America's largest banks are even...
  • Think teachers aren't paid enough? It's worse then you think.

    08.21.2016/General News
    Everybody knows that nobody goes into teaching to get rich, but teachers don't expect to be penalized for their chosen profession. A new study finds that what is called the "teacher pay penalty" - the difference between teachers and comparable public workers - is bigger than ever.  In 2015, the...
  • Test scores are no cause for a victory lap

    08.20.2016/General News
      New York State's Board of Regents chancellor downplayed this year's state test scores on Wednesday, insisting that gains in English and math do not warrant a "victory lap."  "I think we've made it very clear that this year's exam cannot be compared [to last year's], and yet we have out there...
  • Facing pension spike, NYSUT looks to cut staff benefits

    08.19.2016/General News
    Facing a series of what they describe as spikes in their pension costs, employees of the state's major teachers union are facing possible pension benefit reductions, which are needed to keep the union from becoming insolvent in the next few years according to a letter obtained by the Times Union. ...
  • AFT Delegates call for ESSA Action

    08.03.2016/General News
    AFT convention delegates overwhelmingly approved a major resolution on July 19 that is designed to help turn the promise of the Every Student Succeeds Act into a constructive reality for schools-one that resets the test-and-punish climate that for too long has burdened students, educators and...
  • Updates from the AFT Convention

    I hope this email finds all of you doing well and enjoying your summer.  It has been an important summer for teachers as you will see below.  Last month, the AFT held their convention where they overwhelmingly approved a resolution to amend ESSA.  Other highlights from the convention included a...
  • Standing Strong for Public Education

    08.02.2016/General News
     Chicago teacher Erika Wozniak struck a strong, defiant tone against many of the gravest threats to public education when she stepped to the stage to accept honors as the AFT's 2016 Everyday Hero for teachers. The science teacher called out privatization, test-and-punish accountability and the...
  • Working together to improve educators' lives

    08.02.2016/General News
    Jamy Brice-Hyde knew educators were suffering high levels of stress, but when she got several reports of teacher suicides in one day, she felt desperate. She fired off a late-night email to ask for help, and 20 minutes later an AFT staff member called her back. "Are you OK?" was the first question...
  • Key US Lawmakers hails partnership with AFT

    08.02.2016/Political Action
    AFT delegates reserved time to hear from Rep. Bobby Scott (D-Va.), one of the union's most effective partners in Congress on issues that range from federal action on workplace violence to securing the Every Student Succeeds Act, the new education law that AFT President Randi Weingarten called a...
  • Minnesota senators lift up labor and elections

    08.01.2016/Political Action
    Al Franken may be funny-he was a comedian before he became a U.S. senator from Minnesota-but he and Amy Klobuchar, the state's senior senator, are serious about their commitment to the labor movement. Both spoke passionately about their union connections: Franken, as a member of three unions, and...
  • Long Island Teachers at the Battle of the Badges Police Tug of War

    07.26.2016/General News
    Long Island Teachers sponsored a tent at the Nassau vs Suffolk Battle of the Badges Police Tug of War last Friday at Jones Beach. The event went great! Thank you to all of the teachers that volunteered their time. Everyone did a great job!
  • Time to take action on ESSA

    07.25.2016/Political Action
    John King and the USDOE have written regulations to carry out ESSA.  As we suspected he is attempting to use the USDOE to overstep their authority onto the states. We need to send in recommendations to the USDOE before August 1st, we need to tell our federal lawmakers to tell John King to back off...
  • Teacher Registration Regulations

    I hope everyone is having a great summer.  Just an FYI that the registration window is now open.   Please click here and follow the directions: Be sure to register for the site by creating an account with a login name and password. Log in to TEACH.  After you log in, click the "TEACH online, TEACH...
  • Professional Development

    07.08.2016/General News
    The Professional Development Fund (PDF) is money set aside under Article VII of the contract between the Bay Shore Classroom Teachers Association and the Bay Shore Union Free School District to be used for teacher-initiated professional development. The contract calls for a specific amount of money...
  • Have a great summer

    On behalf of the BSCTA Executive Board, I would like to wish all members a relaxing and healthy summer vacation.  You deserve the extra time with your friends and family to make nothing but positive memories.  Remember: We don't have the summers off; we just do a year's worth of work in 10 months...
  • We Need to Act Now

    06.15.2016/Political Action
    We need your help NOW to fight several bills in Albany that attack public education and teachers. The Senate Republicans and the Independent Democratic Conference want to push through legislation that strips millions of dollars from New York public schools with a revived Education Tax Credit;...

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