BSCTA News Archive

  • NYSUT sues to defend collective bargaining rights

    01.28.2016/Political Action
    New York State United Teachers today filed suit saying that the State Education Department's actions on Teacher Improvement Plans violate the state's Taylor Law and teachers' collective bargaining rights. The suit filed in state Supreme Court in Albany on behalf of four teachers and six local...
  • In Honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

    01.15.2016/General News
    Eighty-seven years ago today, a great American, humanitarian, and civil rights activist was born; Martin Luther King, Jr.  In his far-too-short life, the Reverend Dr. King appealed to the conscience of our nation, held our great country to its highest ideals, and challenged all of us to see, and...
  • Record involvement this year

    The Holiday season is upon us and I hope everyone is looking forward to spending time with family and friends. Looking back on 2015, it has been great to see more of our members involved with union activities and keeping themselves informed on critical issues facing our profession. This year we had...
  • Happy Holidays- Click to Care

    12.22.2015/Community
    Season's Greetings! As Educators we witness the magic of the Season as students look forward to the winter break and all its celebrations. Sadly, the Holidays can be a difficult time for some children especially the poor and disadvantaged. Click here for a list of local Long Island charities that...
  • Celebrating the Holiday's at Bay Shore Schools

    12.21.2015/General News
    Above is a photo of the students at Brooke Avenue performing a Holiday Concert showcasing the diversity of cultures and festivities of the Holiday Season. BSCTA members all collaborated to organize a concert like this where hundreds of parents proudly attend. Nice work to the members for organizing...
  • NYSTRS' Year in Review

    12.18.2015/General News
    For 94 years it has been our pleasure to provide NYSTRS members with a secure pension in retirement. More than 158,000 retired members and beneficiaries receive a NYSTRS benefit today and nearly 268,000 active members can look forward to the same security in the future.   In achieving our mission...
  • In big shift, Regents vote to exclude state tests from teacher evals until 2019

    12.15.2015/Political Action
    This article orignally appeared on Chalkbeat, written by Monica Disare. In a dramatic reversal, New York’s Board of Regents voted Monday to suspend the use of state standardized test scores in teacher evaluations for four years. According to the proposal state officials presented Monday, teachers...
  • Opt-Out Campaign Must Continue

    12.14.2015/Political Action
    This article was written by Alan Singer, a Social Studies Educator at Hofstra Univerity.  The parent and teacher campaign to have children opt-out of high-stakes Common Core aligned testing is remarkably successful. In New York, 20% of students refused to take the high-stakes tests last April. The...
  • Impact of ESSA Unclear

    12.13.2015/Political Action
    President Barack Obama signed the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) this week. The new legislation reauthorizes federal law governing K-12 public education. In 1965 we called it the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). Until today we called it No Child Left Behind (NCLB). And now after a...
  • How far will N.Y. Gov. Cuomo really go in overhauling Common Core?

    12.13.2015/Political Action
    This article first appeared in the Washington Post, written by Valerie Strauss. Last week, a task force created by New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) to review Common Core curriculum and aligned standardized testing issued a report with a series of recommendations on how to change the standards and...
  • Cuomo Task Force Says Stop the Clock on Common Core

    12.11.2015/Political Action
    A Common Core task force convened by Gov. Andrew Cuomo released on Dec. 10 a report calling for a complete rewrite of state standards and related curriculum and tests. As that process unfolds, the task force recommended that the state declare a ban on using state growth scores to evaluate students...
  • NYSAPE Survey Shows New Yorkers Overwhelmingly Reject Common Core Standards, Tests & Evaluation Policies

    12.04.2015/Political Action
    In response to NYS Education Department’s AimHighNY survey on the Common Core that many parents and teachers found excessively complex and not open to general comments, New York State Allies for Public Education created a user-friendly survey and posted it online between November 23 and November 30...
  • Cuomo to be indicted?

    12.03.2015/Political Action
    This article was orignally reported in the Buffalo Chronicle. United States Attorney Preet Bharara feels emboldened, sources say, following the conviction of former Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver — on all of seven corruption charges. Despite lacking a “smoking gun” to constitute an explicit quid...
  • No easy options for Cuomo on coupling of tests and teacher evaluations

    11.30.2015/Political Action
    This article was written by Keshia Clukey and appeared in Capital New York. ALBANY — Gov. Andrew Cuomo's reported plan to retreat from a politically fraught linkage of test scores and teacher evaluations could turn out to be pretty complicated, too.  Cuomo has been “quietly pushing” to reduce or...
  • Newsday: Flap over charter school forums in Brentwood, Central Islip

    11.28.2015/Community
    by JOIE TYRRELL, Newsday   Organizers of a proposed charter school in the Brentwood and Central Islip districts have tried to suppress participation in public forums to keep critics from speaking out against the project, some public school officials and Assemb. Phil Ramos (D-Brentwood) have charged...
  • Happy Thanksgiving BSCTA

    The Bay Shore Classroom Teachers want to wish everyone a very Happy Thanksgiving. Enjoy the time you have with family and friends and be thankful for the many blessings we have. Stay safe as you travel during this very busy season and if shopping on Black Friday be courteous to the retail workforce...

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