BSCTA News Archive

  • State task force holds hearings on Common Core Friday, Nov. 6th

    11.05.2015/Community
    newsday.com A state task force will hold simultaneous public hearings on controversial Common Core academic standards, testing and curriculum Friday in Stony Brook and at four other sites across the state, amid complaints by many parents, teachers and others that the late-afternoon format will...
  • As Educators we must make our collective voice heard at the polls!

    Even though this year's elections are for local County, Town and City offices, it is very important for all teachers and their families to get out and vote.  Our neighbors in the community are looking for union educators to come out and vote their values.  If you are unsure who to cast your ballot...
  • Gov.'s Chief ed Adviser's firm major supplier to state ed

    11.02.2015/General News
    One of the governor's chief education advisers is employed by a firm that does millions of dollars of business with the state's schools, although that has not been disclosed to the public.  Richard Parsons, the leader of an earlier state education commission that recommended heavy investment in...
  • Regent's Leader to Step Down

    10.27.2015/General News
    This article first appeared in Newsday by John Hildebrand Regents Chancellor Merryl Tisch, one of New York's top education policymakers and an ardent supporter of the Common Core national academic standards, said Monday she will step down in March to help free the state from a "quagmire" of...
  • Obama & Cuomo’s Education Statements Offer NO Testing Relief or Reduction

    10.26.2015/Political Action
    This weekend President Obama's administration acknowledged its role and responsibility in the massive expansion of testing in schools, and declared US Department of Education would be part of the solution. The "solution" proposed, is a non-binding recommendation to cap the tests at 2% of...
  • Pres. Obama Encourages Limits on Testing

    10.25.2015/General News
    By Christopher Doering, USATODAY President Obama says students are spending too much time in the classroom taking tests, many of them unnecessary, and urged officials in the country’s schools to take steps to administer fewer and more meaningful exams. The White House said Saturday the...
  • Say No to a Charter in Bay Shore

    10.20.2015/Political Action
    Assemblyman Phil Ramos sent this message over for all of our teachers and parents.  ATTENTION ALL RESIDENTS! The Long Island Children s Academy is discreetly holding a last minute, short notice, what they call, "Community Forum" at the Brentwood Recreation center this Friday Oct 23 from 6PM to 8PM...
  • Legal Security Package Update

    10.13.2015/General News
    A reminder that the attorneys from Feldman Kramer and Monaco, our NYSUT appointed law firm, will be conducting appointments at the BSCTA office on Monday, October 26th between 2:30 and 5 PM.    If you had your meeting last school year,  you can complete the signing/notarizing of your prepared wills...
  • NYSUT Statement on John King’s Appointment as Acting U.S. Secretary of Education

    10.03.2015/General News
    "New York State United Teachers is disappointed in John King’s appointment as acting U.S. Secretary of Education. NYSUT has always considered John King an ideologue with whom we disagreed sharply on many issues during his tenure as the state’s Education Department commissioner. Just last year, our...
  • The Seattle Educators’ Strike for Social Justice

    09.23.2015/General News
    This article orignally appeared on Diane Ravitch's Blog. Jesse Hagopian teaches history and is the adviser to the Black Student Union at Garfield High School–the site of the historic boycott of the MAP test in 2013–and is an associate editor for the acclaimed Rethinking Schools magazine. Jesse is...
  • BSCTA New Teacher Workshops and Workshop Schedule‏

    09.21.2015/General News
    Greetings New Teachers! Welcome to Bay Shore!  I hope that you have made a wonderful transition into your teaching assignment.  As a new teacher, Bay Shore requires you to attend professional development workshops throughout the year offered by the BSCTA (Bay Shore Classroom Teacher Association)....
  • NYSUT defense of educators’ free speech moves forward

    09.17.2015/Political Action
    ALBANY, N.Y. Sept. 17, 2015 — New York State United Teachers today hailed a federal court ruling allowing the union’s challenge of the state ‘gag order’ that prohibits teachers from speaking about state tests to proceed.   In rejecting the state’s motion to dismiss, U.S. District Judge Gary Sharpe...
  • NYSUT calls on the Regents to stop the insanity

    09.14.2015/Political Action
    ALBANY, N.Y. Sept. 9, 2015 - New York State United Teachers today called on the members of the state Board of Regents to vote "No" on the June emergency regulations on teacher evaluations; provide all immediate relief possible through changes to the draft regulations; and work with parents and...
  • Paint Your Community Red - Sept 17th

    09.14.2015/Political Action
     
  • Fact Sheet 15-15: Changes to tenure and the tenured teacher removal process

    09.10.2015/General News
    Download Complete Document Chapter 56 of the Laws of 2015 includes a number of amendments to New York State (NYS) Education Law that address teacher preparation and certification, tenure, annual professional performance reviews (APPR), testing reduction, school receivership, and teacher removal. ...
  • Cuomo calls for review of Common Core standards, curriculum, tests

    09.04.2015/General News
      September 3, 2015 10:52 PMBy JOHN HILDEBRAND AND JOIE TYRRELL Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, citing growing parent opposition to Common Core testing, called Thursday for a sweeping review of the state's academic standards, curriculum guides and exams. The governor's announcement made no mention of a...

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