BSCTA News Archive

  • Long Island Teachers: Exercise Your Right to Vote

    10.21.2016/Political Action
    Although hate, bullying and intolerance are on the Presidential ticket this Election Day, there are many other important local elections taking place here on Long Island. That's why all of us here at Long Island Teachers want to encourage you to get out to the polls and support the candidates that...
  • NYSUT Labor Walks and Phone Banks

    10.21.2016/Political Action
    NYSUT will be doing a labor walk for Anne Throne Holst, Democrat running for Congress in District 1 on Saturday October 22.  We will be meeting at the Middle Country TA Office, 325 Middle Country Road, Selden, at 9 AM.  Canvassers will go out in teams of 3 and you should be done by noon.  BSCTA...
  • Let your voice be heard

    Now is the time to make sure that your voice is heard. As you will see below, the State Education Department (SED) and their appointed members are working on changes to the English and Math standards. This is your opportunity to make sure that the people who will create the standards hear from...
  • English and Math Standards

    10.19.2016/Political Action
    On September 21, 2016, the State Education Department released a first draft of the NYS English and Mathematics Learning Standards.  Commissioner Elia and the SED are claiming the work done over the past year has resulted in "substantive" changes to what was known as the Common Core Learning...
  • NAACP Calls for Charter School Moratorium

    10.18.2016/General News
    Something wonderful happened today. Despite enormous ed-reform and political pressure, the Board of Directors of the NAACP stood strong and supported the delegates' resolution for a moratorium on charters.  You can read the press release issued by the NAACP here.  It says: We are calling for a...
  • Welcome back BSCTA

    We hope that everyone is experiencing an enjoyable start to the 2016-17 school year.  Below you will find some things that BSCTA has been working on this year.  I would first like to thank and congratulate our members on doing an excellent job at the recent  phone banks for Phil Ramos.  This was...
  • Phone banking for public education

    09.27.2016/Political Action
    Last year, Bay Shore School District faced an unprecedented attack from a charter school.  Many of you came out to oppose the charter school and to support our school district.  One of the elected officials who joined us in that fight was Assemblyman Phil Ramos.  Due to his opposition to the...
  • Pledge to vote

    09.25.2016/Political Action
    As a block of voters, teachers in New York State can have a major impact on elections both on a state and local level. However, last year less than 1/3 of teachers who were registered to vote actually did so. These numbers must change!   No matter whom you vote for, the fact that our profession...
  • The results of the financial collapse still being felt

    I hope this email finds everyone enjoying their last few weeks of summer.  Below, you will find a few recent news stories regarding teachers.  First, the AFT is launching a campaign to protect families from the economic recklessness that caused the financial collapse in 2008.  Thanks to this...
  • 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...

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