BSCTA News Archive

  • 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. ...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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;...
  • Assembly introduces APPR Legislation

    06.10.2016/Political Action
    Assembly Education Chair Catherine Nolan (D-Queens), Speaker Carl Heastie (D-Bronx) and 90 of their colleagues have introduced legislation (A.10569) that would amend current law to allow districts to operate under approved Annual Professional Performance Review (APPR) plans that are compliant with...
  • LI Teachers at WBLI Summer Jam

    06.10.2016/General News
    Coming off the incredible success of the Touch-a-Truck event, tens of thousands of young parents and their kids are expected to attend Summer Jam at Jones Beach this Saturday June 11 starting at 3 pm. Over 11,000 people are expected. Long Island Teachers will have a table there handing out water...

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