Top Reasons to Contribute to Vote-COPE

Top Reasons to Give to VOTE COPE

 

Check out the PowerPoint here: VOTE COPE TEN REASONS TO CONTRIBUE

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July 10-17 are NYSUT Days at Darien Lake

Information here: NYSUT Days Darien Lake 2015

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New Video from NYSUT Action Center

(This video resides on Facebook, so it may be blocked if you are behind a filter)

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Happy Hour & Retirement Celebration

Details below…

June Happy Hour 2015

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Did you want to be a teacher but now do something else because the profession is under fire? | WHEC.com

Did you want to be a teacher but now do something else because the profession is under fire? | WHEC.com.

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Governor Cuomo Says State Tests Are “Meaningless,” So Why Should Students Do Their Best?

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:

Governor Andrew Cuomo doesn’t understand why students should opt out of state testing, because the tests won’t count against students. Instead, they will be used to rank and evaluate teachers. So, he wonders, why should students opt out?

But the governor is not recognizing the consequences of his statement. As one blogger asked, why should students take the tests if they are meaningless?

That is a good reason to opt out. Why should students waste their time on tests that are meaningless?

But more important, if the students are not motivated to do their best, if they know the tests don’t count, why should teachers be evaluated by their students’ lack of effort? Taking a test is not like stepping on a scale. The scores vary depending on many factors, not least of which is motivation. If students go into the tests knowing they don’t matter, why should they try?

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Important Info About GTA Transfer Process

Please see the files below for details about the transfer process.

GTA Transfer Process FAQ 01 30 15

GTA Transfer Process Flyer 2015 16

Proxy Form

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Registration Deadline Tomorrow, May 1, for JP Morgan Chase Corporate Challenge

You can find the flyer here, and registration information here.

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Eagles for Education

Below is information about the Eagles for Education golf tournament benefiting the GEF. The GEF helps support Greece teachers and our classrooms.

If you have any questions, please use the contact information on the attachment.

Eagles for Education

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An Open Letter to Governor Cuomo: Re-think the Regs of APPR

Originally posted on Granted, and...:

Dear Governor Cuomo:

I have my whole professional educational life been a supporter of teacher accountability. And, as you may know, I sided publicly with the findings in your recent report on the sham of current local teacher effectiveness ratings in New York schools and districts.

However, I have long written and consulted on the need for transparency in assessment and accountability via released tests after they are given – as the Regents did for over 100 years until recently. You simply cannot expect people to trust a system in which the scores are psychometrically generated and where I cannot see, for myself, what was assessed and what the actual results were. It fails as both credible accountability and as feedback to teachers.

More bluntly: Would you accept such a system for yourself?

The cardinal rule in Quality Control as formulated by Edwards Deming is Drive Out Fear. Alas, a…

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