Hot Off the Press! GTA Today October 2014

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Lawsuit: State Education Department’s ban on discussing tests violates free speech

ALBANY, N.Y. Oct. 9, 2014 – New York State United Teachers has filed suit in federal court seeking to invalidate confidentiality agreements the State Education Department requires teachers to sign before scoring state tests, saying the prohibition – with its accompanying threats of discipline, including dismissal, license revocation and criminal prosecution – is an unconstitutional prior restraint on teachers’ free speech rights.

Complete story from NYSUT here.

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“Poster child for tenure”: Why teacher Agustin Morales really lost his job

“A teacher in Massachusetts spoke up when his students’ rights were being violated. Here’s how he paid the price.”

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NYSUT sues state over Common Core tests

“No matter how state education officials promote the benefits and successes of the Common Core curriculum standards, it remains controversial. And a new lawsuit by New York State United Teachers probably won’t ease those concerns. The union that represents most of the state’s teachers says that the state is stepping on the First Amendment rights of teachers by prohibiting them from discussing the standardized test questions.”

The rest of the article from City Newspaper is here.

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News from NYSUT on Tenure

Teachers intervene in lawsuit challenging tenure

ALBANY, N.Y. Oct. 6, 2014 – New York State United Teachers announced today that its motion to intervene in a suit challenging the state’s tenure law was granted by state Supreme Court Justice Philip Minardo.

complete story at linked article, and more information on tenure from NYSUT here.

 

 

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Support Candidates that Support Schools!

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NYSUT- What do you want from your union?

NYSUT is currently looking for feedback from all of its members. You can give them direct feedback here.

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GEF Fundraiser Invitation

Social Hour Invite

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Zoolidarity 2014

Below is the information for the Zoolidarity Event. The event is hosted by the Brockport Teachers Association and is this Friday.

Zoolidarity 2014 Flyer

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Welcome Back!

Our first rep assembly meeting will be next Wednesday, September 17 at 4:00 at the GTA Office.  We look forward to seeing you there!

The entire 2014-15 Rep Assembly meeting schedule is posted here:

2014-15RepAssemblyCalendar (PDF)

2014-15RepAssemblyCalendar (MS Word)

 

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