Congratulations to our 2017 GTA Scholarship Winners!
Left to Right: Abigail Heckman from Odyssey Academy; McKenzie Lynn from Arcadia High School; Noah Walton frrom Olympia High School; GTA President Jason Cooney.
Not pictured, Machealla Martin, Athena High School.
In November, voters will be asked to decide if New York will hold a convention to rewrite our constitution. This “Politicians Convention” would be a multi-million dollar boondoggle funded by our tax dollars…and would give New York political insiders and special interest groups the opportunity to change our state constitution to benefit themselves. These are many of the same politicians and insiders who are mired in corruption scandals and regularly being marched out of Albany in handcuffs. Sound good so far?
Visit http://nonewyorkconvention.org for more information!
Read the full story from the Washington Post.
Please consider rallying the troops to create a team or two for the Eagles for Education GEF golf tournament. The GEF has raised over $450,000 since its beginning and all of that money has returned to students and teachers in the form of grants. The golf tournament is the GEF’s biggest fundraiser and a strong showing of support will surely help future grants in our schools.
In the past, some buildings have offset the cost of the tournament by asking GTA members to pitch in a few dollars and then having the foursome make up the difference. In other buildings, enough members donated $5 or $10 making it possible for the school to send 2 teams.
Hopefully you can gather some interest so each Greece school can be represented. It is a great time with great food, drink, and company.
Flyer here: 2017 Golf brochure
The ‘Opt Out’ Movement, as supporters are calling it, said taking these standardized tests are just a big waste of time. The purpose of these tests are so schools can properly evaluate how their teachers and students are performing, but the Monroe County Federation of Teachers met to complain about them. The group said these tests are too long and there isn’t any substantial evidence of ‘real changes’ to the schools themselves as a result of taking these exams. In addition, they said results are released too late for parents and students to learn from them.
Source: The Opt-Out Movement
Don’t have any plans this weekend? Well, you do now- the latest GTA today is here!
GTA President Jason Cooney
Nearly 100 people representing at least a dozen NYSUT local unions, parents, students, labor leaders, religious leaders, civic leaders and community members huddled together in the cold evening air outside Rochester’s School Without Walls Thursday.
In chants and speeches, and on signs and shields, they called for access to a high-quality public education for every student and stood up against the Trump-DeVos political agenda. They sent a clear message to the new Trump administration that any attempt to privatize, demonize, supplant or divest in public education will be met with resistance.
Full story from NYSUT here.
Here you’ll find information concerning retirement seminars and the contractual eligibility for the retirement incentive. If you are considering retirement this year, or in the near future, please read the information.