The Opt-Out Movement

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

DAY OF ACTION: Western New York activists call for resistance to any anti-public education policy

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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.

Please Help the Greece PD Identify These Individuals

The GCSD and GPD would like to identify these individuals suspected in connection with using a credit card that was taken from a GTA member’s vehicle in Odyssey parking lot earlier this week. W-M unique ball cap.

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Social Justice 529 K to College

The Greece Teachers Association is matching $25 contributions to New York State 529 College Savings Program for all GCSD Kindergarten students.  If you have one already, just email the GTA at greeceteachers@gmail.com with your Ugift code or create a new savings account using this link. There you’ll find all you need- including FAQs and videos to learn about and help set it up.

There is never a better time to start saving than now!  Please contact us with any questions.