Congratulations to the following
received tenure at the May board
Jeanne O'Connor, Tina Gagliardo,
John Miller, Kelly Miskovski,
Palumbo, Sara Szczerbinski, Kristin
Taylor, Pat Cook
LTF Scholarship Dinner and Drawing
was a HUGE success! Many great
prizes were donated, and greatly
appreciated by those who won them!
Thanks to your generosity, 5
graduating seniors will once again
receive $1,000 each! Thanks to
all who participated!
coming soon regarding details on the
end of the year get together...
All orders for LTF merchandise is
due by May 25th so that we can pass
them on to you by the end of the
school year. Order forms were
sent out to each building to be
placed in the faculty rooms, as well
as the online order form.
Please forward all orders to Kim
Pulinski at Martin Road.
Click here for merchandise
Click here for order form
workers’ rights and voice are being
challenged nationwide, we must take
immediate action. We’ve seen this
firsthand in Wisconsin—and now in
Ohio, Indiana and many other states.
We are pushing forward on all fronts
to get our messages out efficiently,
effectively—and digitally. Call it
virtual solidarity, if you will.
Connect with us!
Receive text alerts: Text
AFT to 738674. The AFT
will never charge you for
text messages, but your
carrier’s message and data
rates may apply.
Follow the AFT: @AFTunion or
Follow AFT President Randi
Weingarten: @rweingarten or
Become a fan and share our
page with your friends:
updates and take action
across the nation.
Bully Free Resources
caring adult who steps up to stop bullying in their
school can make a huge difference, research shows.
Be that caring adult! "Bully Free: It Starts
with Me," is NEA's campaign against bullying-and you
can join it by taking the Bully Free pledge at
www.nea.org/bullyfree . In doing so, you
will agree to identify yourself as a caring adult
who will listen and act on behalf of bullied
workers rights under attach in your state? Are
you tired of public educators being the scapegoat
for mismanaged state budgets? Visit
www.educationvotes.org to stay informed about
some of the action taking place at the state level.
Wisconsin matters in New York, and throughout
strips away workers
rights and destroys the
partnerships that have
been established between
labor and management in
not about pay and
benefits, pensions and
Unionists from across the nation have come out in
force to support our colleagues in Wisconsin, as
well as those in Idaho, Indiana, New Jersey, Ohio
and Tennessee. Other states are facing unprecedented
threats as well. And New York state is not exempt.
no mistake about it: Unions in the Empire State are
facing many of the same challenges that we're seeing
elsewhere. They may not be as blatant. Yet.
Nor as public. But the assault on workers' rights in
New York is a reality.
This fast, free and convenient service is your
opportunity to join thousands of grassroots
activists who are using the Web to contact their
elected officials at the state and federal
levels. Take action!
Where'd They Go?
After Years of steady
increase, the percent of
kids in special
education peaked at 13.8
in 2005 and then headed
south, declining to 13.4
percent in 2008.
Why the drop? Is
it (a)Better Teaching; (b)Earlier
trying to keep their
numbers so low they
won't have to make
adequate yearly progress
under No Child Left
your answer and share it
Walmart's Cost to
Wal-Mart's low prices
don't come cheap. In
fact, each Wal-Mart
store employing 200
people costs taxpayers
annually in public
social services used by
Wal-Mart workers whose
low wages and
insurance mean most of
them are among the
working poor. That's the
Everyday Low Wages: The
Hidden Price We All Pay
a report by the minority
staff of the U.S. House
Education and the
Mythbusters The Truth
United March 2011)
guarantees a job for
Truth: Tenure is
about due process, not
about guaranteeing jobs
are tied, tenure is
don't grant tenure,
teachers don't need
not about protecting
"bad" teachers, it's
about protecting good
Myth: No one else
gets 'due process'
process, a right enjoyed
by all Americans,
includes a presumption
of innocence and the
right to a fair hearing.
Myth: Because of
tenure, you cannot fire
a bad teacher
Truth: A district
can bring charges
against a tenured
teacher or teaching
unbecoming a teacher,
or mental disability,
neglect of duty, failure
certification or immoral
character at any time.
For more information
Charter Schools Avoid
Although the Obama
to press for more
charter schools, a new
study finds many of
these schools avoid the
students who need the
most help. The
study, from NYSUT, is at
New Film Focuses on
Victims of Bullies
Shout it Out addresses
the issue of teen
suicide, bullying, teen
addiction and other
issues teenagers face
every day. The
film is about a teen
struggling to be
accepted, and can be
used as a study guide.
See more at
Teacher's Essay Rallies
Supporters on the Web
When people attacked
public school teachers,
a Florida fourth grade
teacher got to typing.
The result? "I am
a Teacher", an essay
that caught fire on
Facebook and among
bloggers. Read the
Stay connected with
Teacher/Principal Evaluations: What You Need to Know
The new process was
signed into law by the
governor June 1, with
in September 2011. Key
A more objective
established in law,
while the centrality
and the collective
for all teachers and
and timely feedback
bargaining is the
essential tool for
Where an evaluation
appeal process does
not exist, one must
tests cannot be the
sole determinant of
required to provide
and document the
for in the Teacher
A State Advisory
be a strong voice in
measures, the role
factors in student
learning and other
For more info
Thanks to all who sold or bought the LTF
Scholarship Raffle Tickets. Over 370 tickets were sold! Winners of
the drawings were as follows:
Early Bird Drawing-Sandy Carroccia-MRE-$25 Tim
Hortons gift card
Most tickets sold-Heather Kwiatkowski-MRE-$50
Target gift card, 30 tickets sold
Random drawing-Sean Muldoon-HS-$50 Target gift
Sold tickets are posted here and the winners
will be posted at the end of each month.
Join us at the LTF Back to
School get together to honor
all newly tenured teachers
and to welcome our new hires!
Friday, September 10 from
at the Big Tree in on Abbott
Rd in Orchard Park
LTF members may attend free
Thursday, October 14 from
at Lucarelli's on Abbott
Road in Lackawanna
Barbara Mazurek and Patrick
Tina Gambino Lois Hooper
Paula & Sheila Bednarz
Cost-$30 all money due by Tuesday October
This year's Making Strides Against Breast Cancer
walk is scheduled for Sunday, October 3. To join the LTF team or to make a
donation, click on the following link
early retirement option
NYSUT News Wire -
March 29, 2010
By a vote of 49 to
11, the Senate has passed the 55/25 early retirement option bill. The
Assembly, in recess for the holidays, has already indicated its strong
support for this cost-saving measure and is expected to take up the bill
when the Legislature reconvenes April 7. Once the bill is delivered to
Gov. Paterson, he has 10 days - not including Sundays and holidays - to
elected officials about such issues as Teacher Center budget cuts,
proposed cuts to K-12, and the 55/25 Retirement option
The Puzzle of
Autism, What Educators Need to Know (NEA March 2010) (in pdf form)
Nightmres…Cyberspeak no Evil
The Junior and Senior Class will hold
a Chiavetta Chicken Dinner on Saturday, May 8. Dinner will be
served from 12-5. For tickets, contact any junior or senior, Sandy
Davis or John Kochan. Checks may be made payable to the Lackawanna
By The Numbers (NYSUT April 2010)
Under the executive budget proposal,
99 percent of districts would receive less state aid.
Superintendents from 323 of 702 districts responded to a recent survey
on the impact of Gov. Paterson's executive budget proposal.
14,800 teachers may be laid off
5,000 additional jobs lost through
layoffs and attrition
87 percent of districts expect to
reduce professional development
70 percent of districts expect to
reduce elective courses
67 percent of districts may reduce
extracurricular activities, including sports
65 percent of districts expect to
reduce or eliminate field trips
64 percent of districts anticipate
tax levy increases of 4 percent or less.
54 percent of districts may defer
purchasing text books and equipment
50 percent of districts may reduce or
cut summer programs
to all who sold the LTF Lottery Tix. The sale went well, and winners are
are in the works for a Scholarship party this April, more info to
The Junior Class is selling Jr. Frosty Cards. Every time you visit a
Wendy's location show the cashier your card and receive a free jr.
Frosty. Expires July 1, 2010, if interested contact Sandy Davis.
Congress: Nominate a Mom To Send To Washington
Selected Moms Will
Attend Parenting's First Mom Congress on Education and
Learning at Georgetown University
Leadership in Education
Monday, March 15, 2010
Parenting will convene the first Mom Congress on
Education and Learning at Georgetown University in
Washington, D.C. The magazine will be selecting one
outstanding mom advocate from every state and the
District of Columbia to attend the two-day conference
May 2 to 4, 2010.
The goal: To create
Parenting's Lesson Plan for Change, which will
help empower parents nationwide to get more involved in
their children's education.
The 51 selected moms
will receive round-trip airfare, a two-night hotel stay,
and the opportunity to connect with other moms from
across the country.
If you or a mom you
know has made a real difference in the fight for better
schools, Parenting wants to hear about it.
Nominate an outstanding mom to attend the
Applications will be
accepted through March 15, 2010.
Looking for a grant?
Check out the NEA website...
Home Sweet Home,
If you're willing to
buy in "revitalization areas" and stick around for three
years, the federal government has some bargins for you.
As part of its Good Neighbor Next Door program, the
Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) offers
single family homes to teachers ar half off list price.
"There are good deals for teachers out there to inspire
them to move to a district and stay," says Norm Jezzeny,
a housing program officer with HUD, which has sold about
5,000 homes to teachers since 2000. Check out
www.hud.gov for more
Grab your Hat and
Read with the Cat! Join NEA's Read across America
on March 2, 2010. For tips and tools go to
make an effort to attend the upcoming BOE meetings and work sessions.
Budget cuts are on the way and your presence helps. Please do not
sit back thinking that any budget cuts will not affect YOU, budget cuts
will affect EVERYONE!
Governor's proposal would hurt kids, taxpayers
Relations - January 19, 2010
ALBANY, N.Y. January 19, 2010 - New
York State United Teachers today said massive cuts proposed for
education would force schools to cut teachers and programs, jeopardizing
student progress while stalling the state's ability to create jobs and
revitalize the economy.
"How can you race to
the top with an education budget that's laden with red ink?" asked NYSUT
President Richard C. Iannuzzi.
How to set up
school-based strategies to protect children from harassment in a digital
By Liza Frenette -
New York Teacher - January 15, 2010
Jarring a student in the cafeteria
line by calling him a "fat freak" or humiliating a girl in the locker
room by tagging her a "slut" is only the very beginning of the harm a
bully can dish out.
Now, a child can be maligned in text
messages and on social network sites with instant and massive impact.
Cyberbullying has "the appeal of
anonymity," said technology facilitator Nancy Sharoff, a member of the
Ellenville Teachers Association and an instructor for NYSUT's Education
& Learning Trust.
She was among the presenters in a
recent daylong educational conference — "21st Century Bullying and its
Implications on Schools" — sponsored by the New York State Educational
Conference Board. ECB is a coalition of five large education-related
organizations including NYSUT.
The topic was prompted by a growing
number of recent student suicides, including four from Schenectady High
School in one year. Bullying is suspected of playing a role.
A major concern in today's bullying
arena, cyberbullying means harming someone through the use of instant
messaging, chat rooms, polling sites, text messages, blogs, e-mails,
virtual worlds and social networks.
Because it's technology, there is
always a new tool. Consider "happy slapping" — one person physically or
verbally provoking an innocent bystander while a third party videotapes
the act on a cell phone, then uploads and shares it with the masses.
Then there's "Bluetooth bullying,"
where someone sends a derogatory cell phone message to everyone within a
certain vicinity. "You're not quite sure if it's sent from the person
standing next to you or the person down the hall or across the street,"
Why? Reasons range from "revenge" to
"fun" or the victim "deserved it," Sharoff said. Some bullies claim they
were just messing around, or "it was only text."
Middle-level students especially
often see "no connection between actions and consequences," Sharoff
said. At this age, she said, the brain is not developed enough to make
Efforts to prevent and stem bullying
are surfacing nationwide as leaders from school districts, teacher
unions, communities and School-Related Professionals unite to take on
East Ramapo middle school science
teacher Diane Gonzalez became concerned when she witnessed bullying in
the hallways and classrooms, and felt the sting of it when students
began spreading rumors about her sexuality.
With the support of her
administration, she began learning about bullying prevention as part of
character education, then conducted staff training. Everyone had a lot
"A lot of the staff didn't even know
their comments were inappropriate in the lounge," said Gonzalez, a
member of the East Ramapo Teachers Association who serves on both
NYSUT's and the National Education Association's Human and Civil Rights
Now, East Ramapo has a schoolwide
Positive Behavior Intervention Strategies program that reinforces good
Conflict resolution should not be
used to deal with bullying, according to Kim McLaughlin, director of the
New York State Student Support Services Center.
"Bullying is not conflict. It's
victimization," she said. "It's not anger management — it's aggression."
Career Changers offer
promising pool to address teacher shortages
findings from a recent survey are accurate, there are more than enough
potential teachers among the nation's population of college educated
professionals to solve any future shortages. But-and there's
usually a caveat when you see such promising results,-the willingness of
many professionals to make the career switch to teaching would hinge on
higher salaries, better working conditions, and high quality training.
No surprises here...for more info on the survey visit
Applications for the AFT for the 2010
Robert G. Porter Scholars Program are now available online . AFT
members and their children are eligible to participate in the program,
which awards four $8,000 scholarships to graduating high school seniors
and $1,000 grants to AFT members who are continuing their education.
To apply, download the application at
Disheartened teachers are more likely
give their principals poor ratings
for supporting them as teachers
express concerns about working
conditions, student behavior and testing.
Contented teachers are more likely to:
report excellent working
work in middle or higher-income
believe their students' test
scores have increased a lot because of their teaching.
Idealist teachers are more likely to
say they became a teacher to help
believe their students' test
scores have increased a lot because of their teaching
say that good teachers can lead
all students to learn, even those from poor families or who have
Dear LTF members,
I am grateful for
the support and help the LTF members gave in restoring the position of
full time printer. The print shop will continue to faithfully provide
quality service to the Lackawanna City School District and its
employees. During the course of the summer of 2009, over 900 requests
is at Hand for Debt Burdened Students (AFT on Campus)
College Cost Reduction and Access Act (CCRAA), which became law in 2007,
represents the single largest increase in college aid since the GI Bill.
Lawmakers held firm on reducing subsidies to private lenders and using
the savings to fund reductions in loan costs and increases in grants.
Aimed at making college more affordable for students overwhelmed with
the increasing cost of higher education, four major changes will be
phased in on July 1 as part of The College Cost Reduction and Access Act
of 2007 (H.R. 2669), passed by the Democratic Congress:
interest rates on need-based federal loans. This marks the second
year that the rates of subsidized federal student loans (Stafford
loans) will decrease. On July 1 the interest rate will decrease from
6 percent to 5.6 percent.
Repayment Program. July 1 marks the beginning of the Income-Based
Repayment Program (IBR). Under the IBR, all current and future
borrowers will have their monthly loan payments capped at 15 percent
of their discretionary income. Further, the IBR mandates that any
remaining debt that a borrower faces after 25 years of repayment,
including interest, is completely forgiven. For more about IBR,
www.IBRinfo.org; for important upcoming reforms to IBR regarding
married couples and other special cases, visit
funding for Pell Grants. The maximum award for a Pell Grant—which
helps the neediest students afford college—increases to more than
$600 on July 1, from $4,731 to $5,350. Funding for these grants was
made available through both the 2007 Act as well as the American
Recovery and Reinvestment Act.
- New loan
consolidation opportunities. July 1 also brings good news for
students and graduates with variable-rate federal Stafford loans who
borrowed before July 1, 2006. This group will be able to consolidate
their loans and lock in on the new, lower interest rate (2.48
percent beginning July 1).
These changes add to, and in some
cases build upon, other aspects of the 2007 legislation that are already
being phased in. TEACH grants will again be available this year,
providing $4,000 per year to students who commit to teaching high-need
subject areas in high-need schools. In addition, students who choose to
enter the public or nonprofit sectors are once again eligible for
complete loan forgiveness after 10 years.
More information can be found at:
For help clarifying
or differentiating student loans, be sure to visit
Thanks to all who
donated to this year's Scholarship Fund!
This year, we were
able to give six scholarships of $1,000 to
our graduating high
Conrad Ortega Mohamed Abdulla
Mahfoudh Saleh Sakeena Saleh
Chinese Auction/Prizes Prize List
No Contract, No
Delegates at the 2009
NYSUT Rep Assembly moved overwhelmingly to support a boycott of Stella
D'oro bakery products. The 135 members of Local 50 of the bakery,
Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers International Union
went on strike in August after new owners of the bakery demanded wage
cuts up to 25%, and the elimination of all holidays, sick time and
vacation days, as well as a crushing 20% employee contribution to worker
health care benefits. In response, the workers in eight months,
have not crossed the picket line. Soon after the workers struck,
they were "permanently replaced" by the company. This strike has
been on going since August 13, 2008, where workers are picketing outside
the company in the Bronx, NY. Please consider this while making
NEA on Facebook
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click on "add as a friend" to connect with an instant network of over
200 people who also care about public education.
Did you know...
The first US Census
was taken in 1790. The population was 3,929,214. The
last census was conducted in 2000. The population at that time
Utah is the fastest
growing state with a 2.5% increase.
New York City is
still the nation's largest city, with 8.2 million people. Los
Angeles is the second with 3.8 million.
numbering 45.5 million as of July 1, 2007, are now America's largest
New Jersey has the
highest median household income-$65,933, based on a three year
2009 LTF Officer
The state Office of
Children and Family Services is offering a free online training for
mandated reporters of suspected child abuse, which includes many
education professionals. The two hour course is at
. Click on "new online trainings". Once registered, trainees
have 30 days to complete the course. The self directed training
meets the State Education Department's mandatory requirements for
training in child abuse identification and reporting, and even provides
a link notifying SED of a trainee's completion of the course.
Head Lice: Kids
with Nits can Attend School
Students with head lice
nits are not necessarily being send home from school, in part because of
the loss of classroom time for the students and the inconvenience to
working parents, reports the Associated Press in February. As long
as the youngsters with nits do not have any crawling lice in their hair,
many schools are now allowing the affected students to stay in the
classroom. This is in part due to recommendations by the American
Academy of Pediatrics and the National Association of School Nurses.
Know however that children with lice in households that have recurring
lice problems, are developing lice that are resistant to the lice
shampoo. More information is available on the website of the
Center for Disease Control and Prevention at
www.cdc.gov/lice/head/faqs.html, which includes special navigation
for both parents and schools.
NYSUT Key Legislative
Action letters are
posted in the Legislative Action Center at
www.nysut.org for your participation.
Your local leaders can be contacted through this site, using premade fax
NYSUT and the state
AFL-CIO remain firmly in opposition to the proposed Tier 5
retirement plan or any other proposal that reduces the base-line
retirement benefits of future public sector workers. If
enacted, the plan would require greater contributions from middle
class families in exchange for diminished eligibility and inferior
The union is
pushing for enactment of the Dignity for All Students Act. It
would require schools to develop clear anti-harassment policies,
report incidents, provide staff training and promote respect for
NYSUT is advocating
improvement of the underfunded unemployment insurance program.
The amounts paid to displaced workers are inadequate for them to
maintain a sufficient standard of living and to many workers in
educational settings are ineligible to access unemployment benefits
The union is also
advocating for genuine real property tax relief through "circuit
breaker" legislation that would help those who can least afford to
carry a disproportionate burden on limited or fixed incomes.
By the numbers
132 - Teacher
625 - Number of
school districts served by teacher centers
1984 - Year
state Legislature established Teacher Resource and Computer Training
Centers to provide systematic, ongoing professional education services.
267,000 - Number
of teachers served annually.
44,482 - Number
of teaching assistants, parents and other community members served in
$40 million -
Amount of state funding centers received in 2008-09
$0 - Amount
centers would receive in 2009-10 under governor's plan
State Budget: Where do things stand? And what's ahead?
New York Teacher - March 3, 2009
New York state
is facing its worst economic crisis since the Great Depression. NYSUT
and its members, through faxes, e-mails, phone calls and face-to-face
lobbying, are working hard to make sure lawmakers make the right
decisions in these tough times - that includes maintaining a strong
commitment to education and health care. For more information, check
Determination Law 2008
Teacher Analysis of Student Performance Data When Providing Instruction
Chapter 57 of
the Laws of 2007, added a new Section 3012-b to Education Law requiring
the Board of Regents to develop rules establishing minimum standards and
procedures for tenure determination of teachers employed in school
Erie 1 BOCES Health Benefits Plan
NYSUT Once Again
Tops $1,000,000 mark!
For the second
year in a row, NYSUT has raised over one million dollars for the Making
Strides Against Breast Cancer efforts. In 2002, NYSUT became a
flagship sponsor with 7,500 members walking to raise $500,000.
This year, a total of 13,000 walkers came together to raise money to
find a cure against breast cancer. For more on this story, click
Before You Call
It's not just the kids who have to show regularly for school to do well
on standardized tests. Teacher absences also can have a negative
effect on student achievement, say researchers at Harvard University and
Duke University, in separate studies. And yet another study says
the effect is particularly negative for poor students.
But it's also
important to consider why teachers might have increased absences.
Like say...overwork? Or Stress?
found that absences were greater at urban schools, and also at larger
schools. In Dayton, Ohio, school officials report that teacher
absences have increased 35% this year-a jump that union leaders
attribute to the stress caused by $30 million in budget cuts.
Pushing planning periods to the beginning and end of the day, packing
classes, cutting back on art, music, and gym all create damaging
conditions. For you-and your kids.
neatoday Jan/Feb 09
Fight for America's Future, It's Dollars and Sense
What’s at stake?
Our schools and colleges, our healthcare and public
safety systems, and essential services are facing draconian cuts due to
the economic crisis. The AFT strongly supports efforts like the American
Recovery and Reinvestment Plan and is actively challenging proposed cuts
to vital services.
• A child is 5 only once; she doesn’t get a second
chance at her education.
• When a patient needs healthcare, he can’t wait for a
better economic climate.
• Government services are necessities the public
requires now—from clean water to the highways that keep our economy
On Feb. 10, wear blue to work., your LTF shirt would do
nicely! Let’s send a clear message: that strengthening education,
healthcare and public services is crucial in order to restore and
preserve opportunity in this country.
Join the fight for America’s future! Go to
Thanks for a job well
done to Claire Heckt and all who helped out with the Lackawanna Fire
Department's quest for holiday gifts. A lot of time and effort,
not to mention money, was put in by a great number of faculty and
students to generate gifts for ---families in the City of Lackawanna.
Special thanks also to Deanna Caldwell and the HS Student Council who
held a Candy Cane Gram Sale and donated all of the proceeds.
Lottery Tickets have come
to a close. Due to my broken computer, I was not able to post the
tickets in a timely manner, but they are now available, both the tickets
sold and the winners. Thanks to all who took the time to
sell their tickets or purchase them. Without you, our Scholarship
Fund would not exist!
Lotto Tickets Sold PDF
Lotto Winners PDF
Thanks to all who attended the Diamond
Cutters of WNY night at Curly's. The food was terrific as were the
jewels! I have heard great things from those who attended.
Fran will be forwarding a check to the LTF with a portion of the
proceeds from that night for use in the Scholarship Fund. Any
suggestions for the future, drop me a line!
While Santa for Everyone was a great
run, it will not be taking place this year in it's usual way.
Sadly, there just aren't enough people to take on this huge undertaking.
Since we still wanted to give back, we will be working with the
Lackawanna Fire Department, who for many years has given to the
community by way of gifts and food baskets for the holiday season.
They are looking for new unwrapped gifts and monetary donations.
If you are interested in donating or helping out, please contact Claire
email@example.com for more information.
Congratulations to Cindy Cole, who was nominated for the Teachers'
Insurance Plan Teacher of the Year Award. Names are submitted by
parents, students, family members, administrators and faculty, and is
open to all New York State 's accredited teachers. Each winner
receives a cash award of $1,000, and the teacher's school receives $500.
A national winner is then selected from among the state winners and will
receive a $2,500 vouchers good for any destination. Best of luck
to Cindy as the judging continues!
Maureen Fernandez...Lisa Leach and Rose Graham participated in a
textbook revision of the phonics book that is published by the company,
Sadlier Phonics. They were sent pages to review and make changes that
they felt were appropriate to the objective of that page. These books
are used by our K, 1st and 2nd grade teachers. Their names will appear
in the front cover of each new workbook that will be printed and sold.
These books were purchased originally through our Reading First funding.
Bailout Brings Return of Educators Tax Break (New York Teacher)
Wall Street bailout package signed into law earlier this month has one
direct pocketbook benefit for teachers and other educators. It
restores the federal tax deduction for classroom supplies that you
purchase out of pocket.
the law, you can deduct up to $250 a year for the unreimbursed cost of
such items as books and software supplies.
deduction applies to K-12 teachers, instructors, counselors, principals
and aides who worked at least 900 hours during the school year.
if you don't itemize deductions, you're still eligible for this one,
which expired in December and has been extended through 2009.
You're on YouTube!
You'd be surprised at what students are capturing on cell phone cameras
in your classrooms and posting online. Check out a sample at
Medication can work wonders, but critics believe too many children are
taking too much....(neatoday Oct 2008)http://www.nea.org/neatoday/0810/medicatedkids.html
Testing the Joy out of Education
(American Teacher Oct 08)
leave for checkups grows
New York Teacher -
September 5, 2008
A union-backed law that provides up to
four hours of paid leave for annual breast cancer and prostate
screenings has been expanded to include community colleges, BOCES,
vocational schools, public benefit corporations and employees in the New
York State and Local Employees' Retirement system.
The law, which amends legislation passed
last year, also clarifies that the leave is a paid one.
The move comes after two recent court
decisions confirmed it was wrong for employers to force workers to use
their sick or personal leave to undergo screenings.
NYSUT won the restoration of a
Wappingers teacher's sick leave, as well as a grievance settlement for
three Fulton-Montgomery Community College members.
In his memo approving the amendments,
Gov. David Paterson noted the preventive benefits of screenings would
ultimately outweigh the costs. Proponents stressed the role that such
leave can play in early detection of illness; permitting employees to
take time off without financial consequences will undoubtedly encourage
more employees to undergo appropriate tests.
The American Cancer Society recommends
yearly mammograms for women starting at age 40. Women at
higher-than-average risk should talk with their health providers about
the need for earlier screenings.
ACS recommends prostate screening for
men starting at age 50. Men at higher risk should begin screenings as
early as 40 years of age, according to ACS.
For details, check NYSUT's Web site,
www.nysut.org, under Legislative Issues, or contact your local union
Cooks in the Kitchen
days, you might be sharing your classroom with another teacher.
Can you effectively work together-without spoiling everything?
You're on YouTube!
Millions are sharing videos online. Are you the star of one of
Preparation Gap for First Year Teachers-New teachers not prepared for
diverse classrooms and special needs children
it comes to the quality of their teacher training, first year teachers
say their preparation was lacking in two main areas: dealing with
an ethnically diverse classroom and teaching students with special
needs. Aside from those two weak areas, new teachers are generally
satisfied with how well prepared they were to the realities of
classroom, according to a new report from Public Agenda and the National
Comprehensive Center for Teacher Quality.
is This Thing Called RTI?
Response to Intervention (RTI) is a three step practice that is gaining
currency in classrooms around the country. Teachers provide high
quality instruction and interventions matched to a student's need, then
they gather and monitor data about how the student is progressing, and
finally they apply that data to important decisions about what
instructional changes are needed, or what new goals should be set for
the student. RTI has grown in part because the IDEA of 2004 puts a
big premium on curbing the "over-referral" of students into special
students tested too much? Are discipline policies consistently
implemented? Is No Child Left Behind helping schools improve?
These are key questions-and no one can provide more expert answers than
teachers. So the SFT has been asking representative samples of its
K-12th-grade teachers about these and other important issues for many
years. Here are the highlights, showing that teachers are fed up
with too much testing and the effects of NCLB...[pdf]
Top 20 Back-to-School Resources
Welcoming Students, Setting Up Your Classroom, Meeting Parents, and More
You and Your Association: Knowing more about your union and being active
in it can pay big dividends. We've got the ABCs all laid out.
Backs Peer Assistance and Review Programs
The AFT took bold steps to take charge of the teaching
profession—and to check mindless, test-driven "teacher quality"
schemes—when convention delegates in Chicago overwhelmingly approved a
resolution on July 13 urging all locals to consider creating peer
assistance and review programs for new members. The resolution explains
that peer assistance and review is a professional induction and
evaluation program for teachers that recognizes "experienced, expert
teachers are the people who are positioned to offer the best assistance
to probationary teachers and to make the most credible judgments about
their capabilities." [Read
Colorin' Colorado is a site with extensive tips and research for
teachers and parents of English Language Learners. This site is
beginning to offer materials in languages other than Spanish, which is
it's primary focus. It does offer a parent reading tip sheet in
arabic, as well as many useful resources for children of all cultures.
From A to Z, here is a list compiled by NYSUT,a
Glossary of Commonly Used Terms and Acronyms
in the field of education.