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    • SRP Newslink Spring 2019

      In this Issue:

      • SRP Member Organizing Institute grads ready to roll
      • Administrative Professionals Day is April 24
      • Coming up in the summer 2019 SRP NewsLink
      • Delegates should stay until final gavel; SRP resolutions considered
      • SRP union value news around the state
      • Communication, political action essential for SRPs
      • Listening to each other: How others interpret what we say

      Download full issue (PDF)

    • APPR: What you need to know about new teacher evaluation legislation

      NYSUT’s long-awaited legislation to fix the state’s broken teacher evaluation system has been signed into law as part of the 2019-20 state budget.

      New York State assessment scores will no longer have to be included in teacher ratings. Instead, all Annual Professional Performance Review (APPR) decisions will be subject to local collective bargaining.

      For students, the law prohibits districts from including grade 3-8 state test scores in students’ permanent records. Enactment of this law means students and teachers will be better protected from high-stakes tests.

      The following is an overview of the new APPR provisions, highlighting what the law does and does not do; consult our Fact Sheet for more detailed information.

      Here's what the law does:

      1. The law eliminates the state growth model from section 3012-d of the education law. Teacher growth scores will no longer be calculated by the state after this year.

      2. It also removes the requirement to use state tests in APPR. This change includes the state’s grade 3-8 ELA and Math tests; grade 4 and 8 science tests; the NYSESLAT; the Alternate Assessment for students with disabilities; and high school Regents exams. Locals that still want to include any of these state test results in their APPR plan may negotiate it.

      3. The law places decisions on how to measure student performance at the bargaining table. This means all of APPR will be subject to collective bargaining. Districts will not be making these decisions unilaterally.

      4. The law ensures every local can continue to use its current transition APPR plan. There is no pressure to negotiate immediately.

      5. The law also allows all teachers to be covered by group measures — removing the high-stakes nature of individual Student Learning Objectives, or SLOs. We believe most locals will use this approach, which will actually reduce testing by eliminating pre-tests. No one will have to increase testing to comply with this law.

      Here's what the law does not do:

      1. The law does not give any new authority to the Commissioner, and it makes sure she cannot backtrack on any of the measures she has already approved. A full repeal of the law would have given her full authority to put a new system in place. Given her interest in preserving the state growth model, and including a percentage of state tests in evaluations, we believe any system designed by the Commissioner would be much worse than the system in this new law.

      2. The Commissioner does not have the authority to mandate a new test. She can approve new negotiated measures submitted by districts.

      3. District administrators cannot unilaterally impose performance measures that will be used for APPR. Under the law, performance measures and their use must be collectively bargained.

      4. No changes were made to the observation portion of the APPR; this remains subject to collective bargaining.

      5. No changes were made to the appeals process or 3020-a/b proceedings.

      What’s next?

      No immediate action is necessary. The new language keeps your current transition APPR plan in place until a new plan is agreed to at the bargaining table, with no threat of losing state aid.

      Local union leaders are encouraged to analyze their current plans and see how it is working for members. Negotiating a new plan under the amended language may give local unions the opportunity to make adjustments and eliminate individual SLO’s for teachers that were required to have one. The new law eliminates the two-tier system where teachers in “tested” subjects must have individual SLO’s or growth scores and teachers in “non-tested” subjects have individual or group SLO’s. Group measures for student growth may now be used for all teachers.

      Correct the Tests

      NYSUT’s advocacy on state testing is not done.

      Now that our APPR bill has been signed into law, NYSUT’s “Correct the Tests” campaign is advocating for a new assessment system that will measure student progress more accurately and address the many concerns raised by teachers and parents alike.

      Learn more at CorrectTheTests.com.

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    LTA Blog

    Stand Up For What All Kids Need

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    Gov. Andrew Cuomo's proposed budget for 2015-2016 lays out a punishing anti-public education agenda that attacks teachers and hurts students.

    Rather than provide what all kids need, the governor is pushing a Billionaires' Agenda that would decimate the state's public schools. His "my-way-or-the-highway" budget would:

    • hold school aid increases hostage;
    • woefully underfund the state's K-12 and higher education systems;
    • more than double the weight of standardized tests;
    • make permanent an undemocratic tax cap that has wreaked financial havoc on school communities;
    • eliminate funding for teacher training;
    • launch a back-door voucher plan that would siphon funding away from schools most in need;
    • underfund public higher education by tying funding to campus "performance" rather than enrollment;
    • smooth the way for the privatization of SUNY's five hospitals;
    • destroy prep programs for future teachers;
    • and fail to fully address the student debt crisis.

    Simply put, Gov. Cuomo's proposed budget - which serves the interests of his billionaire backers - is an attack on public education that fails to address what all students need.

    Things you can do right now to fight back.

    Every NYSUT member is needed to defend public education and the teaching profession from Gov. Cuomo's Billionaires' Agenda.

    Tell the governor to stop scapegoating... stop teacher bashing and focus on what #AllKidsNeed.

    Here's your to-do list.

    Take action on this week's campaigns.

    The latest actions will always be right here in the No. 1 spot.

    Call your state senator. Now.

    • Stop what you're doing and call your state senator with this message: stand up to the Governor's "Bigfoot" tactics and defend our outstanding New York public schools!
    • You can look up the number at the NYSUT Member Action Center.

    Sign up for MAC text alerts!

    Take 10 seconds and sign up for MAC text alerts on your phone!

    Here's how: Text the word "NYSUT" to the contact number 38470.

    Sign the petitions.

    Call out the governor.

    • Invite the governor to visit your class to learn what #AllKidsNeed. Tweet out an invite directly at him and be sure to include his Twitter handle @NYGovCuomo and the hashtag #InviteCuomo if you want your tweet to be seen and heard.
    • Not on Twitter? See step 8.

    Get connected to the MAC.

    • BY TEXT. Get real-time text messages about urgent news and actions by texting the word NYSUT to the number 38470.
    • BY EMAIL. Subscribe to the NYSUT Member Action Center email alerts for updates on this campaign. If you're registered via email as a NYSUT MAC e-activist you'll also be the first to know about upcoming rallies, protests and more.
    • BY APP. Download the NYSUT MAC App for your iPhone or for your Android phone. Be sure notifications are enabled to receive alerts on new action items.

    Get connected on Facebook.

    Get connected on Twitter.

    • Join Twitter and follow @NYSUT to be part of the social media army.
    • Once a day (or as often as possible) tweet your thoughts on what #AllKidsNeed - more science labs, music and art classes, school libraries, smaller class sizes and more. We're reminding the governor to focus on what matters! Follow the conversation in real-time for some great examples from parents and educators.

    Share the poster.

    Wear the button.

    Take part in community forums.

    • Keep an eye on nysut.org/allkidsneed for information on upcoming NYSUT-sponsored Community Forums to Save Public Education in every region of the state.

    Talk it up.

    • Get the conversation going - online and offline. Read "Where We Stand" and use it to craft social media messages, send letters to the editor, and brief friends and colleagues.
    • Circulate and share print materials and videos.

    Support "Take Action Tuesday."

    • Mark your calendar to support NYSUT's "Take Action Tuesday" every week. Be on the lookout for updates.

    Learn more at www.nysut.org/allkidsneed.

     

    Last Updated (Tuesday, 03 March 2015 16:10)

     

    Member Alert Program

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    There are so many member benefits, that it can be hard to keep track of them all.
    The NYSUT Member Benefits MAP (Member Alert Program) email blast service keeps you informed through a brief email message every three weeks.
    You can join MAP on the NYSUT website, at http://www.nysut.org/49.htm

    Last Updated (Friday, 15 November 2013 16:58)

     

    Nysut Action Center Mobile App

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    NYSUT action center now has an app for smartphones that makes it very easy to take action. It is available in the app store for free.



    Last Updated (Friday, 15 November 2013 16:38)

     
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