Pass it on! Opt Out of State Testing by Gretchen Nichols

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 The new rating system will be 50% student test scores and 50% observation.   Any teacher with ineffective test scores that is highly effective or effective at BEST will be rated developing.   I know some buildings have printed out the reforms as they stand now.  If you haven’t seen them let me know and we’ll get them to your building.

 Our fight now is to encourage PARENTS to opt their kids out of the state test.  NO DATA means NO RATING based on one test.  There are lots of myths about funding attached to tests… please become informed and visit OPTOUTCNY.     It is time for all of us to inform parents in our neighborhoods, at girlscouts, boyscouts, dance, gymnastics, etc to become informed.  CIVIL DISOBEDIENCE is our only measure at this point.  If parents opt out then maybe our Legislature will hear us.  Our students are more than test scores. (and so are we!!)

 There have been forums all around Central New York for the last two months, NYSUT President encouraged parents to opt their children out through the NEWS and there will be a full page ad in this Sunday’s Observer Dispatch to also encourage parents to OPT OUT.

 Your Union is doing everything that we can do and it is time for EVERYONE to talk to people in your life that are parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, caregivers……. let them know to visit OPTOUTCNY and become informed in order to make their own choice.

 BOYCOTTS have worked for hundreds of years.   We need to continue to send the message to Albany that ONE test does not define a student OR a teacher!!!

This Week’s Regional Actions and Events

Hello all,

Below is the list of Actions and Events for the week of Monday 3.16 – Saturday 3.21.  Please share this with your friends,colleagues and beyond.  This week we need to put immense pressure on the NYS Senate.  A script to make phone calls for Senator Griffo and a separate script for Senator Seward are provided below.  We need to make calls ALL WEEK!

It is also imperative that we get as many parents, teachers, students, administrators, BOE members and Superintendents to the 3.21 GO Forum on Saturday.  This event is perfectly timed to make a huge impact as the final budget negotiations are underway.  A flier for that forum is attached to this email. Please PRINT AND SHARE!

As always the complete calendar of local events can be found by clicking HERE.

Thanks for all that you do.

THIS WEEK’S SUMMARY

Monday March 16 @ 6:30 pm Clinton Test Refusal Information Session

Thursday March 19 @ 6:00 pm Dolgeville Forum for Public Education

Thursday March 19 @ 6:30 pm Whitesboro Forum for Public Education

Saturday March 21 @ 4:00 pm 3.21 GO Forum @ Proctor Sr. High 

ALL CALL FOR SENATOR GRIFFO 

SCRIPT FOR THE WEEK OF MONDAY 3.16 – FRIDAY 3.20

UTICA #:  315-793-9072

ALBANY #:  518-455-3334

Hello my name is _________________ , I live in _________________and I am a parent/tax payer/citizen/voter in the Senator’s district, may I please speak with Senator Griffo? (you will likely be asked to leave a message).  Could you please pass along the following message?

Please tell the Senator that I am pleased to see that he has supported the Common Core Parental Refusal Act.  His leadership in informing parents about their rights surrounding NYS testing is noticed and appreciated.      

Unfortunately I am  also dismayed and disappointed that he has chosen to support legislation mirroring the worst of Governor Cuomo’s education reform agenda.  Specifically I am concerned over his support for a greater influence of the flawed NYS Common Core standardized tests, and their use to strip local control of our schools, and punish our students and teachers.

I also hold great concern over the Senator’s support for legislation supporting increased funding and support for Charter Schools.  The Senator’s district holds some of the finest public schools in our State and only one charter school, the Utica Academy of Science.   His support of charters is an insult to our real public schools and our communities who value them.

   

Please also tell the Senator that I am completely opposed to his backing of the education tax credit, which is nothing more than private-school voucher scheme.  As voter in his district I find it appalling that the Senator would support private and parochial schools with NYS tax payer dollars, when our public school students are in such dire need of support.    

It is imperative that Senator Griffo’s support for our public schools does not end with his sponsorship for the the Parental Refusal Act.  Please let the Senator know that if he/she chooses to stand with Governor Cuomo and his failed education reform agenda rather than stand with the parents and children in his district he will not have my vote in the next election.

Thank you for carrying my message to the Senator.

ALL CALL FOR SENATOR SEWARD 

SCRIPT FOR THE WEEK OF MONDAY 3.16 – FRIDAY 3.20

HERKIMER #:  315-866-1632

ALBANY #:  518-455-3131

Hello my name is _________________ , I live in _________________and I am a parent/tax-payer/citizen/voter in the Senator’s district may I please speak with Seantor Seward? (you will likely be asked to leave a message).  Could you please pass along the following message?

Please tell Senator Seward that I am dismayed and disappointed that he has chosen to support legislation mirroring the worst of Governor Cuomo’s education reform agenda.  Specifically I am concerned over his/her support for a greater influence of the flawed NYS Common Core standardized tests, and their use to strip local control of our schools, and punish our students and teachers.

I also hold great concern over the Senator’s support for legislation supporting increased funding and support for Charter Schools.  The Senator’s district holds some of the finest public schools in our State and NO charter schools.   His support of charters is an insult to our real public schools and our communities who value them.

   

Please also tell the Senator that I am completely opposed to his backing of the education tax credit, which is nothing more than private school voucher scheme.  As voter in his district I find it appalling that the Senator would support private and parochial schools with NYS tax payer dollars, when our public school students are in such dire need of support.    

Finally, please let Senator Seward know that if he/she chooses to stand with Governor Cuomo and his failed education reform agenda rather than stand with the parents and children in his district he will not have my vote in the next election.

Thank you for carrying my message to the Senator.

– 

James C. McNair

NYSUT 47th Senate District PAC Coordinator

79 Sanger Ave

New Hartford, NY 13413

315-368-5935

nhtapresident@gmail.com

Volunteers Needed

 The LAP Committee is reaching out for our support.

“We are in need of volunteers. We have found out that adult volunteers do not need to pay.  PLEASE consider donating one hour of your time to help out between the hours of 12 and 6 on Sunday, March 22.”

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The UTA LAP committee is looking for your help to man a booth at the Kidabaloo event on Sunday, March 22, 2015 at Accelerate Sports Facility.  Kidabaloo is a fun-filled day for the whole family.

Accelerate Sports Facility is at 5241 Judd Road,Whitesboro, NY 13492.

Cost is

$5 – Adults  (FREE if volunteering)
$10 – Children (ages 2-17)
$25 – Family 4-Packs (Note:  Children under the age of 2 are free)


Read More: Kidabaloo Presented By McDonalds | http://bigfrog104.com/events-utica/kidabaloo/22-march-2015-accelerate-sports-facility/?trackback=tsmclip

 

The event runs from 1-5 and we are looking for hourly volunteers from 12-6 to help set up and take down also.

If you are able to spare an hour, please consider coming to help out.  We will be making paper flowers with the kids.  It’s a very easy project.

Please sign up by sending an email to Christine Golden at mrsgoldenproctor@gmail.com and let her know what time you are available.

We hope to see you there!

Is it working?

If you are wondering if what we are doing is working here it is, this was just shared by Anthony Brindisi:  

Greetings from Albany. For those interested in the Governor’s Education Reform Agenda, the Assembly in our budget proposal is increasing overall state aid for schools significantly over the Governors’s budget. The Assembly budget proposal would remove the Governor’s requirement that increases in school aid be tied to his proposed changes to teacher evaluation system. We also are rejecting his plans for takeover of failing schools, changes to Charter schools – including an increased cap on Charter schools – and changes to teacher preparation, certification, dismissal and tenure. Remember this is just the Assembly proposal and still has to be negotiated with Senate and Governor; however, I’m proud the Assembly has taken a bold position in support of public education.”

Let us now turn all of our attention to Griffo and Seward.  The Senate Republicans are now our only target.  Drop everything and make some calls.  Then make everyone you know call too.

Joe Griffo:  (518) 455-3334

James Seward: 518) 455-3131