Month: September 2013

#Red4Ed begins this Wednesday!

Spread the word far and wide!  

PJSTA Calendar of Upcoming Events

I’ve had a lot of questions regarding the dates of upcoming actions.  Use this post to help keep track of our events for the next three weeks. This Week Thursday, 9/26- Rally in Carle Place for a fair contract.  Details here. Saturday, 9/28- Comsewogue Homecoming!  Meet at JFK at 11:30 for the parade. Week of …

On BEDS Day, Put the Testing to Bed!

BEDS Day is October 2nd this year… let’s put high stakes testing to bed! via Students, Not Scores!… Here’s the plan: Email YOUR State Senator and Assembly Member. ·        Not sure who that is? Click the links below. o   http://assembly.state.ny.us/mem/?sh=search o   http://www.nysenate.gov/senators Steps: 1. Write a brief message telling them that they represent YOU and you want the high stakes …

Dr. Megan Koschnick Presents on the Developmentally Inappropriate Common Core

Thanks to Jen Benson for passing this on.  A must view for every educator…

Courage Among Teachers

Have had this article sitting around for a week and didn’t want to let another day go by without posting it… Alfie Kohn wrote a great article for Education Week last week.  The article, titled “Encouraging Educator Courage” is about exactly what it’s title suggests. It pains me to say this, but professionals in our …

Arizona’s Brewer Thinks Citizens Are Fools

More from the Theater of the Absurd department… After sustained backlash against the implementation of the Common Core State Standards in Arizona, Governor Jan Brewer decided to change the name of the standards to “Arizona’s College and Career Ready Standards.” State Rep.Carl Seel, R-Phoenix, one of the foes, said he believes Brewer is trying to …

Man Arrested for Speaking Out Against the Common Core

The reformers will seemingly stop at nothing as they try to silence critics of their policies.  In case you didn’t see it, a man was arrested in Maryland last week for speaking out against the Common Core State Standards at a public forum that the Maryland State Education Department hosted. At one time in America …

The PJSTA Book Club: Reign of Error

Last week we told you about the release of Diane Ravitch’s new book Reign of Error: The Hoax of the Privatization Movement and the Danger to America’s Public Schools.  Today we would like to announce the details of a book club that the PJSTA will be hosting to discuss the contents of the book.  Here …

Introducing “Wear Red for Public Ed!

The PJSTA is excited to announce the launch of a new campaign that we will thread throughout the rest of the school year.  The campaign, dubbed “Wear Red for Public Ed” gives every PJSTA member an opportunity to take sustained action throughout the rest of the school year in a support of public education.  We …

Senator Flanagan’s Hearings: Round 1

Yesterday was Senator Flanagan’s first scheduled hearing on New York State’s Reform Agenda.  I didn’t have the ability to be there as I was teaching, however I did have the good fortune of hearing about it from people who were there. To summarize, the meeting began with Senator Flanagan showing up late.  When you are …