Month: May 2014

Working Family Parties Seem Set to Endorse Cuomo

Countless outlets are reporting this morning that the Working Families Party is set to endorse Governor Cuomo in November’s election.  If you are new to the political scene and are wondering, “Who is the Working Families Party?” we take this from their website… Formed by a grassroots coalition of community organizations, neighborhood activists, and labor …

Missing: NYSUT Leadership

I would like to begin by sending kudos out to NYSUT Vice-President Paul Pecorale.  Pecorale, originally from the Patchogue-Medford Congress of Teachers, was exactly where he should have been on April 28th- at the #NoMoCuomo Rally in Holbrook.  On May 17th Pecorale was once again where he should have been- at the Taking Back Our Schools …

Budget Results and Today’s Rally

Comsewogue’s school budget passed last night in a landslide, 1,012 votes to 325.  In addition all three PJSTA endorsed candidates won.  Incumbents Ali Gordon (908 votes) and James Sanchez (754 votes) will serve three year terms and newcomer Rick Rennard (736 votes) will serve the remaining one year of Lance Brown’s term.  Brown vacated the …

News, Notes, and Links

A big week coming up PJSTA! First, we will need volunteers to put up “Vote YES” signs tomorrow, as well as volunteers who can head to the phone banks after school at the NYSUT Regional Office in Hauppauge. On Tuesday every member of the PJSTA needs to get to the polls in their home school …

PJSTA Approves Resolution to Oppose Common Core

At today’s regularly scheduled meeting the PJSTA’s Representative. Council unanimously voted to approve the following resolution to oppose the Common Core State Standards. The resolution will be submitted to the AFT and NYSUT for consideration from those parent unions. Resolution to Oppose the Common Core State Standards WHEREAS, the purpose of education is to educate …

The Governor Will Hear Us Roar!

Yesterday we asked you to join us this Saturday in Manhattan as we rally, along with 40+ other organizations, for public education.  Today we want to make you aware of another important date in the coming week.  On Wednesday, May 21st we will join thousands of other Long Island teachers as we demonstrate and picket …

One Last Time… Join us on Saturday!!!!

All PJSTA members headed out to the rally in Manhattan on Saturday will receive a free doughnut, cup of coffee, and train ticket compliments of the PJSTA.  Meet at the Ronkonkoma Train Station at 11:20 AM in time for the 11:40 train into Penn Station.  The rally will be held downtown at City Hall Park. …

Why I am Voting Green Party for Governor

As we roll through the spring towards next November’s elections we are starting to hear a lot from the gubernatorial candidates when it comes to public education.  Let’s look a little bit closer at our options now. We are all familiar with Governor Cuomo’s litany of attacks on public schools, the children who they serve, …

NYSUT & Cuomo, UFT Contract, Cavanagh, etc.

We have some must read links for you to peruse… A lot was made in the lead up to the NYSUT election in April about the Revive NYSUT slate’s apparent fondness for Governor Cuomo.  This parent’s account of events at NYSUT’s “Picket in the Pines” earlier this month would seem to back that up… At …

Stronger Together’s Meeting with Governor Cuomo

As momentum built toward’s the April 28th rally at Villa Lombardi’s to protest Governor Cuomo, one of the governor’s top aides, Joseph Percoco, reached out, through an intermediary, to the President of the Connetquot Teachers Association Tony Felicio.  Percoco offered Felicio, one of the rally’s organizers, a meeting with the governor to air his grievances in …