Sign the AFT’s Petition to End America’s Fixation With High Stakes Testing!

All children deserve a rich, meaningful public education that prepares them for the opportunities, responsibilities and challenges that await them as they become contributing members of a democratic society. Growing our nation’s future citizens and workers is a serious undertaking that calls for a thoughtful focus on teaching and learning.

But the growing fixation on high-stakes testing has undermined that focus, putting at grave risk our students’ learning and their ability both to meet the demands of the 21st-century economy and to fulfill their personal goals.

Add your name to the thousands of Americans taking a stand to restore balance to public education by prioritizing high-quality instruction informed by appropriate and useful assessments.

Sign the petition here.

First to Worst

From “Learning Matters“:

First to Worst (2004) explores the roots of California’s current education crisis, tracing it to the anti-tax movement of the 1970’s and 80’s and to civil rights lawsuits that aimed to equalize school spending but resulted instead in disastrous funding limits on schools. The documentary pays special attention to the effects of Proposition 13, the 1978 anti-tax law (still in effect) that froze property taxes on businesses and homes and, critics say, cut funding for public schools off at the knees. 

Join Us to Support Locked Out Con Ed Workers!

This Wednesday, June 25th, at noon, PJSTA members, along with other NYSUT members, will be joining locked out members of the UWUA Local1-2 as they picket at 4 Irving Place in Manhattan.

Remember that an attack on one labor union is an attack on ALL of us. Just as we ask them to support our schools, they desperately need us to come support them.  Please check your email for more detailed information.

Welcome to the PJSTA’s Official Blog!

Welcome to the official blog of the Port Jefferson Station Teachers Association!  We hope that you use this site to keep yourself up to date on all of the happenings of our local union, NYSUT, AFT/NEA, and the entire world of education and labor.  Feel free to comment and participate in all that we do!

Going forward, whenever you see blog posts on here you can assume that they are written by me, Brian St. Pierre, the blog administrator.  On occasion we will have other “guest writers” as well.  I am beginning my eleventh year as a member of the PJSTA.  This will be my sixth year as a member of our executive board.  Over the past three years I have served as a member of our LAP team, spending one week each summer in Saratoga Springs, NY with the other dedicated members of our team.  This blog is something that was born out of the ideas originally hatched at LAP.  In the coming weeks I will be describing, in much further detail, what exactly NYSUT’s LAP program is all about.

Please let me know what you would like to see from this blog and if you have any ideas or suggestions on how we can make it an informative and effective tool for our members.  Please be aware that all comments on this page will be moderated.  Thank you, I look forward to seeing how this initiative develops over the course of the school year!