In 2014 at the UCORE conference in Chicago, I had the pleasure of briefly meeting Sarah Chambers in a workshop. Since then Chambers, like so many other teachers from the rank and file caucuses who make up UCORE, has been busy continuing to fight back against ed deform and for the schools her students deserve. Very few teachers have fought as ferociously and vocally as Chambers. As Michelle Gunderson put it in her post on Living in Dialogue, “If you are fortunate, every once in a while you will meet someone who breathes the fire of justice. In my life Sarah Chambers, a special education teacher from Maria Saucedo School in Chicago, fills that role.”
Unfortunately Chambers is under attack from her school district, Chicago Public Schools. CPS has suspended and is seeking to fire Chambers because of her role in vocally defending students. Please check out Gunderson’s piece above, Dr. Lois Weiner’s post titled A Teacher Who’s Dangerous- To Chicago’s Power Elites, and then sign this petition to support Sarah Chambers.
You can see Chambers eviscerate the Common Core at the 2014 AFT Convention in this video.
PJSTA President-elect Katie Kleinpeter.
For the first time since 2009 there will be a new PJSTA President. Katie Kleinpeter will succeed the soon to be retired Beth Dimino on June 1st. Listed below are the winners of today’s election:
- PJSTA President- Katie Kleinpeter
- PJSTA 1st Vice-President- Brian St. Pierre
- PJSTA 2nd Vice-President- Dave Anzini
- PJSTA 3rd Vice-President- Matt Carrera
- PJSTA Secretary- Erica Marsh
- PJSTA Treasurer- Maurizio Milana
- PJSTA Webmaster- Brian St. Pierre
- PJSTA Portal Editor- Maurizio Milana
Boyle Road Elementary
- Senior Building Representative- Sue Hirner
- Building Representative- Ann Popielaski
- Building Representative- Nicole Taormina
Clinton Avenue Elementary
- Senior Building Representative- Michelle Sowa
- Building Representative- Liza Carolan
- Building Representative- Barbara Boncimino
Norwood Avenue Elementary
- Senior Building Representative- Erica Gunning
- Building Representative-Laurie Tilmont
- Building Representative- Carole Anne DeVine
Terryville Road Elementary
- Senior Building Representative- Gail Ports
- Building Representative- Debra Rosenquist
- Building Representative- Kathleen Masone
- Building Representative- Ann Sutter
JFK Middle School
- Senior Building Representative- Debbie Reilly
- Building Representative- Katy Dornicik
- Building Representative- Sue Niver
- Building Representative- Kelly Vallette
- Building Representative- Marty Sobel
- Building Representative- Carole Stacy
- Building Representative- Kristin Surdi
Comsewogue High School
- Senior Building Representative- Bo Frimmer
- Building Representative- Angela Azzara
- Building Representative- Mike Bonura
- Building Representative- Matt Brown
- Building Representative- Shane Goldberg
- Building Representative- Margaret Kinane
- Building Representative- Karen Verdisco
- Building Representative- Vincent Verdisco
A big thank you to all members who ran in today’s elections along with the Building Election Coordinators and the Election Chairperson, Sue Niver, for making today’s elections a success. All newly elected positions will begin on June 1, 2017.
A reminder to PJSTA members that elections for our local take place tomorrow, Wednesday, April 5th. We are fortunate enough to have some contested elections within our local, so you’ll want to be sure that you are on time to vote. All voting must take place prior to first period as per the PJSTA Voting Guidelines. Tomorrow we will be electing the following positions…
- PJSTA President
- PJSTA 1st Vice-President
- PJSTA 2nd Vice-President
- PJSTA 3rd Vice-President
- PJSTA Secretary
- PJSTA Treasurer
- PJSTA Webmaster
- PJSTA Portal Editor
- One senior building representative in all schools
- Building representatives for all schools
Check back tomorrow evening for the election winners. The new term begins on June 1, 2017.
Our third episode of PJSTA Live deals with Ed Reform 2.0. We were joined by two guests, Alison McDowell and Jia Lee. McDowell, a parent and a public education activist, blogs at Wrench in the Gears where she takes a skeptical look at digital curriculum in public schools. Additionally she has been involved in United Opt Out and has presented her findings regarding digital curriculum at various locations across the country. Lee is well known in public education and teacher union circles. She has been a conscientious objector for several years, ran against Michael Mulgrew for UFT President last year, and has been a dedicated member of the Movement of Rank and file Educators. She has worked tirelessly to organize teachers in the fight against school privatization.
You can access McDowell’s blog post “Digital Curriculum: Questions Parents Should Be Asking” here.
You can access the slideshow used by McDowell by clicking here.
Click here to access the Students Not Scores website where details around McDowell’s appearance on Long Island will be updated soon.
Here is the video of the panel discussion at the Students Not Scores “Going Beyond Opt-Out” conference today in Port Jefferson Station. The panel was followed by different workshops and a group discussion to round out the day.
Click here to view the News 12 coverage of the event.
Click here to see Newsday‘s coverage.