PJSTA Election Results- Katie Kleinpeter Voted New PJSTA President

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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

Building Elections

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.

 

Reminder: PJSTA Elections Tomorrow!

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.

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PJSTA Live- Episode 3- Ed Reform 2.0

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.

Students Not Scores Hosts “Beyond Opt-Out” Today at JFK

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.

John Flanagan Signs Letter in Support of DeVos

A note from PJSTA President Beth Dimino…

NYSUT Members…

Here’s a reminder that I believe is pertinent at this time. Last August there was a NYSUT President’s endorsement conference to decide who NYSUT would endorse in the November elections. Well, even though I knew it was a farce, I went to that meeting to represent my members. The Long Island Presidents were tasked with deciding whether or not Flanagan and Marcellino should get a NYSUT endorsement. Not only did we as a group demand that these men not get the endorsement, we had other candidates that NYSUT could have endorsed. Our recommendations went to the NYSUT Board of Directors. Andy Pallotta brought John Flanagan to that Board of Directors meeting to try and convince the Board of Directors to overturn what the LI Presidents decided. 

NYSUT leadership has their own agenda completely devoid of the needs or wants of rank and file.

As the Executive Vice President of NYSUT, Pallotta, has gotten us Tier 5/6, 50% of our APPR determined by student’s scores on the NYS Assessments, and Flanagan and Marcellino. Pallotta has unfettered access to ALL Vote Cope Funds. 

NYSUT should be spending Cope dollars on a meaningful campaign educating membership on why and how they can effectively fight against Devos and Flanagan. But, they’re not. 

Donating any money at all to Vote Cope is counter productive and is in direct opposition to your own best interests. 

I am asking you all to consider doing the following tomorrow:

Call your business office and reduce your Cope contribution to $0 until NYSUT Leadership changes… tell everyone you know to do the same!

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John Flanagan laughing it up with John King
In a clear sign of where he stands on issues of public education, New York State Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan, who represents portions of the Comsewogue School District, has signed a letter to Lamar Alexander in support of Betsy DeVos.  The letter, signed by “state-level elected leaders” from all 50 states, applauds Donal Trump for the nomination of DeVos and calls her “an advocate and ally for all children”.  Flanagan, who once complained to Comsewogue that beth Dimino should speak to him in a more deferential tone, was the only New York State legislator to sign the letter.   You can click here to read the entire letter.