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.

Trump Fires Shot Across the Bow to Teachers

“…an education system flush with cash, but which leaves our young and beautiful students deprived of all knowledge”

-Trump’s Inauguration Speech