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NEW ==> Are You Mad Enough?

Are You Mad Enough to:
-Educate Yourself, family and friends
-Register and Vote
-Donate to Vote Cope
Take Action Now! : https://mac.nysut.org/

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Don’t Be a Baby….Make a Call NOW!

Legislators Need Push From Public to Fund Schools:

As Legislative leaders met with Gov. Andrew Cuomo to resolve the state budget, some legislators continue to make their fervent wishes known. Five Democrats have written to leadership and Gov. Cuomo urging them to include more funding for education in the final pact — especially for struggling upstate rural and small city school districts.

http://blog.timesunion.com/capitol/archives/209149/stewart-cousins-breslin-and-tkaczyk-push-for-more-school-funding/

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Common Core Delay in Budget? Gov Needs a Shove:

A delay in the implementation of the Common Core standards is being discussed for the final budget agreement. Lawmakers said changes to the standards will be dealt with in the state budget, due Monday, in order to pre-empt the coming round of testing set for next month.

The Democratic-led Assembly previously approved a two-year delay in implementing aspects of Common Core when it comes to teacher evaluations and student assessment.
But Governor Cuomo insists that he does not want any changes to the Common Core standards to impact the teacher evaluation law approved last year.

http://www.nystateofpolitics.com/2014/03/common-core-moratorium-on-tap-for-budget/

Fight The Governors Bad Budget with Your Phone:
Only 2 business days to demand action from Governor Cuomo on fair funding for public education.
Call the Governor’s office at 518-474-8390. You can leave a message 24/7.
Tell him to:
-End the GEA
-Restore Funding to Public Schools
-Stop funneling $ to Charter Schools
I called did you?

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Teachers Deserve Fair Evaluations:

According to NYSUT President Richard Iannuzzi, teachers deserve much better than "gotcha" evaluations based on discredited and invalid measures of student performance. Until the Regents and state education department fully get it right and can ensure that student assessments and teacher evaluations are accurate and fair measures of what happens in the classroom, New York must honor the intent of the teacher evaluation law and delay high-stakes consequences. For students and teachers, New York must make it right before making it count.

http://www.timesunion.com/opinion/article/Teachers-deserve-fair-evaluations-5351682.php

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Tell Lawmakers Their Bad Budget Leaves Kids in the Cold
http://www.nysut.org/resources/special-resources-sites/freeze

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Coming Soon:
Free Showing of the movie “Inequality for All” May 1st at 7:00 pm, Palace Theater, Syracuse, NY
A documentary by Robert Reich on income inequality and our shrinking middle class and how this has affected America’s economy and democracy.

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NEW ==> NYSUT Appreciation Night with the Syracuse Crunch

Saturday, April 12 vs. Toronto Marlies, War Memorial Arena, 7:00pm. Tickets only $14 (a savings of $10 per ticket). The Crunch would like to thank all teacher for their hard work and dedication! To view your options for ordering tickets please click here.

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NEW ==> The February 2014 WGTA Cabinet Meeting Minutes

The February 2014 WGTA Cabinet Meeting Minutes are now online. Please click here to read the latest news from the WGTA.

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NEW ==> NYSUT Launches Ad Blitz on Governor's and Senate's Bad Budget
from NYSUT.com, March 21, 2014

ALBANY, N.Y. March 21, 2014 - New York State United Teachers today launched a $1.5 million ad blitz to oppose a tax freeze plan that would put added pressure on school districts to cut programs, and blasted the Senate for favoring wealthy benefactors of private, non-public and charter schools over public schoolchildren.

The statewide radio and television ad campaign is aimed at the Senate and Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who are backing what NYSUT called a "devastating plan that squanders hundreds of millions of dollars for tax breaks for the wealthy while denying students the programs and services they need." The campaign calls for a greater investment in public education and hits the Senate for supporting new money for corporate charters and its Education Investment Tax Credit plan that gives away expensive new tax breaks to wealthy New Yorkers who donate to private, non-public and charter schools. NYSUT said tax credits would siphon off hundreds of millions of dollars in desperately needed revenue that should be used to help public schools, which serve the vast majority of the state's students and have been decimated by cuts.

To read the rest of the story please click here.

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NEW ==> News and Notes from President Mannion

1. Public Education Advocate Diane Ravitch will be speaking at Hendrick's Chapel April 1 at 7:30. This event is expected to be standing room only and I have been asked to give a projection of the number on WGTA members that might attend. Syracuse University is looking at changing the site to accommodate a larger crowd. Thank you to Mary Gotham for communicating with SU and notifying them of people who will be attending. If others are interested please reply to my email so I can give a new number to SU. Additionally, I may be able to secure some parking passes which considering the crowd may be helpful. Information on the lecture is available here:
http://www.thenewshouse.com/event/university-lecture-diane-ravitch

2. There is an education forum on Tuesday, March 25th at Storer Auditorium at OCC at 6pm. The topic is opting out of the upcoming NYS Tests. See attached flyer by clicking here.

3. The Senate Majority Coalition is about to send millions of dollars towards charter school and away from public schools that have already been impacted by massive cuts. Call your State Senator at 1-877-255-9417, then press 2 to speak with your state senator. See link below.

The Senate Majority budget proposal adds only $217 million in new school aid—only 56% of what the Assembly added. The Senate Majority actually offers more state funding to private schools than it does to public schools by authorizing a tax credit for private schools that is estimated to cost the state at least $250 million in the first year.

http://dianeravitch.net/2014/03/14/charters-rule-new-york-state-senate-proposes-to-protect-charters-but-not-public-schools/

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NEW ==>
The March / April 2014 MemberShip

The March / April Membership is now online. For the latest news from the WGTA, please click here.

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NEW ==> APPR Information

APPR Suggestions for Evidence, compiled by MACS Teachers and Administrators. This website information was also added to our LINKS section.

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NEW ==> Blue Cross/Blue Shield Website

Excellus Blue Cross/Blue Shield website - programs explained, find a doctor or hospital, coupons, prizes and more. This website information was also added to our LINKS section..

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NEW ==> Diane Ravitch will be a guest speaker at SU's University Lecture Series

Diane Ravitch will be a guest speaker at SU's University Lecture Series April 1st at 7:30pm. Information is at: http://lectures.syr.edu/lectures/the-death-and-life-of-the-great-american-school-system/. The lecture is free and open to the public.

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NEW ==> The AFT Robert G. Porter Scholarship Program
from the AFT

Dear WGTA Members,

Are you working to help your union find ways for its members to join in reclaiming the promise of a more just society for all? Or do you have a child who is a senior in high school with plans to attend college? We can help! As part of the Robert G. Porter Scholars Program, the AFT offers $8,000 scholarships to four high-achieving high school seniors who are the dependents of AFT members. And 10 grants of $1,000 each are available to AFT members from all divisions who seek to implement ideas for their union about the role union members can play in collectively reclaiming the promise.

Applications are now available online.

Robert G. Porter was a dedicated union activist from the time he joined his first AFT local in East St. Louis, Ill., until his death in 1991. For nearly four decades, the late AFT secretary-treasurer gave his all to championing the rights of working people, promoting civil rights, and ensuring that the union was a vehicle for helping members achieve justice. Since its inception in 1993, the Robert G. Porter Scholars Program has awarded more than $500,000 to AFT members and their dependents to further their education and to help grow our union’s capacity to achieve our goals.

Your application is now available online.

This year’s winners will be announced by June 30 and will be recognized at the AFT convention, July 11-14, in Los Angeles. The deadline for submitting the 2014 application to the AFT is March 31.

We look forward to another exciting year for the Robert G. Porter Scholars Program.

In unity,
Lorretta Johnson

AFT Secretary-Treasurer

Click here for additional information. Please address your questions to porterscholars@aft.org. (Telephone requests for applications will not be accepted).

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The WGTA Email Directory Has Been Updated

Please click here to download the newest WGTA Email Directory.

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