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New York taps new education commissioner — a superintendent fired in Florida

In December 2014, MaryEllen Elia, who led the public schools in Florida’s Hillsborough County, was named state Superintendent of the Year for 2015.  The next month, she was fired. On Tuesday, she got a new job — a promotion, actually — as New York State commissioner of education.

How to teach students to struggle and fail — productively

This is the fifth in a series of essays I am publishing that emanate from a project in which more than 20 biology teachers around the country wrote around the prompt: “What is the value of letting students struggle in class?”

Cuomo’s approval rating sinks again

Governor Andrew Cuomo's job approval rating sank again this month, a new poll shows, as voters continue to see corruption as a major problem in state government. A Siena Research Institute survey released Tuesday found 41 percent of voters approve of Cuomo, a Democrat who is in the first year of his second term.

Public education supporters slam Cuomo's tax credit proposal

The bruising battle between Gov. Andrew Cuomo and public education advocates is going another round as the end of the legislative session nears. Cuomo controlled the narrative on his Education Investment Tax Credit proposal on Sunday.

Senate Dems Submit ‘Legislative Solutions’ To Budget’s Education Measures

Senate Democrats introduced on Tuesday a package of measures designed to alter the education policy changes included in the state budget last month.

Gianaris Compares Cuomo To Scott Walker

Queens Democratic Sen. Michael Gianaris in an interview on Monday compared Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s education reform policies to anti-labor measures being enacted under Republican Scott Walker in Wisconsin.

Cuomo’s new tax credit plan offers more for private schools

Unlike past proposals, Governor Andrew Cuomo’s new legislation establishing an education tax credit offers more incentives for donations to private school scholarship funds than public schools.

Why teaching kids to have ‘grit’ isn’t always a good thing

If you follow fads in education, you probably know that what passes for “character education” in this country is now dominated by the teaching of “grit,” helping students learn how to persevere and stay on task.

School apologizes for video of students dancing with dead cats in biology class

There’s no other way to describe this than to say it is bizarre and disturbing: Students in white lab coats doing a choreographed dance routine with dead cats before dissecting them in biology class, while singing.

Doubly vulnerable

In a district where many children fall through the cracks, parents of Latino students with disabilities point to serious flaws in the way the Rochester City School District educates their children.

What are Bill Gates and Warren Buffet talking about?

Three of the most successful men in the history of men — Microsoft founder Bill Gates, Berkshire Hathaway chief  Warren Buffett and Berkshire Hathaway Vice Chairman Charlie Munger — were on CNBC’s “Squawk Box” this week to talk about public education.

Get NY's teacher evaluation system right this time

During Thursday's education "summit" in Albany, teachers of just about every subject, along with parents, school board members, union leaders, and education and testing experts, seemed to agree on one academic fact: Those who do not learn from the past are doomed to repeat it.

John Oliver on Testing and Pearson on HBO

Be sure to watch this segment about testing and Pearson on John Oliver’s show on HBO:

It is fantastic!!

Education chairs propose significant policy changes

The chairs of the Legislature’s education committees have introduced legislation that would make significant changes to the state’s education law and policies, including amending how the Board of Regents is elected and requiring education officials to revisit their decision to adopt the Common Core standards.

RTS: City schools' busing plan won't work

The Rochester School District and public bus system appeared to be at an impasse Wednesday over the future of transportation for students. The Rochester-Genesee Regional Transportation Authority announced on Tuesday that it would stop providing transportation for city high schools, starting in June.

Several Florida School Districts Cut (Way) Back On Tests

Did you hear that? It's the sound of hundreds of thousands of public school students in Florida breathing sighs of relief. The state's largest school district, Miami-Dade County, just cut the number of district-created, end-of-course exams it will require from roughly 300 to 10.



Thank you to the hundreds of teachers who responded to RTA's negotiations survey. Not surprisingly, the categories of issues identified as most important included:

  1.     Improving conditions for teaching and learning.

  2.     Better school safety and student discipline.

  3.     Reducing class sizes.

Clearly, our negotiations proposal will also include other important goals - such as a local retirement incentive, a better dental insurance plan, abolishing the Alternative Work Location (Rubber Room), keeping teacher salaries competitive, and other. Meanwhile, if you have specific questions or suggestions, please email RTA's Chief Negotiator John Pavone or Martha Keating or call them at the RTA 546-2681.

Negotiations for a successor agreement will begin within the next few weeks and our goal is to conclude bargaining before the current contract expires on June 30th. We will keep you informed about the progress of our efforts on your behalf.

Sunday June 14, 2015

The mission of this event is to raise funds for teachers to purchase much-needed school supplies for their Rochester City School District classrooms. Such resources will assist teachers and students in teaching and learning.

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Rochester City School Programs/Buildings Team Incentive: If you are an Elementary, Secondary or Academy on the 2014-15 RCSD School List, you are eligible for TC5K event donations. Thanks to many of our local corporate sponsors, if you have 20+ participants on your team, you will qualify for a corporate sponsorship, which will bring additional donations for school supplies to your program. So, start building your team today! 

It’s that time of year again!!  The Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk is Sunday, October 18, 2015.

Learn more…

Rochester Teachers Association


Rochester Red Wings Baseball Game

June 5, 2015

Frontier Field at 7:05 (gates open at 6:00 p.m.)

$15.00 per ticket 

Click here to order tickets


Placement / Transfer Days are tentatively set for the first two weeks of June. The RTA will post the schedule as soon as it is received by RCSD.

Election Results from Nomination


Elections Committee

Results are not official until after they are presented to the Representative Assembly May 26.

Click here for results…

Homework Hotline is seeking teachers to be involved with the hosting of the live call-in show. The current needs are to add two hosts. One host with math or science qualifications, the other an ELA teacher who will do a special ELA segment once a month on Homework Hotline. 

Please see the link below for the job description and application for further information on specific qualifications. Application packets are due by Thursday, June 25, 2015. Please direct any questions to Dawn Hohmann.

Dial-A-Teacher Director

Click here for details and application…