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Gov. Andrew Cuomo and baloney

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s school reform proposals have infuriated educators across the state. Award-winning Principal Carol Burris of South Side High School is one of them and in this post, she  explains why. Burris has been exposing the botched school reform program in New York for years on this blog.

Teachers, what are your alternatives to Cuomo's plan?

The Thursday rally of more than 1,000 teachers at Minerva DeLand School in Fairport was in the best tradition of democratic populism. But there's something else that's in the tradition of American democracy.

Read Responses to D & C Editorial

Testing's not the key to educational success

Governor Andrew Cuomo and other critics of education view teaching and learning as a business – and as such, they believe teachers and schools should be held accountable for students' successes and failures.

More Conflict Over Cutting Federal Role in Education

As the House of Representatives prepared to take up a Republican proposal for the reauthorization of No Child Left Behind, Congress and the White House on Monday inched toward a confrontation over the federal role in education.

How Twitter is changing the national Common Core debate

Is Twitter affecting the national debate on the Common Core State Standards initiative? Three researchers working on a digital reporting project say “yes” — and they call this the first national policy conversation played out in social media.

Letter from PS 321 Teachers

It is with heavy hearts that we, the teachers at 321, reach out to you to ask for your help. Governor Cuomo has proposed major changes to teacher evaluations in New York State. We want to let you know, from a teacher’s perspective, the changes this law could bring to PS 321 – and to our profession – if it passes.

‘Live with Kelly and Michael’ Top Teacher is quitting: I can’t ‘drill ‘em and kill ‘em’

Stacie Starr is a mother and a ninth grade intervention specialist in Elyria City Schools in Ohio who was selected as “Top Teacher” last year in a national search by the popular television show “Live with Kelly and Michael.” Now, though she still loves to teach, she is quitting.

At New York Private Schools, Challenging White Privilege From the Inside

On a recent morning, 20 or so high school students, most of them white, milled about the meetinghouse at Friends Seminary, a private school in Manhattan.


We do nothaveschool today becauseof the wind chillfactor. The temperature is currently -5 degrees with a wind chill factor of -25 degrees. The safety of the students is the deciding factor to close our schools today as per the superintendents in western New York.

Rochester special-ed plan draws union ire

An important change in the way thousands of Rochester students receive special-education services is taking shape as a battle during the district's 2015-16 budget season. Supt. Bolgen Vargas' proposal would impact classrooms in nearly every school in Rochester. 

RCSD Teachers Send Postcards Inviting Governor To Their Classroom

"Dear Governor Cuomo."

An urgent message from NYSUT President Karen E. Magee

"Sisters and brothers, Gov. Cuomo has declared war on our profession and our union," says Magee.


Attention Possible June 2015 Retirees

You must notify HCI Director Harry Kennedy in writing by March 1, 2015 of your retirement in June in order to claim any money you have accumulated in the Absence Reduction Plan (RTA Contract Section 60, page 95). Be sure to send a copy of your correspondence to the RTA.

Hope you had a restful February recess. Here are a few timely reminders and some issues that we are pursuing on your behalf:


  1. Absenteeism Reduction Plan

  2. Job Sharing

  3. Negotiations 

  4. RTA Facebook

  5. This Thursday

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RTA Crime Victims Assistance Committee

February / March 2015 Workshop Series

4:15 - 6:15 p.m.

RTA office

30 North Union Street

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Information for Teachers Considering Transfer to East High

Anyone interested in applying to transfer in to East should be familiar with and  will be asked to support the following documents: the EPO Plan and the East High Contract.

The Action Committee has developed the following “action” in response to your concern about the ICOT elimination for K-2 and 6-12.  We are urging all RTA members to e-mail the Board of Education and Superintendent Vargas a letter stating your objection to this policy. A sample letter with the talking points is included for your convenience.                    (Jose’ Cruz)         

Write and let your voice be heard!

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The “Mighty Minutes Incentive Program” is a voluntary program

being offered by the district and is not mandated.