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Posted on October 25 at 6:58 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Commissioner King can prove that the common core is not about tests and truly allow districts to have control over the curriculum by agreeing to a moratorium on high stakes common core exams. By doing so New York would join the other 42 of 44 states implementing the standards but not testing them yet.

From: Common Core blasted at forum

Posted on April 26 at 8:37 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Districts agreed to these deals because the State has not completed its part, figuring out how State tests scores will be calculated into the 40% of teahcer evals, so no one knows how these scores will turn out. That is how it continues...

From: District’s teacher evaluation plan draws rebuke

Posted on April 22 at 1:46 p.m. (Suggest removal)

NYSUT's President makes roughly $250,000 which equates to what former NY State Education Commisioner Dr. Steiner was making when he stepped down.
As for the huge political contributions they come out to less than $17 per member last year. This money does not come from union dues but through voluntary contributions members make to our PAC. Mayor Bloomberg on his own could write a check that could match all political contributions NYSUT can make.

From: Program for failing Schenectady students gets an ‘F’

Posted on April 21 at 6:54 p.m. (Suggest removal)

***sorry: "that teachers make 23.7%"

From: Program for failing Schenectady students gets an ‘F’

Posted on April 21 at 5:44 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Wmarincic- we already established that you incorreclty believe that teachers 23.7% more than they actually do (see comments re: the article about SCSD SPED Study)

From: Program for failing Schenectady students gets an ‘F’

Posted on April 17 at 4:40 p.m. (Suggest removal)

First off teachers do not make 60K unitl their 11th year not the 5th, and to be completely accuarate this year teacher's in the 11th year only made 59,200 because they gave $1,000 in salary back to the district so that the district did not have to cut as many programs for the students or raise the communitie's taxes as high. 5th year teachers made $48,420 so you are only off by $11,580.

Second most private schools rely on public school teachers to come in and deal with special education students or they just don't admit them.

Third the report itself states "But the problem isn’t the quality of the teachers"

From: Report documents Schenectady special education problems

Posted on May 12 at 8:37 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Just a reminder to cfield: The Republican party co-opted the Dixiecrats breaking the Solid South over the Democrats Civil Rights stance...The Replublican Party today is as much the Party of Lincoln as the Democratic Party today is the party of Jefferson Davis.

From: Letters to the Editor for May 10

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