The Schenectady Federation of Teachers, Local 803, is a union of professionals representing more than 800 teachers, 300 paraprofessionals and numerous retired members of the Schenectady City School District. Our goal is to provide practical means for protecting and advancing the best interests of our members; to promote the welfare of the children of Schenectady and to raise the standards of the teaching profession in Schenectady.
The State budget that was passed last night is devastating to us, to public schools, and will have long lasting consequences for all of us.
As a result of the new legislation, there will be changes to the tenure process for new members, and a significant loss of protection for teachers, who teach in high need/high poverty districts. The legislation passed last night takes away due process rights from tenured teachers based on a new evaluation system that will be imposed before November 1 of next year. While the ability to bargain some aspects of this new system still exists, understand that the bottom line is this: a teacher rated as Ineffective on a State measure or on a State created Learning Objective will be rated Ineffective overall. The rest of any APPR system will carry no weight.
We are currently waiting to hear from NYSUT on what the strategy will be going forward. My understanding is that the NYSUT Board of Directors is participating in an emergency conference call this evening at 5:00 p.m. We will continue to share and update information through SFT Pipeline emails and the SFT Facebook page.
We have the fight of our careers in front of us but rest assured we are ready to fight! We need every one of you to engage and be ready to support NYSUT’s leadership. We must act as one united group.
Now more than ever, it is crucial that members are signed up to receive private emails from the SFT. Please discuss and share the contents of this letter with any of your colleagues who have not received it.
Urgent General Membership meeting
April 15th, 4:00 p.m.
The primary purpose of this meeting will be to disseminate and clarify the changes we face to the degree they are known at that date.
*Please note we may ask membership to vote on an issue regarding the 2015-2016 SCSD calendar depending on developments between now and then.
Today NYSUT made an Urgent Call to Action to:
Occupy the Capital tomorrow, Thurs. 3/26!
This is an urgent call to action and we need every possible member, (friends and family) to show up!
This is the risk we face in Schenectady:
Call and text friends now to fill a car!
Check out this clip of last night’s Education Rally to Save Our Schools. Notice all the RED SFT Shirts!
Keep the momentum going and join us for the Rally in downtown Albany on Monday, March 2nd!
NEWS FROM THE CAPITAL!!!!
GOVERNOR CUOMO IS ADAMANT THAT ANY BUDGET DEAL
MUST INCLUDE A CHANGE TO 50% GROWTH SCORES FOR APPR
This change would be detrimental to every Schenectady Teacher!
ARE YOU READY TO TAKE ACTION NOW!?!?!?!?
This is the most critical moment in the history of public schools in New York. If you are not participating you are saying you are ok with Cuomo’s deform agenda!
What you can do…
2/26 Rally at South Colonie High School
Pre-Rally at Wolf’s 111 4:30-5:45
111 Wolf Rd Colonie NY 12205
The Rally 7-9pm,
1 Raider Blvd Colonie NY 12206
-arrive early, carpool
NEW RED SFT SHIRTS WILL BE AVAILABLE
AT BOTH LOCATIONS!!!
2/27 IF YOU DO NOT HAVE A SHIRT YET
-Make sure you order one by noon
using this link
-Building Directors will be picking up shirts Friday after school at The SFT OFFICE so you will have them Monday
MAKE SURE YOU RESERVE YOUR SEAT ON THE BUS FOR THE CALL OUT CUOMO RALLY
-We have two busses leaving MPMS and two busses leaving SHS at 3:45 on Monday
-Returning by 7pm
-See your Building Director to reserve your seat
3/2 CALL OUT CUOMO RALLY
-Understand that we will need to go through a security check point at the capital so bring as little as possible.
-If you are not joining us on the bus get
WEAR YOUR RED SFT SHIRT
3/3 TAKE ACTION TUESDAY
-Wear your red SFT Shirt
-Make sure you have texted the word NYSUT to 38470 so you can participate with NYSUT Members throughout the state.
SFT Members please join us Thursday, Feb. 26, forum will begin at 7 p.m. It is entitled: “SAVE OUR SCHOOLS: Quality Opportunities for Public School Children.” The event promises to again bring students, parents, teachers, taxpayers and school leaders together to talk about what is at stake if state leaders do not reverse course and adequately fund schools.
The SFT will be meeting prior to the forum at Wolf's 111 at 4:30 p.m. We will be handing out new SFT Red Shirts to all members that attend the forum. Attached is the forum's agenda.
The forum will take place in the Mark Cornell Auditorium at Colonie Central High School, 1 Raider Blvd., Albany, NY.