Americans public education is in controversy. As public schools across the country struggle for funding, complicated by the impact of poverty and politics, some question the future and effectiveness of public schools in the U.S.
For free-market reformers, private investors and large education corporations, this controversy spells opportunity in turning public schools over to private interests. Education, Inc. examines the free-market and for-profit interests that have been quietly and systematically privatizing America’s public education system under the banner of “school choice.”
Education, Inc. is told through the eyes of parent and filmmaker Brian Malone, as he travels cross-country in search of the answers and sources behind the privatizing of American public education, and what it means for his kids. With striking footage from school protests, raucous school board meetings and interviews with some of the most well known educators in the country, Malone zooms out to paint a clear picture of profit and politics that’s sweeping across the nation, right under our noses.
Below is a link to the new NYSUT video on the education tax credit. The video lays out the reasons why this would be devastating for public education with information on what you can do to stop it. Please take a moment to watch if you’re not “in the know” about this proposal and share with anyone and everyone.
Proponents of private and religious education have been pushing HARD for this legislation in the last week or so, most notably the same hedge fund managers who are pro-charter, along with Catholic and Orthodox Jewish groups. The groups have been running TV, radio and internet ads in heavy rotation.
There’s a good chance you’ll see a specific letter or phone-call action day in the next week (the legislative session ends next Wednesday), so keep your eyes peeled.
Subject:RTA End of Year Celebration & Retirement Dinner Date: Thursday, June 18, 2015, 6-9pm Location: Crowne Plaza Hotel, Suffern, NY Cost: $60 per person Due: June 12, 2015 Honorees: Sue Kuzmik, Sally Rubin-Richards, Dara Santoro, Bob Wilson Includes: Cheese and crackers, fresh fruit, appetizer, salad, choice of entrée, dessert, cash bar
Please organize your tables and send payment (checks made out to RTA) and attached form to:
Suffern High School Guidance Office
49 Viola Road
Suffern, NY 10901
In the lead up to our next General Membership meeting, nominations for the 2015-2016 Officers positions are now open.
Building Representatives are determined via the size of the RTA staff in the building. They serve a one year term, which starts on June 1st. As we know from recent developments, Building Representatives are essential to maintaining communication and organizing our group efforts within the RTA.
In order to nominate a candidate, the following is required:
Two individual emails addressed and sent to Ed Provanzana (firstname.lastname@example.org) from a member in good standing with the RTA, stating the candidates name and building in which they work. No nominations will be accepted on the floor of the General Membership meeting.
Nominations for candidates for Building Representatives will be accepted by email until 12:00 P.M. on Monday, April 27th. Nominees will be contacted before the election. You may not nominate yourself for the position.
Executive Officer Positions
Executives were nominated and elected at the end of the 2014 school year. Leadership remains as is.
Elections will take place Tuesday, May 12th. The vote will be conducted using electronic balloting from BallotBin.com. A vote will only be held if your building warrants it.