NYSUT Statement on Teacher Evaluation Legislation

Source: NYSUT Media Relations
ALBANY, N.Y. April 26, 2018 — New York State United Teachers President Andy Pallotta issued the following statement on legislation introduced today that would fix New York’s broken teacher evaluation system:

“Fixing New York’s broken teacher evaluation system is long overdue. Parents and teachers are rightly angry and frustrated. The misuse of standardized tests and the state’s over-reliance on testing continue to plague the learning climate in our classrooms. There are far better ways to evaluate educators than to use mystery math and algorithms that spit out invalid ‘growth scores’ while subjecting kids to exhausting fill-in-the-bubble tests that aren’t particularly useful or accurate.

“This new legislation would prohibit the mandated use of state tests — including Regents exams and grades 3-8 ELA and math tests — in individual teacher evaluations. School districts and their teacher unions would be able to design their own effective and fair evaluation systems that help teachers to grow professionally while meeting the unique needs of their own communities. Local control is the best way to restore the trust and confidence of parents and teachers and help restore respect for the teaching profession.

“We thank Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie and Education Chairwoman Cathy Nolan for listening to parents and educators and introducing a bill that would ensure that students and teachers are once again valued as more than a test score. We look forward to working with Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the Senate to reduce the testing burden and enact this fairer evaluation system before the end of the legislative session.”

Absentee Ballot and Voter Registration Info – Nov. 7, 2017 – Vote NO Constitutional Convention

Absentee Ballot and Voter Registration Info – Nov. 7, 2017 – Vote NO Constitutional Convention

If you or any of your family members will  be out of your county on Nov. 7, 2017 they are eligible to get an absentee ballot.  This is great for a handicapped member of the family, a college student or a business traveler.   It is a very simple process to download, print and mail the absentee form.


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PMCT Pickets in Support of Clare Rose Teamsters Strike

On Wednesday May 10, 2017 dozens of Patchogue-Medford Congress of Teachers members joined the picket line in Yaphank to support the union workers from Clare Rose who are fighting for a fair contract.

Clare Rose is a distributor of Anheuser Busch products including Budweiser, Bud Light, Heineken, Stella, Blue Point, Michelob, Dos Equis, Pabst Blue Ribbon and Natural Light.  The company has proposed a contract with DRASTIC cuts to pay, pension and benefits.  The drivers are starting their third week on strike.

The Patchogue-Medford Congress of Teachers encourages all members to BOYCOTT all the products mentioned above.


Read morePMCT Pickets in Support of Clare Rose Teamsters Strike

PMCT Exec Board Members Attend AFT Convention

The 2016 AFT convention was held at the Minneapolis Convention Center from July 17-21, 2016. Representing PMCT at the convention were Beth Warnken, PMCT President, Kevin Toolan, PMCT Vice President, Alicia Connelly-Foster, PMCT Secretary, Syndee Zegel, PMCT Political Action, and Linda Nowicki, PMCT Past Secretary and Delegate. At this years convention AFT celebrated 100 years of representing educators. You can read more about the 100 year celebration at this link http://www.aft.org/100years.

The PMCT delegates attended the educational issues committee where ESSA, recess and the I Refuse resolutions were discussed and debated.

Syndee Zegel, Linda Nowicki, Kevin Toolan, Alicia Connelly-Foster and Beth Warnken at the Minneapolis Convention Center representing PMCT.

The pin wall with our PMCT solidarity pin front and center.

Linda Nowicki and Syndee Zegel at the 100 years pin display.


Beth Warnken and Kevin Toolan at the 100 Years pin display.

Our PMCT delegates pictured with UFT MORE leader Jia Lee.

Judge Calls Evaluation of N.Y. Teacher ‘ARBITRARY’ and ‘CAPRICIOUS’ in Case Against John King

Read some of the press on the huge win by Sheri Lederman!!

PMCT Attends NYSUT Leadership Training

PMCT Executive Board Members, Beth Warnken, Kevin Toolan, June Gagnon, Linda Nowicki and Syndee Zegel took part in NYSUT’s Leadership Training the weekend of November 20-22, 2015. The group worked on strategizing ways to improve member attendance at meetings, activities, and important educational events. Ways to improve communication and disseminate information to the PMCT membership were discussed and plans were developed. Building Representative Jennifer Hempfling attended building representative trainings where contract items and the Freidrich’s case were discussed. The group was validated by NYSUT leadership in regards to all that we do and is excited to begin implementing new ideas!

From L-R- Beth Warnken, Linda Nowicki, Kevin Toolan, June Gagnon and Syndee Zegel


From L-R- Jennifer Hempfling, Syndee Zegel, Kevin Toolan, Debra Lloyd Priest(NYSUT LRS), Beth Warnken, June Gagnon and Lynda Nowicki


Sunrise at Gurneys Inn at Montauk

Patchogue’s Four Corners Turned RED FOR ED – Thurs. Sept. 17, 2015

A large group of parents, teachers, administrators and local Assemblyman, Dean Murray, held a rally to protest the Common Core curriculum and the high stakes teacher evaluations imposed on public schools by Governor Cuomo in the last legislative session. These rallies were held simultaneously in 17 communities across Long Island on Thursday September 17, 2015. Rallies and forums like this will continue as the parents in New York State love their schools and will fight for local control of their children’s education.