"2011 CSA News"
50TH ANNIVERSARY NYSFSA REPORT WHO’S WHO Diane Ravitch Race to the Top Guide to to Present Seminar Moves Forward CSA Elected on Unions and In Fits and Starts Representatives Education and Officers 4 10 12 November 2011 Volume 45, Number 3 Local 1, American Federation of School Administrators, AFL-CIO CSANEWS COUNCIL OF SCHOOL SUPERVISORS AND ADMINISTRATORS Layoffs: School Aides and CSA AT WORK Small Change, Parent Coordinators Axed Major Havoc ‘Supervisors of’ Face New Reorganization BY ANNE SILVERSTEIN The re-assignment of six Supervisors of Psychology from the recently disbanded Cluster 3 this summer has snowballed into an avalanche of questions about how some “Supervisors of…” should receive new assignments. CSA has been in weekly, some- times daily, conversations with the Department of Education since early August concerning Supervisors of YURIDIA PEÑA Speech and Supervisors of n CSA President Ernest Logan spoke at an Oct. 4 press conference called by DC 37 on the ﬁred school aides and others. Psychologists. The number of mem- bers affected has grown as the con- BY YURIDIA PEÑA but to lay off non-mandated staff versation topic has expanded: Now the assignments of about 30 Nearly 700 of the lowest paid Why did the most members including school aides, family workers and parent coordi- Ms. Fuentes. Supervisors of Speech and 30 Supervisors of Psychology are at stake. school support staffers received pink vulnerable schools nators. The DOE still hasn’t slips from the Department of explained why schools with the “We believe that district-like Education last month after negoti- get hit hardest? most vulnerable populations were assignments make the most sense in providing support ations with the city and Local 372 hit hardest. services to schools,” said CSA President Ernest Logan. (District Council 37) collapsed. Lillian Roberts, the head of DC With the current system of cluster assignments, “In the current situation, dis- President Ernest Logan. Mr. Logan 37, blamed the city for refusing to Supervisors of... may have schools in two or three bor- tricts are being pitted against dis- said that Principals were mandated continue discussions. “In recent oughs. “We’re wasting valuable time sitting in traffic and tricts, schools against schools, and to comply with the DOE’s demand negotiations with the administra- Continued on Page 5 unions against unions,” said CSA to reduce staff, and had little choice Continued on Page 6 Day Care Creating that Competitive Edge Directors Express Fears, A BY YURIDIA PEÑA ‘Virtual Enterprises’ s student data con- tinues to drive cur- aims to make high Frustrations riculum planning, school students BY ANNE SILVERSTEIN public schools have increased test prep business savvy. About 25 Day Care members and college readiness attended the first of CSA’s annual courses forcing the num- tive edge for college and borough meetings on Sept. 27 in ber of extracurricular pro- the workplace. East New York, Brooklyn. grams to dwindle. Virtual Virtual Enterprise Each year, the union holds a meeting in each of the boroughs Enterprise International, International (VEI) offers except for Staten Island. The meet- however, is one of the few intensive courses on eco- ings are held to provide informa- specialty programs that nomics, computer soft- tion to the members as well as to has survived the chopping ware systems and market- VEI get feedback from the members. block because its provides ing, to name a few. n Roy A. Diudonne of New Dorp High School at the Business Plan CSA First Vice President Randi students with a competi- Continued on Page 8 Competition last spring. Herman and CSA Counsel Charity Continued on Page 3 2 CSA NEWS November 2011 PRESIDENT’S PAGE The Relevance Council of School Supervisors & Administrators American Federation of School Administrators, AFL-CIO, Local 1 of ‘Occupy’ 16 Court Street, Brooklyn, NY 11241-1003 Phone: (718) 852-3000 ‘Occupy Wall Steet’ has meaning to educators. By Ernest A. Logan Fax: (718) 403-0278 W www.csa-nyc.org ho would have imagined In the meantime, teaching-to-the-test President that schools would make had practically become the law of the land; Ernest A. Logan Occupy Wall Street (OWS) a the arts and other untested subjects were Executive Vice President field trip destination or put on the back burner; schools were closed Peter J. McNally teachers would be planning and replaced with smaller ones; and school First Vice President to “Occupy Tweed”? Let’s face it: There’s a leaders were held responsible for the game Randi Herman, Ed.D direct relationship between a healthy public change. Money that could have gone to Secretary Mark Cannizzaro school system and the survival of our middle nurturing children in the classroom was Treasurer class and our democracy. NYC has suffered squandered on reducing student achieve- Laverne Burrowes continuous budget cuts to education over the ment to a snapshot in time. We should take Vice Presidents last three years, with the Mayor promising a tip from the rich and say, “This isn’t good Jermaine J. Garden, another 2 percent in January and another 6 enough for our children.” Richard Oppenheimer, Henry Rubio, Nancy Russo, percent in June. Meanwhile, billionaires con- When the focus is on scores, graduation Irwin Shanes, Retiree Chapter tinue to invest in our schools as de facto leaders rates also mean less. Since 2003, graduation of reform. Even the Mayor is taking money out rates in NYC have improved at a higher rate Executive Director Operations Anita Gomez-Palacio of his pocket to subsidize an initiative for black than the rest of the state. That’s good, but General Counsel and Latino male students. graduation rate isn’t synonymous with col- Bruce K. Bryant This fashionable trend to pour private money into public lege-readiness. Only a quarter of our city’s high school gradu- Counsel education is no substitute for public funding. There are risks ates are college-ready. Many, who actually go into crippling David Grandwetter, Charity Guerra debt to go to college, find themselves in remedial classes and attached to giving free rein to rich folks with unproven theories Comptroller the majority soon drop out of school owing great sums of Phil Fodera about how kids learn. If we keep stripping away public funding and depend on the kindness of billionaires, we will eventually money. This is no way for young people to aspire to the next Special Assistant to President Gary Goldstein have a semi-privatized education system in which the children rung of the socio-economic ladder; it’s a journey to nowhere. of the 99 percent are increasingly at the mercy of the 1 percent. In the midst of all this austerity, school choice is more avail- Executive Director Field Services able than it was eight years ago. If a student is lucky enough to Audrey Fuentes We’ll be heading away from democracy toward plutocracy and Occupy Wall Street will prove a sorry point. end up in a school with more affluent families or in a DOE pet- Field Directors Juanita Bass, Stephen Bennett, Long before the protesters took to the streets calling for project school, the child might thrive. Judging from parent sat- Phyliss Bullion, Bernard Lopez, equitable taxes, most of us were calling for that. If the Mayor isfaction rates today compared to 2004, there actually is more William Meehan, Kathleen Murphy, Daisy O’Gorman, Steven M. Rosen, still sees himself as the education mayor, he will start fighting school choice and the majority of parents are satisfied with to raise revenues through equitable taxation. Not only would their choice of schools.2 We applaud this. Assistant Field Directors Mary Aloisio, Mildred Boyce, that restore education funding, it would help our poorer fami- Joseph Costa, Charles Dluzniewski, • • • lies with safety nets like health care, unemployment insurance Martin Fiasconaro, Joanne Frank, O Aura Gangemi, Pat Glassman, and early childhood education.1 Meanwhile, the DOE should n the other hand, if a family doesn’t luck out, the child Ellie Greenberg, Ray Gregory, trim the fat at Tweed, including consultants in test develop- is more likely to be in an overcrowded classroom. The James Harrigan, Robert Jeanette, most reliable studies link smaller classes to student Kate Leonard, Christine Martin, ment and accountability systems. Monica McDonald, Lena Medley, achievement. 3 But because budget cuts prevent Principals from Thelma Peeples, Mercedes Qualls, • • • hiring teachers, thousands of classrooms exceed size limits; Cynthia Sanders, Shelli Sklar, Margaret Principals are teaching some classes themselves, and the sup- T Williams esting is necessary to gauge where our children are strong and where they need to be stronger. But, remember, as port of school aides is often not there. The DOE got rid of hun- Grievance Director dreds of aides a few weeks ago and laid the fault at the feet of Robert J. Reich NYC placed greater emphasis on tests starting in 2003, the tests became an end, not a means. Testing allowed the city Principals. I doubt that many among you would have chosen Assistant Directors Carol Atkins, Robert Colon, to boast of “historic progress” in student achievement as rising to lose an aide if you could have helped it. Marlene Lazar, Ph.D, rates in scores outpaced those in the rest of the state. Then in While there’s no proving this, that lay off of struggling, Phyllis Casolaro Williams mostly minority school aides – many of them single mothers – 2010, fate tore back the curtain; the state recalibrated scores Director of Communications seemed to inspire members of education unions and parent Chiara Coletti and revealed what many of us feared. The passing rates fell nearly to what they had been seven years earlier. organizations to join forces en masse with Occupy Wall Street at Assistant Director Antoinette Isable the march from Foley Square to Zuccotti Park on October 5. Director of Political Affairs Ironically, in these times, with marching in the streets, the Herman Merritt Assistant Directors ‘We Are the 99 Percent.’ DOE dares to embark on expensive initiatives: the special edu- cation initiative with SESIS, its glitchy data system; the middle Jahmila Joseph, John Khani school initiative with its plan to launch a constellation of char- Alithia Rodriguez-Rolon – Governmental Affairs ter schools; and the ELL initiative, which “calls for placing the Director of Development main burden of accountability on its more than 1,600 princi- Dawn Wills pals.” 4 The DOE also has turned 22 persistently low-perform- Director of IT ing schools over to EPOs, outside organizations, paying them Egal Sanchez to restart those schools. Frankly, I’d rather see us do it ourselves CSA Conference Chairman as we did successfully with the Chancellor’s District in the ‘90s. Pierre Lehmuller “The best predictor of low academic performance is CSA Retiree Chapter Neil Lefkowitz, Chair poverty,” says education scholar Diane Ravitch. If we accept Mark Brodsky, Director that premise, we must continuously examine our public school CSA Historian system to see where it succeeds and only claims to succeed. Jack Zuckerman We’ll do that, not to be a nuisance, but to hold public educa- tion up as the highest priority of a democracy. In the words of CSA NEWS Phil Weinberg, Principal of the High School of Editor Anne Silverstein Telecommunications Arts and Technology, “We believe that in Editorial Assistant Yuridia Peña America, education is the key to owning your own life.” In Production Consultant Michele Pacheco YURIDIA PEÑA these ways, the interests of public education intersect with Production Assistant Christine Altman n Unions joined the Occupy Wall Street protestors on Oct. 5 dur- those of Occupy Wall Street. Design Consultant Louis Silverstein ing a mass rally and march that began in Foley Square and CSA News (004-532) is published wound up at Zuccotti Park, where the encampment was in its 1) I would like to point to “Occupy the Classroom” by Nicholas monthly except July and August for third week. Union leaders congratulated demonstrators for D. Kristof, The New York Times, Oct. 19, 2011: “But the single step $35 per year per member by CSA, 16 Court St., Brooklyn, NY 11241. bringing to the nation’s attention the disparity between the 1 that would do the most to reduce inequality has nothing to do with Periodical postage paid at Brooklyn, percent who hold most of the country’s wealth and the other 99 finance at all. It’s an expansion of early childhood education.” NY, and addition mailing ofﬁces. percent. These same leaders admitted that unions have been POSTMASTER: Send address changes 2) The New York Times, Sept. 6, 2011 to CSA News, 16 Court St., Brooklyn, unable to gain much traction on the topic. 3) Education Week, July 1, 2011 NY 11241. 4) The New York Times, Oct. 13, 2011 November 2011 CSA NEWS 3 Day Care Directors Express Fears, COMING EVENTS Frustrations Over Stalled Contract ( Events are at CSA’s Brooklyn Headquarters, 16 Court Street, unless otherwise noted. ) Continued from Page 1 n RIGHT: Members listen as Guerra discussed the moribund Day Care union representatives tell NOV. 8: CSA Annual contract, which expired more than five years them to continue to reach Member Meeting at ago. They both told members that they must out to legislators. Food and Finance continue to reach out to elected officials, n BELOW, LEFT: CSA First High School community boards and CBOs to educate Vice President Randi people about the services early childhood Herman, left, and CSA NOV. 10, 9 AM: Retiree centers provide to children and families. Chapter Executive Counsel Charity Guerra Dr. Herman said, “We need to educate Board Meeting smiled during a brief, lighter people about what we do. They’re not hear- moment at the meeting. ing from educators. They’re not hearing from NOV. 14, 5 PM: people who are working with children and Members are worried about Association of families everyday.” their jobs as well as whether their Day Care Centers will Assistant Principals Members expressed their frustrations Executive Board about the contract situation because they exist next year. fear that their health benefits will be stripped n BELOW, RIGHT: Lorna NOV. 21, 5 PM: Irish away. They also expressed their fears that Johnson, Director, St. American Heritage they will lose their jobs as the city overhauls Malachy’s CDC, welcomed and Culture the Day Care system during the implemen- CSA members to her center. Committee tation of EarlyLearn NYC. EarlyLearn requires that Day Care Center YURIDIA PEÑA NOV. 29, 5 PM: boards reapply for city money to stay NYCESPA Executive open.The application is lengthy and com- Board plicated and some Directors fear they didn’t have the resources to even fill out eligible NOV. 29, 5 PM: CSA applications. One of the most upsetting Latino Caucus requirements of EarlyLearn is that the Day Care boards will have to contribute 7 per- DEC 1, 4 PM: CSA cent of the Center’s operating costs, an Defensive Driving impossibility many Boards say. Class “In the past, at least, there were meetings where we could talk about contract rights. DEC. 7, 4:30 PM: CSA Now all doors are shut. It’s now a waiting District Chair game. What is the union doing?” said George Meeting Peña Herrera, who is the Director of East Calvary Day Care Center, Manhattan. DEC. 9, 10 AM: Retiree Dr. Herman acknowledged that she, too, Chapter Advisory was angry at the city’s refusal to negotiate Committee Meeting with CSA, but emphasized that Day Care that run individual Day Care Centers and Care members: that they do, indeed, work Directors and Assistant Directors continue are, as such, individual contractors with the for the city. Most Directors and Assistant DEC. 9, 5 PM: to have an important job to do – preparing city. CSA has tried various legal avenues, Directors have more interaction with the NYCESPA-sponsored the city’s children for their school careers. including filing a grievance with the NYS city’s Administration for Childrens Services professional The city refuses to acknowledge that Day Public Employment Relations Board, to have and other city agencies that with their own development Care Directors are city employees saying that some government agency acknowledge what boards. Please check with the event the Directors work for independent boards is so clear to union officials as well as Day Yuridia Peña contributed to this report. organizer to conﬁrm times • • • and dates. What You Can Learn From the Process and in ELI Presents the afternoon, Dr. Vicki Garavuso will pres- ent, Supervision: What to Look for When Teachers Are Teaching. Both presenters are Day Care from the Center for Workers Education, CUNY, which partners with ELI in these workshops. Retirement Workshops March 9, 2012, Liege Motta, staff devel- oper, Bank Street College of Education, pres- ents the morning workshop, Language and BY CSA NEWS STAFF Literacy in Early Childhood Classrooms: What Do the Standards Mean to You? Dr. Garavuso The Executive Leadership Institute will presents in the afternoon, How to Plan Hands- present its six workshops for Day Care On Workshops for Staff. At CWE, 25 Broadway, Directors and Assistant Directors beginning 7th floor, Manhattan. this month and running through May. The April 4, 2012, Dr. Elizabeth Matthews workshops are made possible through fund- presents the morning workshop Forming an ing from the NY City Council. (The first Assessment Plan Using the Whole Child workshop on autism was held Nov. 3.) Approach. In the afternoon, Dr. Garavuso will Dec. 1, Dr. Donna Geffner will present ANNE SILVERSTEIN present How to Build a Community of Learners: Auditory Development Skills and Intervention n Liege Motta, a staff developer at Bank Street n JENNIFER CANTON- Teachers’ Professional Development. At CWE. C L A R K E retired on Sept. 7 for the Young Child at CSA’s Brooklyn office. College, is among the presenters scheduled for May 18, 2012, Lynn Hurdle-Price will after more than 30 years of Feb. 3, 2012, Sara Seiden presents a morn- this year. Above, Ms. Motta presented last winter present Decisive Communication and service in public education. ing workshop entitled NAEYC Accreditation: on Jan. 7 at CSA’s headquarters. Leadership: Communication that Supports Ms. Canton-Clarke has been Effective Management and Supervision. At CSA’s an advisor at CUNY, a teacher new location: 40 Rector St., Manhattan. in District 17 (nominated as Help a Colleague Workshops begin promptly at 9 a.m. after "Teacher of the Year" in 1996), breakfast at 8:30. Lunch is served at noon, and a school administrator for Principal Sean Walsh (IS 291, D-32) is battling cancer and must undergo another round 13 years. Her final position was of chemotherapy. His doctor told him he could return to work after the winter break but by and the day ends at 3:30 p.m. Please note: as an Assistant Principal at Nov. 28, he will have exhausted his Cumulative Absence Reserve balance. CSA is asking Food and materials are ordered for registered Shellbank I.S. 14, D-22, members to donate CAR days to help Mr. Walsh. To donate, your CAR balance must have at participants only. To register for this work- Brooklyn. A retirement notice least 40 days in it or less than 180 days. For every day you donate, two days are deducted shop, visit the CSA website, www.csa-nyc.org, that ran in the October CSA from your CAR. Download the donor form from the CSA website at http://bit.ly/p4Xs7t. to download an application. News had some incorrect infor- Send the form to IS 291, 231 Palmetto St., Brooklyn, NY 11221, attn: Joanna Salas. For more information, contact ELI at mation in it. The Editor regrets (718) 852-3000. the error. 4 CSA NEWS November 2011 The Grievance Corner Bob Reich Leaves of Absence, Sick Leave and Sabbaticals SA’s collective bargaining agreement, the above reasons requires a) the approval of Administrators are not eligible for a sabbati- C negotiated by your union, provides you with the right to request leaves of absence and sabbaticals. This month, I want to review the applicable con- tractual clauses with you. your supervisor and b) submission to the DOE’s Leaves Unit. It is important to note that when granted a leave, as a member of the Teacher Retirement System, you con- tinue to accrue retirement credit for the cal leave of absence. A sabbatical may be requested for a period of six months for study. The course of study is subject to approval by the appropri- ate supervisor. A sabbatical may also be duration of the aforementioned leaves. granted for restoration of health. When Leaves of Absence and Sick Leave A member may also apply for a Leave applying for a restoration of health sabbati- The contract gives you the right to Without Pay to Adjust Personal Affairs. This cal the written approval of the School request a leave without pay for the following leave is granted for reasons including, wind- Medical Director is required. Applicants and purposes: ing up of a family business on the death or or their physician must submit a confiden- a. Study related to the supervisor’s license incapacitation of the family member in tial medical report (OP 407) to HR Connect – field. charge, or if the member is ill. The period for Medical Administration Office. Chancellor’s b. Study to meet eligibility requirements for this leave may be for up to two years. regulation C-650 outlines the requirements a license other than that held by the for a health sabbatical. The union supervisor. Sabbaticals Upon completion of your sabbatical, you c. Acceptance of a supervisory or teaching Supervisors who have completed proba- must return and work for three years of has position in a foreign country for one year, tion or acquired tenure in the license in active service. However, a waiver may be with such leave renewable for an addi- which they are serving currently or in a pre- requested in writing due to a serious illness fought for tional year. Such position shall be spon- vious supervisory license may apply for sab- or physical incapacity. sored or approved by the US government. batical. Sabbatical salary is calculated at 60 your right d. Acceptance of a teaching or supervisory percent of the supervisor’s regular pay. The ach month this column is written to to request position in the City University of New York or a college of SUNY for one year sabbatical leave pay of supervisors who receive a bonus shall be based upon their E make you aware of your rights, new rules or regulations and of course grievance issues. leaves. with such leave renewable for one year. The processing of leave applications for annual salary and the amount of the annual bonus received. Unfortunately, Education Don’t wait! Questions, concerns or thoughts? Contact me at email@example.com. 1968: A Year of Strife, Anger and Fear CSA turns 50 on Jan. 30, 2012. Each ing meetings every morning after people month, the CSA News will highlight a mile- finished picketing their schools. A Retrospective stone in the union’s history. This month: I also remember organizing rallies with my UFT District Rep in Poe Park in the The strike of 1968. Bronx, demonstrating vociferously in front of Unions and of the then-hated New York Times on West BY PIERRE LEHMULLER 43rd Street, tying up traffic on Fifth Avenue around 56th Street (near Gov. Rockefeller’s N Education in NYC early two generations have gradu- office), and picketing City Hall. (Editor’s ated from NYC public schools since Note: Mr. Lehmuller says a few sympathetic one of the city’s seminal moments: superintendents brought paychecks past picket the 1968 fall school strike that closed the lines in front of schools to distribute to strik- schools for 36 days until nearly Thanksgiving and left New Yorkers bit- ing staff.) As part of the union’s terly divided. The settlement satisfied no one but allowed schools to reopen. Due process was celebration of its Set against a tumultuous year in which Martin Luther King, Jr. and Robert F. preserved, and teachers and supervisors got 50th anniversary, we their jobs back. But in the interim, because Kennedy were assassinated, students took over Columbia and cops beat up protes- of the anger and fear for their safety, many have arranged for a tors at the Democratic National staff had secured transfers to other parts of the city. The settlement also included an lecture by education Convention in Chicago, an experiment in community control spiraled out of control additional 45 minutes of instruction every historian Diane day and the elimination of planned school when local governing boards attempted to dismiss hundreds of Jewish teachers, holidays to make up for lost time. Ravitch for CSA Pierre Lehmuller is the CSA Conference Assistant Principals and Principals and hire Chair when he isn’t demonstrating against members. Please African-Americans in their place. The resulting strike, led by the social injustice. join us Jan. 31 at St. UFT and joined by CSA, saw picket lines outside schools, a mayor Francis College. under attack and huge demonstra- tions for and against a community’s Registration is online only at the CSA website: www.csa-nyc.org right to select staff how it saw fit. Jan. 31 at 5pm • St Francis College, 180 Remsen Street, Brooklyn The racial divide was ugly but many white and black activists joined together in support of due process for teachers and supervi- sors. And Don’t Forget… For CSA, it was a defining The 50th Anniversary celebration culminates moment as well. The fledgling union had just appointed its first with a gala dinner/dance at the District Chairs who were suddenly called upon to be strike captains for Waldorf=Astoria on April 27. Stay tuned for their districts. They certainly got CORBIS/BETTMANN more than they bargained for; I was n UFT President Albert Shanker, left with glasses, and details! the first CSA Chair in District 8 at civil rights leader Bayard Rustin at a rally of about the time, and I remember organiz- 15,000 educators at City Hall on Sept. 16, 1968. November 2011 CSA NEWS 5 New Member Reception Legislative Union Meet and Greet Agenda Herman Merritt C SA hosted a reception for new members at its Brooklyn headquarters on Oct. 13. CSA’s officers and Old Battles Pick staff introduced themselves and described the services the union Up New Steam provides to its members. Among those who spoke ttacks on public employees were Executive Director Field Services Audrey Fuentes (pic- tured below); Executive Director Operations Anita Gomez-Palacio; General Counsel Bruce Bryant; A nationwide, symbolized by the taking of workers’ collective bargaining rights in Wisconsin, have led to a movement to fight back. Quietly, activists have been ELI Executive Director Eloise struggling around the country to edu- Messineo; Communications cate the public about this trend. In Director Chiara Coletti and Wisconsin, there were recall elections n New Principal Jacque Coombs (PS 325, D-19), chats with Political Affairs Director Herman in districts resulting in the removal of CSA President Ernest Logan Merritt. two incumbents who supported the weakening of workers’ rights, and n Audrey unfortunately we face similar chal- Fuentes, lenges here in New York as we face an Executive Director Field attack on provisions of the Taylor Law which regulates collective bar- We could Services tells new members gaining in the state. Currently, the Taylor Law pro- have to about the function of the hibits strikes by public employees and mandates severe penalties for ﬁght all Field Teams. At right, listen- those who break this law. An amend- ment to the law – the Triborough over again ing, is Executive Vice Amendment – levels the playing field by keeping the provision of the for the President Peter McNally. expired contract in place and allows workers to continue to receive their right to ANNE SILVERSTEIN incremental salary step raises. Unfortunately, there have been calls collectively in the editorials for the abolition of this amendment which we believe bargain. would create an atmosphere of insta- Small Change, Major Havoc for bility and bad faith negotiations. Repeal of the Triborough Amendment is non-negotiable! On a federal level, CSA strongly supports the American Jobs ‘Supervisors of’ Assignments Act which we feel is great for labor. President Obama has pro- posed a $447 billion program to create jobs and increase con- sumer spending. Unemployment is at an unacceptable rate and Continued from Page 1 opaque, but ultimately said experience and prior there must be some stimulus from the government to create looking for parking spaces,” Mr. Logan said. work in a specific district was to be the criteria. jobs. History shows that government stimulus programs have Summarizing the situation is difficult because “Supervisors of Speech heard about the reas- created, not only jobs in times of a poor economy, but the problem has grown – and changed – since the signments unofficially,” said Ms. Fuentes recently, question of how to reassign six Supervisors of “and there was an uproar from speech supervi- Psychology from Cluster 3 arose. Briefly here’s sors in terms of their assignments.” At this point, The state’s ‘millionaires tax’ will what happened, according to Audrey Fuentes, Ms. Fuentes asked Johannah Chase of the DOE’s Executive Director Field Services, who has spear- Division of School Support and Instruction with end in December. headed the union’s efforts to bring member con- whom she had been dealing, for a complete list cerns to the DOE’s attention: of new assignments. “Our members were asking, After the dissolution of Cluster 3 this summer, ‘How come I got this district when I asked for improved the infrastructure of the country. This bill would also the DOE made tentative assignments for the six another district?” Others felt they had been dis- modernize schools, hire and re-train teachers and extend unem- Supervisors of Psychology and planned to ask for criminated against, or thought one supervisor had ployment benefits. feedback on the proposed placements in the been ‘favored’ over another.” Ms. Fuentes sug- A number of us have visited the protesters of Occupy Wall remaining five Clusters, said Ms. Fuentes. During gested these supervisors write to Ms. Chase. Street, or marched with them on Oct. 4, demanding that an early exchange with the DOE, Ms. Fuentes “It was not clear to our members how deci- America’s wealthiest share the burden of those with low to asked who would be the new rating supervisors sions were made,” said Ms. Fuentes; the DOE’s moderate income. With layoffs of city and state workers on the for these members, and then opened the prover- attempts for transparency had not only fallen flat, horizon, impending budget cuts, overcrowded classrooms, and bial can of worms by asking, “What will happen to but had created anger. So more meetings were the reduction of essential services for children, there is a Cluster 3’s Supervisors of Speech?” Meanwhile, held in September to discuss the issues. “We said, renewed call for the extension of the “millionaires’ tax” sched- the six Supervisors of Psychology were tentatively ‘If you’re going to ask for preferences as you make uled to sunset in December. CSA has been working with legisla- reassigned. changes, you need to use seniority to make the tors in Albany to insure that we find increased revenue streams By Aug. 29, the first day back for 10-month decisions to be transparent and fair; you have to to guarantee that adequate funding is allocated to the schools. Supervisors, the DOE responded to Ms. Fuentes’ use a method that can be easily explained to the question with a proposal that perhaps all people involved.” Supervisors of Speech should be aligned by While the DOE has OK’ed assigning The Executive Leadership Institute Districts/Boroughs; the DOE then sent a survey Supervisors of Speech in alignment with dis- presents a plenary with to about 30 Supervisors of Speech assigned to tricts/boroughs (since their jobs are closely aligned Clusters to ask them their preferences. (Editor’s with schools,) it continues to say “no” to this Charlotte Danielson Note: Readers may be confused about the DOE asking method for placing Supervisors of Psychologists. anything about districts since from 2003 the DOE has The explanation is that Supervisors of “Enriching Professional Practice: assiduously battled to eliminate districts and assign- Psychologists are aligned with clusters, which cross ments by district.) district and borough lines. A Framework for Teaching” Ms. Fuentes responded by expressing her con- At a Sept. 26 meeting, the DOE said it was hav- All CSA members are invited. cerns as to how member preferences will be han- ing trouble compiling seniority lists for Supervisors Nov. 17, the Church of Saint Paul the Apostle, dled, i.e. what would happen if two people wanted of Speech. By Oct. 26, Ms. Fuentes said, the list 405 W. 59th St., Manhattan the same assignment, and what recourse members was to have been delivered to her but still hadn’t Breakfast will be served at 8 a.m. The plenary begins at 8:30. would have if they were unhappy. (She also asked arrived. As for Supervisors of Psychologists, CSA Register at http://bit.ly/saATlU to see the assignments for the Cluster 3 Supervisors is still pushing for the DOE to assign them by dis- of Psychology.) The DOE’s response was a little trict/borough, but continues to meet resistance. 6 CSA NEWS November 2011 The Welfare Fund Douglas V. Hathaway, Ph.D. Changing Dentists and Plans is Easy as 1-2-3 Q UESTION: I am an Education erage. I am in the GHI-Enhanced Medicare D Once we receive the required documenta- Administrator and I have been a drug plan, and my September monthly state- tion, we reimburse 100 percent of your out- member of the Healthplex dental pro- ment from Express Scripts indicated I was in of-pocket costs, with no deductible, until we gram since I became a CSA member. Catastrophic Coverage. I read somewhere that reimburse $5,000. Since your catastrophic My dentist retired and sold his practice. I do the CSA Retiree Welfare Fund would reim- payment is about 5 percent of the cost of the not like the new dentist. What can I do? burse costs if I came out of the doughnut drug, you are essentially getting the next ANSWER: You have a great sense of tim- hole. How do I apply for this reimbursement? $100,000 of medications for free! ing. All three CSA Welfare Funds (CSA Welfare ANSWER: You remember correctly. The For those who do not reach the cata- Fund for in-service DOE participants, CSA laws that created Medicare Part D prohibit us strophic level, remember that you will Retiree Welfare Fund for DOE retirees, and from reimbursing drug co-payments until you receive, for one family member, a reimburse- DCC/CSA Welfare Fund for Day Care reach the catastrophic level – also known as ment of $40 per month for each month you Directors and Assistant Directors and retirees) leaving the doughnut hole. Once you reach are in the GHI-Enhanced Medicare D drug conduct an open enrollment for dental pro- this level, send us a copy of ALL the pages of plan. Reimbursements are made in February grams each November. the monthly drug report you receive from of the following year – 2011 reimbursements We build in You may select any dental plan available Express Scripts. The first page or two simply should arrive mid-February 2012. to participants in your fund and the change identify you and disclose what level you have • • • ﬂexibility will take place Jan. 1, 2012. A description of reached. It does not have the itemized list of We have a new optical center on the par- in our each of these dental plans is printed below. (If you stay with Healthplex, you may change drugs and associated costs that we need to reimburse you. The additional sheets have ticipating panel of our Funds: Great Neck Opticians – 146 Middle Neck Rd., Great Neck, dental your primary care dentist at any time.) details about the medications, such as the pre- NY 11021, (516) 466-3874 – has joined our scription date, the drug strength, and the independent panel. If you are in the area, plans. UESTION: I am a retired Assistant amount both you and the plan paid, but does please consider them when you receive your Q Principal and Medicare is my primary cov- not have identifying information on it. next optical voucher. • • • OFFICIAL NOTICE Open Enrollment for Dental Plans Every November, members of the cluding surgeons, endodontists and peri- of dentists in your area is available upon re- N.B. Members in the Healthplex DCC/CSA Welfare Fund, CSA Welfare Fund or odontists - also at no cost. Dentcare dentists quest. (Note: This plan requires a minimum of Dentcare or the Delta Dental plan CSA Retiree Welfare Fund may change their may change primary care dentists are private practitioners in New York, New ﬁve member enrollees in a state or it is un- dental plans for the coming calendar year. If at any time if they are dissatisﬁed Jersey and Pennsylvania. available.) you wish to change your coverage as of Jan. with their dentist. 1, 2012, call the CSA Welfare Fund at (718) DELTA DENTAL/DELTACARE USA PLAN 2A HEALTHPLEX S200 FLORIDA PROGRAM 624-2600 and request a dental selection accept the CSA schedule of allowances as For retirees only: For an annual fee, this For retirees living fulltime in Florida: The form. If you are happy with your dental payment in full (except for a small co-pay- HMO provides no-charge dental care for pre- new Healthplex S200 program covers more plan, do nothing! ment where indicated in the schedule). ventive services such as cleanings, x-rays and procedures than the previous plan offered Here are the plans, in summary: exams. Basic services, such as ﬁllings, are also with CompBenefits, and had a greater num- HEALTHPLEX DENTCARE either free, or cost substantially less than reg- ber of participating providers. With over 2,300 SIDS DENTAL PROGRAM In NY, NJ and PA, for in-service and re- ular charges. Major work such as crowns, participating providers plus hundreds of spe- For in-service and retired members: tired members: This is a pre-paid plan (HMO) bridgework, and orthodontic care cost about cialists in Florida, you may select any partici- This CSA self-insured dental program is ad- which offers you a unique arrangement with half the usual charges for these services. pating provider without a referral. Some pro- ministered by Self-Insured Dental Services no claim forms or outlay of monies (except This is a good choice for members who cedures have a defined co-payment and no (SIDS). You select a dentist of your choice for a $50 co-pay to cover some lab charges live where there are few SIDS or Healthplex additional reimbursement is provided. from a list of participating dentists OR one for crowns and $125 for orthodontics). Mem- participants. A large number of participat- who is not on the list and reimbursement is bers select a primary care dentist from a list. ing dentists can be found in Arizona, Florida, Douglas V. Hathaway is the CSA Welfare based on a set schedule of fees. Using a par- This dentist provides total care at no addi- California, New York, New Jersey, Washing- Fund Administrator. Call him with questions ticipating dentist, however, will probably re- tional cost and, when necessary, arranges for ton DC, Georgia, Nevada, Pennsylvania, about your dental plan at (718) 624-2600 or duce your costs because many of them treatment by participating specialists in- Texas, Maryland and Massachussetts. A list email him at firstname.lastname@example.org. School Aides Axed in Mass Layoffs Continued from Page 1 MLC member unions, including the UFT, these employees was the only option next and no one wins – our tax dollars tion, the union offered a proposal gener- developed alternative ways to avoid lay- offered. either keep a worker employed and our ating significant savings so we could save offs. Soon after workers were discharged, schools running smoothly, or our tax dol- these jobs. However, the city refused to DC 37 offered the city three proposals the city posted non-union vacancies for lars go to pay for unemployment and continue discussions and directed that included reduced hours and imposed the same jobs performed by the dis- other social services needed as a result of Principals to go forward with the layoffs,” furloughs but was turned down. The DOE charged unionized public employees. “We job loss,” said Mr. Logan, who was one of said Ms. Roberts. never asked school Principals for feedback have been told that this has nothing to the speakers at the hearing. The city, naturally, continues to blame about these options; the city claims it was do with a political vendetta that this “There is a disproportionate impact in DC 37 for refusing to make real conces- honoring the Principals’ earlier staffing mayor has against this union. … That is the struggling schools and the communi- sions to salvage the positions of school decisions, and that Principals told them not the truth,” said Henry Garrido, DC ties of color. This will have a devastating aides, parent coordinators and others. "I that DC 37’s proposals were not feasible 37 Assistant Director. impact on our communities,”said am sympathetic to these workers, but, in to run schools. But Santos Crespo, Local Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott Assemblyman Karim Camara during an part, because other unions would not 372 President disputes that. was lambasted by the City Council at a Oct. 4 press conference at City Hall. Most work with us to find more savings, schools “Our first proposal, they claim was too public hearing the week after the layoffs of the fired employees are minority have to absorb cuts to their budgets, and much money … Principals told them that on Oct. 7. Mr. Walcott justified the lay- women. from there our Principals made the best they could not do a day-to-day operation offs saying they’ll save the DOE $28 mil- School aides make about $14 an hour; staffing decisions for their students," said with [what] we were proposing [but] when lion. City Council members, and others parent coordinators about $35,000 a year, Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott. the President of the principals union and including Mr. Logan, rebutted this asser- according to printed reports. In the last The Municipal Labor Committee, of I communicated, [he said he was] never tion saying the layoffs will cost taxpayers three years, DC 37 has lost more than which DC 37 is a member, rejected a pro- part … of that discussion,” said Mr. about $11 million in public assistance pro- 2,200 school support positions in neigh- posal last spring to give the city $200 mil- Crespo. Mr. Logan confirmed that he was grams. borhoods including Brownsville, lion from the Health Benefits Stabilization never a party to DC 37’s proposals, and “Layoffs in the public sector simply Washington Heights, East New York, Fund to help close a budget gap. Other was stunned that the decision to lay off shift one line item from one budget to the Williamsburg and the South Bronx. November 2011 CSA NEWS 7 Travel Desk Notebook GARY GOLDSTEIN Parent Resources nominate a student for outstanding serv- ice to the school for a Human Service cer- Magniﬁcent Destinations – Arts Education tificate. The deadline for nominations is March 30. High school seniors may apply for an ABENY scholarship. The deadline The Center for Arts Education has for applications is April 27. For informa- Samba to Brazil Northern Europe released a new resource for parents of mid- tion, call Dr. Sheilah Bobo at (917) 412- Jan. 13-20, 2012 Aug. 11-24, 2012 dle and high school students. The guide 9009 or email email@example.com. Sail on the Vision of the Seas from Fly to Amsterdam on Aug. 11 and – Getting the Best High School Arts Education: ABENY's November General Sao Paulo on Jan. 13 to Rio, Salvador sail Aug. 12. 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A visa for Brazil is required ($160 wait. These rates will increase! RATES: inside, $2,207.18; window, support arts education in schools. Visit http://bit.ly/high-school-parent-guide- Fall Computer per person.) Airfare not included. $2,342.18; balcony, $2,942.18; con- order to order your copy. You may also download a PDF version there. Conference cierge, $3,242.18; sky suite, $4,522.18. The NYS Association for Computers President’s Week Cruise Onboard credits available until Dec. and Technologies in Education will hold Feb.19-26, 2012 1 for the staterooms as follows: sky – Guide to College its annual conference on Nov. 20-22 at The award-winning Celebrity Solstice suite, $200; all others, $100. Optional the Rochester Riverside Convention The New York Urban League has pub- sails Feb. 19 from Ft. Lauderdale to insurance, singles upon request. Center, Rochester, NY. More than 100 lished a free guide to parents on the ins Grand Cayman, Cozumel, Honduras and outs of the college application one-hour workshops and presentations and Costa Maya! Round-trip airfare is Summer Sail to Bermuda process. The guide includes information will be offered. Visit www.nyscate.org included. Prices won’t last. Book now! July 1-8, 2012 on financial aid, the application process for conference information. RATES: inside, $1,587.43; veran- Sail Celebrity’s Summit from Cape as well as specific supports for parents. dah, $1,857.43; verandah concierge, Liberty, (Bayonne), NJ, to the pearl of The guide is free and can be ordered from $1,927.43 (best value!); aqua class, the Atlantic: Bermuda. Spend three the NYUL or downloaded from its web- $2,017.43; sky suite, $3,067.42. days on the island while enjoying an site. Visit www.nyul.org/parentguide for Teachers’ Romantic Danube array of food, beverages, entertainment and amenities on this floating hotel. more information. Retirement May 20-2012 (depart NY May 19) Sail from Nuremberg on the Legend. Take advantage of these special rates for CSA while they last. ABENY’s Annual System Visit the Danube Canal, Kelheim, Regensburg, Passau, Melk, Vienna and RATES: interior, $1,227.68; win- dow, $1,257.68; balcony with Black History October 2011 Unit Values arrive in Budapest on May 27. Extend concierge service (best value), Celebration Diversiﬁed Equity: 51.100 Stable-Value: 19.289 your stay in Prague or Budapest. $1,537.68; aqua class, $1,735.68; sky RATES: Cat E window, $2,498; Cat ABENY's annual Black History cele- International Equity: 8.002 suite, $2,437.68 If you book and D window, $2,698 per person; Cat C bration will be Sat., Feb. 4 from 1-3 pm Inﬂation Protection: 10.200 deposit prior to Dec. 1 you will receive balcony, $3,098 per person.Wine, at the Cadman Plaza Library in Brooklyn Socially Responsive onboard credit for sky suites of $200 excursions and taxes included. Add air, Heights. The winners of the ABENY Essay Equity: 9.208 per cabin; all other cabins receive $100 single supplement and insurance. Contest, for students in grades 2 to 10, per cabin onboard credit. will be honored. The deadline for essay www.trsnyc.org submissions is Jan. 9. Principals may We Need To Canada New England August 18-25, 2012 Hear From You! Sail with us on the elegant Maasdam (Holland America). We leave from CSA Goes Green New itinerary for Princess Cruise’s Boston on Aug. 18 and arrive in most elegant vessel, the 700-passen- Montreal on Aug 25, 2012. Our ports ger Paciﬁc Princess. If you think this of call include Bar Harbor, ME, Halifax- is for you, contact me ASAP so we Nova Scotia, Sydney, Nova Scotia, may secure discounted rates. Charlottetown, and Prince Edward Fly Jan 3, 2013 from NY to Manaus, Island. We’ll cruise the Gulf of St. Brazil (Amazon jungle). Board the Lawrence, Quebec City, and the St. Paciﬁc Princess sailing ﬁrst through Lawrence Seaway to Montreal. Extend the Amazon to Parintins, Boca de your trip for two nights in Boston Valeria and Santarem. Continue and/or Montreal. Airfare not included. north to Devils Island. Enter the Call for more details. Caribbean and stop in Scarbor- RATES all-inclusive: Inside, ough, Tobago, St. Lucia, Saint $1,311.48 per person; window, Martin. Dock Ft. Lauderdale on Jan. $1,491.48; oversized verandah, 17. This is just one of two sailings $2,511.48. Singles, triples and quadru- to this area of the world. plets also available. Insurance on request. For third, fourth person rates, single rates, optional insurance or any other ques- tions, email Gary Goldstein at email@example.com. CSA Defensive Driving Class CSA will offer its accredited Defensive Driving Course on Dec. 1. This class ANNE SILVERSTEIN may help you save up to 10 percent on your car insurance or remove up to four points from your driver’s record. (The discount is not applicable to fire or theft.) The course will be offered at 4 p.m. at CSA’s Brooklyn headquarters at Paperless Policy Takes Effect 16 Court St. in downtown Brooklyn. The class is approved by the National n CSA has embarked on a new paper management system. The union recently Safety Council. installed scanning equipment, and the staff has been busy creating a massive To register, send a $40 check, made payable to Image Driving School, to database of newly scanned documents. As documents are digitized, the originals CSA, 16 Court St., Brooklyn, NY 11241, Attn: Driving School. With your pay- are collected and shredded in mobile shredding trucks. The net result: Less storage ment include your name, title, school, address, the date of the class and a space is needed at CSA. Above, Joel Hanson, office assistant, moves boxes of papers home telephone number. For information, call Image Driving School at (718) into the mobile shredding truck in September. 922-2600. 8 CSA NEWS November 2011 Creating that Competitive EDGE TRADE SHOW A wide-angle lens captures the view at V made business arrangements and networked. It’s an exciting day mentioned above, students must also take a basic computer class offering Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint tutorials. “I think we do a disservice for young people not to be ready (for the workplace) after 12-plus years of schooling,” said Eddy Bayardelle, President of Virtual Enterprise YURIDIA PEÑA International and the former President of the PLANNING SESSION Timur Lobov, a senior at Fort Hamilton High School, is the Senior Vice President of the school’s virtual Merrill Lynch Foundation. company, Safe Guard Security Inc.. Here he’s discussing his plans to go to California to attend a VEI trade show on Nov. 29. At right is Fort Mr. Bayardelle believes the program’s mission is Hamilton Principal Jo Ann Chester; left with her back to the camera is Mary Grace Alfredo, a business teacher who has led the program at Fort Hamilton for 12 years. giving inner city kids a competitive advantage by providing them with the kinds of skills they’ll ‘Virtual Enterprises, Inc.’ Provides Real-Life need after college, or even after high school should they need to work through college or if college is Business Experience for High School Students not an option. “I’m not saying that you don’t need degrees, but I don’t think you should leave high school without business skills,” he said. Continued from Page 1 menu of products and services – from banking, Each Virtual Enterprise has a life span of seven Students participate in national competitions insurance and technology to publishing, advertis- years until they are liquidated. This fall at Fort where their teams present their business plans to a ing, retail, travel and leisure. Hamilton High School, seniors began to lay the “Board of Directors” – a panel of judges. An inter- Expectations are high for students who partici- foundation for a new enterprise. After many brain- national trade show offers students from around pate in VEI programs. In addition to the courses storming sessions and pitches for a new company the world the opportunity to showcase virtual by students, the class narrowed down their options companies, sell products and promote their brand and decided between a security company and an while analyzing their competitors’ businesses. application software company. The apps enterprise Virtual Enterprises International derives from won the popular vote. European apprentice programs that can be traced However, when the student-led executives later back to the 17th century when practice firms were met, they overturned the vote and decided that the set up for young adults who wanted to learn a apps market was too fickle and a security com- trade or transition from, what today, we’d call a pany – later named Safe Guard Security Inc. – blue-collar job to an administrative position. In would be the best decision. 1994, a group of school administrators visited “The No.1 goal right now is to make a stable Austria to observe an office simulation classroom foundation. We don’t want a weak company,” said that left them in awe. Superintendents, Principals Artur Katsev, CFO, Safe Guard Security. and Assistant Principals piloted the program in Chief Operating Officer Esraa Elzin juggles her seven high schools in NYC. The first high schools regular classes and a college-credit business course were mostly comprehensive sites with business with a part-time job at a local pharmacy. She says programs including Murry Bergtraum, Norman VEI “helps you be ahead of the game.” Saiqa Thomas and Evander Childs. Khaskali enjoys her role as VP of Human Resources: Today, advanced technology enables students to “It doesn’t really involve the business planning; it’s manage and sustain their companies online mak- more organizational and paper work.” ing it easy for high school students from around “The class is about time management, they the world to trade, sell, merge and acquire stocks YURIDIA PEÑA learn personal finance and how to be better con- from their competitors. VEI has a network of 5,000 VIRTUAL EXECUTIVE Saiqa Khaskali, a senior at sumers,” said Mary Grace Alfredo, a VEI business student-run companies – involving thousands and Fort Hamilton High School, is the Vice President of Human teacher who has facilitated the program for 12 thousands of students – in 40 countries that offer a Resources for one of the school’s two virtual companies. years. November 2011 CSA NEWS 9 N AT I O N Labor DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA: AFL-CIO Job Push The AFL-CIO has organized a nationwide campaign to push law- makers to support job-creation programs. The campaign supports President Obama’s American Jobs Act that would dedicate $447 bil- lion to rebuild, including modern- ization of schools. The campaign also supports the call for a tax increase for America’s wealthiest. Hundreds of events are anticipated across the country. (The Hill) GEORGIA: Bill To Do Away With NLRB Legislation, sponsored by Representative Trey Gowdy (SC), aims to do away with the National NEW PRODUCT Labor Relations Board (NLRB). The A Norman Thomas High School bill is being co-sponsored by U.S. student representing her Rep. Lynn Westmoreland (Ga). If school’s company talks to a visi- enacted, the NLRB’s responsibili- tor – Chris Park, President, of the ties would be given to the New York Life Foundation – at Department of Justice and the the VEI Trade Show last April at Office of Labor-Management VEI the 69th Regiment Armory in Standards at the Department of VEI trade show last spring at the 69th Regiment Armory. Students from across the nation showcased their products, Manhattan. Labor. Supporters of the bill con- y for all the high school entrepreneurs involved. tend the NLRB has been putting its support of labor unions ahead “It really gives them insight in post-graduate BUSINESS of workers. (The Times-Herald) pursuits, and makes them college and career ready,” STRATEGY said Principal Jo Ann Chester. Students from Fort CALIFORNIA: Fort Hamilton has two virtual companies and Hamilton High Occupy Wall St. last spring, both of them made it to the National School won third place at the AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka Business Plan Competition, a real accomplishment announced his support of the National Business since teams compete by borough, region and then Occupy Wall Street demonstrations Plan Competition. state before getting to the nationals. (One of Fort Here students pre- that have been cropping up across Hamilton’s team, Bon Voyage Travel, placed third!) sented their busi- the country. He said, “The labor The high school’s VEI alumni seem to have movement backs the goals of the ness strategy to a Occupy Wall Street protesters. . . made good use of their school experience - one of roomful of execu- and will work with such groups.” Fort Hamilton’s grads now works as an executive at tives from private Trumka said the AFL-CIO’s agenda Chase and another works at the US Department of and public sector is similar to that of the protestors organizations. and outlined demands of the the Treasury. VEI union that include investment in job creation, the halting of foreclo- sures and dealing with problem mortgages. (Los Angeles Times) A STu DEn T’S STo Ry My Life Revolved Around It ILLINOIS: Job Creation Plan BY MAI-AJAH KEEL A job creation plan has been pro- posed for Chicago to create 40,000 y experience in Virtual bined his or her knowledge with M Enterprise was the most sig- nificant of my high school career. others to help sustain their com- pany. Both of the firms at my jobs. The plan involves imposing a $.25 per contract speculation fee on traders on Chicago’s two main The program is a simulation of school, the Academy of Finance exchanges: the Chicago Mercantile business that teaches the finan- and Enterprise in Queens, are Exchange and the Chicago Board cial, ethical, managerial and defi- financial firms so the usage of Options Exchange. The tax would nitely the competitive aspects of Microsoft Office, including Excel create $1.4 billion annually. how companies function today. and PowerPoint was vital and was (talkingunion.wordpress.com) VE students are “employees” something we had to learn. working for various virtual compa- The environment is also similar ARKANSAS: nies in different schools. In VE, a to many companies with real cubi- Walmart Policies majority of the employees are sen- cles, computers, telephones, con- iors although juniors also partici- ference rooms, mail boxes, the Following a U.S. Supreme Court pate. It depends upon the school. stress and more. ban on pursuing a class-action law- We had the opportunity to Most surprisingly, VE never suit filed ten years ago that alleged sex discrimination, a number of travel and attend workshops to became a chore. In fact, my school women’s groups joined organized meet others and practice our pro- life grew to revolve around it. I put YURIDIA PEÑA labor to call on Walmart to review fessional manner in public and most of my time in it and gained n From left, John Jastremski, VEI Associate Director, Mai- its pay scale for women; they con- while still having fun and learning at least twice as much in return, ajah Keel, and Eddy Bayardelle, VEI President. Mr. tend practices described in the in the process. and that will help differentiate me Jastremski is an Education Administrator who writes the lawsuit continue. Walmart denies Every employee used skills from my competition. curriculum for VEI in New York City. Mr. Bayardelle has a the allegations. (Washington Post) learned during their first three Ms. Keel was an intern at CSA for long resume of high-ranking education jobs including — COMPILED BY years of high school, and com- the summer of 2011. Superintendent of the Hempstead school district. CHRISTINE ALTMAN 10 CSA NEWS November 2011 In Memoriam // NYSFSA // 16 Court Street President: Peter McNally, NYC Brooklyn, NY 11241 Vice President: Charles Whelan (Yonkers) (718) 852-3000 Secretary: Steve Murphy, Buffalo www.nysfsa.org New York State Federation of School Administrators Treasurer: Audrey Fuentes, NYC n CYNTHIA EPSTEIN, wife of Leonard Epstein, the former Principal of PS 161, D- 17, passed away on Oct. 6. Mrs. Epstein was an assistant teacher for seven years at PS 260 Annex, Brooklyn. Condolences may be sent to Mr. Epstein at 41A George Washington Dr., Monroe Twp., NJ 08831. Race to the Top Moves Forward n BLOSSOM GELERNTER, 79, the ﬁrst Principal of PS 234, D-2, Manhattan, died But Stumbling Blocks to Implementation Crop Up on June 16. Ms. Gelernter came to the BY CHIARA COLETTI not been negotiated with NYC.) school from its inception in 1976, when • Transformation, which replaces the the ﬂedgling program opened as an On the cusp of spring and summer, Principal and introduces comprehen- annex to PS 130 in Independence Plaza, we anticipated dealing with challenges sive curriculum reform, professional a large downtown housing development that accompanied New York State’s tri- development and extended learning. in Tribeca, long before Tribeca was a hip umphant bid for a federal Race to the • Closing the school. neighborhood. (The program subse- Top (RTTT) grant. The bittersweet fruits Following prolonged discourse and quently served as an annex to PS 3.) of our victory included adopting new resolution, Yonkers accepted both a Once PS 234 was designated as a school, standards and assessments based on the transformation model and a turnaround Ms. Gelernter became the Principal, a Common Core State Standards (CCSS); model and was awarded $3.5 million in position she held until 1989, the year implementing elaborate new data sys- SIG money; Buffalo accepted six trans- after the school moved to its present tems; adopting new teacher and Prin- formation models and was awarded location on Chambers Street. Said the cipal evaluations; and participating in nearly $9.3 million; and NYC accepted Tribecca Trib in its obituary, “P.S. 234, in new initiatives for turning around low- 21 transformation and 14 restart mod- its early years, was in the city’s vanguard achieving schools. All of this was to hap- els and was awarded $105 million. For of progressive education, in part pen just as the architect of the state’s NYC, all but the restart models were because many of the neighborhood's RTTT application, Commissioner David determined earlier than this summer. parents were free-thinking artists…” Ms. Steiner, was stepping down and his Early last summer, John B. King was (The Restart schools account for nearly Gelernter retired from the Board of replacement had yet to be named. appointed commissioner of education half of the money.) Education in September 1991; she con- In that blink of an eye between sum- Finally, progress was made in the tinued working in education in various mer and fall, John B. King was achieving schools. The choice of a model most controversial area – Principal and jobs including as a mentor to Principals appointed Commissioner and most of comes with a hefty federal School teacher evaluations – but the matter is at the Bank Street College of Education. these major initiatives bumped ahead. Improvement Grant (SIG) to each school far from resolved. (See story at right.) Her husband, Sandy, died in 1985. For the most part, NYS moved forward in need of improvement. All federally Now that the state and its districts Condolences may be sent to the family at with professional development in CCSS. prescribed models hold certain risks for have defined their RTTT scopes of work, her brother’s home: Michael Gosset, 65 Network teams trained first. Then nearly the contractual rights of Principals and educators remain divided about its goals. Pickwick Drive North, Syosset, NY 11791. all school leaders and teachers trained require constant vigilance from NYSFSA Some view this monumental federal Donations may be made to the for ELA/Literacy, math and arts stan- and CSA. To receive funding to support initiative to improve the nation’s schools Pulmonary Hypertension Association. dards. During the current school year, important reform work for low-per- as little more than a continuation of No n WOODROW (WOODY) WILSON every teacher in the state is expected to forming schools, one of these models Child Left Behind, which places a dan- JACOBS, 91, died on July 30. Born in provide at least one course that is has to be adopted: gerously high priority on reading and South Carolina, he was raised in aligned with the new standards. By the • Restart, which converts a school or math scores thus leaving little room for Mattituck, NY, and served in the US Army. 2014-15 school year, standards are closes it and reopens it as a charter more than a minimum standard. He began his education career at expected to be fully absorbed into the school or under an educational part- Others believe that RTTT is more flexi- Bushwick High School and became an DNA of all NYS schools. nership organization (EPO). ble and conducive to higher standards. Assistant Principal at JHS 162, D-16, A rockier part of the RTTT process • Turnaround, which replaces the Few doubt President Obama his good Brooklyn. He also served as a Supervisor this summer involved the continuing Principal and rehires no more than intentions for introducing RTTT, but the at IS 291, D-32, Brooklyn. He retired in development and selection of models half of the current teachers, while implementation will remain in question early 1978. His wife, Charlena, died in for turning around persistently low- adopting a range of reforms. (This has for a long time to come. 2006. He was a longtime member of St. Grabriel’s Episcopal Church, Hollis, Queens. n DR. JOSEPH WASHINGTON SANFORD, Buffalo Superintendent Resigns 84, a former NYC public elementary school Principal and the husband of NYS Regent Adelaide Sanford, died on Oct. 9. and Many Layoffs Are Rescinded A graduate of USC and UCLA, Dr. Sanford, BY ALITHIA RODRIGUEZ-ROLON school district employee and a member received layoff notices. In late July, the a musician, began his NYC education of the Superintendent’s cabinet, to serve district sent layoff notices to 117 teach- career as a music teacher and moved up The Buffalo Board of Education as Interim Superintendent. The Board ers and 150 teacher aides. These cuts through the ranks. He received his Ph.D voted in August to accept the resigna- approved Ms. Dixon’s contract at its were part of the Board’s adopted budget. in educational administration from tion of Superintendent James A. Sept. 14 meeting and her term began Some parents and teachers re- Fordham University in 1977. A lifelong Williams, ending on Sept. 15, when Mr. William’s resig- sponded by aggressively lobbying board political and civil rights activist, Dr. what has been a nation took effect. members to restore the positions. Sanford was present at the 1963 March bumpy tenure. Over [Editor’s Note: Mr. Williams’ resig- Parents at City Honors High School on Washington, and was present when the course of Mr. nation was not a total surprise; last were particularly vocal. City Honors was Malcolm X was assassinated. After his William’s six years June, he announced plans to retire in in line to lose six teachers, many of retirement in 1982 from the NYC school in charge, his rela- June 2012.] whom had received special training in system, Dr. Sanford served as the tionship with stake- Amber Dixon began her career in International Baccalaureate courses. Principal of a Connecticut school and holder groups, in- the district as a math teacher. She Board members Ralph R. Hernandez then later as a Principal of a private cluding labor un- taught for 10 years before going on to and Mary Ruth Kapsiak introduced a school in Brooklyn. Condolences may be Amber Dixon ions, has been shaky serve in a variety of administrative posi- resolution to reinstate laid-off teachers sent to Dr. Adelaide Sanford at 194-17 and occasionally vo- tions within the district. Her salary will and evaluate hiring back the teacher 104th Ave., St. Albans, NY 11412. latile; Mr. William’s achievements as be $175,000, $45,000 less than that of aides who had been laid off. And late Donations may be made to the Board for superintendent are also spotty. For her predecessor. (Printed reports say that in August, Buffalo’s CFO Barbara Smith the Education of People of African instance, recent graduation rates re- Ms. Dixon suggested this cut because it and Mr. Williams sent a memo to board Ancestry, the Dr. John Henrik Clarke leased by the NYS Education Depart- is in line with Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s members informing them that 28 House, 286 Convent Ave., NY, NY 10031. ment showed an increase for all of the proposed Superintendent Salary Cap teacher layoffs would be rescinded soon Dr. J.W. Sanford had a key role in estab- Big Five school districts with the excep- legislation of last year.) and a possible 32 more would be lishing the Dr. John H. Clarke House. tion of Buffalo, which dropped to 47.4 In other news, the Buffalo School rescinded later. In addition, 27 teacher Obituary information should be percent. The average statewide gradua- Board voted unanimously to use its aides' layoffs were rescinded. sent to CSA News Editor Anne Silver- tion rate was 73.4. entire contingency fund – $1.2 mil- As the CSA News goes to press,the stein at 16 Court St., Brooklyn, NY The Buffalo Board of Education lion – to restore the positions of some school system was still sorting out the 11241 or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org. appointed Amber Dixon, a longtime teachers and teacher aides who had final numbers. Obituaries are printed as space allows. November 2011 CSA NEWS 11 // NYSFSA // 16 Court Street The New York State Federation of Brooklyn, NY 11241 School Administrators (NYSFSA) N AT I O N represents more than 14,000 (718) 852-3000 www.nysfsa.org New York State Federation of School Administrators school supervisors from Buffalo, Yonkers and New York City. Education VIRGINIA: State Evaluations In Flux Financial Literacy A new requirement, beginning with the current high school freshman class, requires students to pass eco- BY PETER McNALLY New York State United Teachers ingly, is appealing the decision. nomics and personal finance in President of NYSFSA (NYSUT) sued the NYSED and Board In the meantime, NYSFSA and sev- order to graduate. To meet the of Regents over a number of these eral other statewide organizations needs of the students in this I am quite sure that school leaders, “surprises” and in late August won a that represent school administrators endeavor, the Richmond Public or anyone else for that matter, favorable decision on many of the have signed an agreement with the Schools have partnered with the won’t quickly forget the beginning contested issues. Most notable was state Board of Regents that says the New Generations Federal Credit of this school year. First, an earth- the judge’s ruling on a portion of the Principal evaluation will have the Union to provide hands-on learn- quake, then a hurricane named Irene rating scale that deals with student same terms as whatever the state ulti- ing opportunities. John Marshall and then more budget cuts. In addi- achievement data. mately uses for teacher evaluations. High School has an operational tion, school lead- The evaluation is supposed to rate NYSFSA continues to talk to branch of the credit union in the ers are looking an educator in this manner: 40 per- Empire State and the School school. (Richmond Times-Dispatch) ahead at a school cent on student achievement data Administrators Association of NYS to year full of chal- and 60 percent on other variables. Of develop ongoing strategies. ALABAMA: lenges not the the 40 points, 20 are supposed to be • • • least of which will based on state-given standardized Immigration Law be questions con- cerning the new teacher and tests. The remaining 20 points were supposed to be based on other data collected by the district. The percent- I n other business, NYSFSA and SAANYS are developing a compre- hensive plan of action for the school A court ruling upholding portions of the state’s new law on illegal immi- gration has created a climate of fear Peter McNally Principal evalua- ages were created in state law to take year/legislative session. NYSFSA and resulting in an exodus of Hispanic tions as mandated into account unions’ concerns that a SAANYS, working together under the students from Alabama’s schools. by state education law 3012c, which fair evaluation process be imple- umbrella group, the NYS Supervisors There are no specific numbers on was passed in May 2010. mented. and Administration Consortium (NYS- how many students have left school Last year, NYSFSA was represented The Regents’ regulations did not SAC), advocate for – or fight against – but some parents told school offi- on a NY State Education Department impose this division and allowed for laws and regulations that will affect cials they would leave the state. Task Force charged with making rec- all 40 points to be based on those school leaders and their work. Our Children of illegal immigrants are ommendations concerning new evalu- standardized tests. The judge ruled – elected officials and the Regents need not barred from public schools but ations; we were disappointed, and we believe correctly – that state law to hear from us to understand our new procedures require schools to somewhat surprised, when we saw the clearly mandated that other data be concerns. After all, we all have the report additional data to the state final regulations approved by the used to determine 20 percent of the same interests at heart: better schools department. (eSchool News) Board of Regents. total rating. The NYSED, not surpris- for better student achievement. DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA: Autism Act Yonkers Union Begins Rebuilding Effort The Combating Autism Act received a three-year extension BY LLOYD POHOLSKY Yonkers administrators, they are seeing move forward effectively. They have from President Obama recently that calls for $231 million to be set some forward momentum within the organized new committees for contract aside annually to fund autism The Yonkers Council of Administra- union. After losing their President and negotiations, professional development, research, prevalence tracking, tors (YCA) spent the morning of Aug. Vice President and approximately half by-law review, and grievances, to help education, early identification and 15 gearing up for another school year. of the YCA Executive Board members both streamline these processes and intervention. Had the reautho- This annual gathering was anything but by the close of the 2009-2010 school gain additional membership support. rization not been signed, many business-as-usual for administrators, year, members are starting the current Despite all the budget reductions programs would have been in however. A massive crisis was staring year without looking back. The previ- within the district, the YCA looks for- jeopardy. (disabilityschool.com) them in the face as they reviewed the ous school year was a year for rebuild- ward to working with the superinten- hard facts about a smaller teaching staff, ing the YCA. Re-elected President dent’s office to uncover opportunities a skeleton pupil support staff, the scal- Charles Whelan and the remaining to continue providing a quality educa- COLORADO: ing back of the pre-Kindergarten pro- Executive Board identified vacant posi- tion for all students. gram to a half-day, and a greatly tions, held elections, and began a dia- Online Teachers reduced budget overall. logue with the members-at-large about Lloyd Poholsky is an Assistant Principal The Colorado Department of However trying the times seem for the status of the union and ways to in Yonkers. Education has recommended the creation of more programs to train teachers in online teaching, recog- nizing that there is a shortage of LEGISLATIVE UPDATE teachers who are equipped to trans- fer their expertise to the virtual Controversial Property Tax Cap Bill Becomes Law world. While the University of Colorado Denver has a Master’s with BY ALITHIA RODRIGUEZ-ROLON Under the law, school coaches, physi- out voter approval to pay for employer “eLearning” emphasis, some feel a cal education teachers, nurses and ath- pension costs to the New York State more formal program requiring cer- The end of the New York State leg- letic trainers are required to undergo Teacher’s Retirement System. tification of some sort may be in the islative session was marked by the his- head-injury training to learn how to Many argued that groups that sup- offing. (The Denver Post) toric passage of a controversial property identify symptoms of a concussion and ported the property tax cap bill believed tax cap bill to become effective in 2012. to seek medical treatment for an injured this bill would undermine the newly TENNESSEE: The bill, signed into law by Gov. student. enacted cap. ADHD Strategies Andrew Cuomo, caps the property tax The law also requires the immedi- New York City: Mr. Cuomo signed Tennessee teachers, though not increase that a locality can seek to 2 per- ate removal from a game of a student into law an extension of the current specifically trained in handling cent and does not apply to the Big Five athlete who has or may have suffered interest rates used to calculate employer ADHD children, are implementing a School Districts. The 2 percent cap may a concussion. That student would only pension costs for the five retirement variety of creative strategies to deal be exceeded and overridden by a vote be permitted to return to athletic activ- systems. with the 11% of their students who of the public. ity 24 hours after being declared symp- The law also extends the current are diagnosed with ADHD, including Other bills of interest: tom-free by a physician. rates of supplementary interest, special , “wiggle cushions”chewing gum and Head Injuries: Legislation, awaiting interest and additional interest to be peppermints. Tennessee is among action by the governor, requires the Pension Bills paid into city retirement systems, and the Southern states that tops the State Education Department, in con- Outside of New York City: Mr. the interest to be credited on accumu- nation in numbers of ADHD diag- junction with the NYS Health Cuomo vetoed a bill to allow school lated member contributions and noses. (tennessean.com) Department, to establish head-injury districts outside of New York City to increased take-home pay reserves for —COMPILED BY guidelines for schools across the state. borrow money by selling bonds with- Tier I and Tier II members. CHRISTINE ALTMAN 12 CSA NEWS November 2011 Who’s Who: CSA’s Elected Ofﬁcers CSA Advisory Committee From left: CSA President Ernest Logan; Executive Vice President Peter McNally; First Vice President Randi Herman; Secretary Mark Cannizzaro,Treasurer Laverne Burrowes; Vice Presidents Sandy DiTrapani, Jermaine Garden, Richard Oppenheimer, Henry Rubio and Nancy Russo; Special Vice President (Retirees) Irwin Shanes; Members-at-Large: William Pinkett (Retirees), Rajinda Kaur (not pictured), Myrna Walters and Ronald Williams. Executive Board Representatives Retiree Chapter Membership Classiﬁcations FIRST ROW: (From left) r e pr e s e n t In g a s s Is t a n t p r In c Ipa l s , Joseph Simione (not pic- tured), Juanita Johnson, Stella Kostopoulos, Eva Neil Lefkowitz (Retiree Chapter Proctor, Debra Handler, Maria Cruz. Not pic- Chair), William Pinkett tured: Stefani Fanizzi, Marybelle Ferreira SECOND ROW: r e pr e s e n t In g d ay c a r e d Ir e c t o r s a n d a s s Is t a n t d Ir e c t o r s Lawrence District 33 Provette and Sheila Willard; e d u c at Io n a d MIn Is t r at o r s a n d c s e c h a Ir s Nicole Gourdine Mew, Bonnie Seiler and Rajinder Kaur; h Ig h s c h o o l a s s Is t a n t p r In c Ipa l s – a d MIn Is t r at Io n Barbara Vellucci, Giovanni Raschilla, Ronald Williams. Left, Angela Carey Adams and THIRD ROW: r e pr e s e n t In g h s a p – Karen Anderson. s u pe r v Is Io n , Mauro Bressi, Jeff Engel and Lisa Pollari; e l e Me n t a r y s c h o o l p r In c Ipa l s , Louis Pavone, Susan Barnes and Paulette Foglio; District 75 s u pe r v Is o r s o f & c o o r d In at o r s /a s s Is t a n t c o o r d In at o r o f a d u l t e d u c at Io n Madelyn Fink. FOURTH ROW: h s p r In c Ipa l s a n d a l t e r n at Iv e h s p r In c Ipa l s , Sana Nasser and Myrna Walters; MId d l e s c h o o l p r In c Ipa l s , k -8, Sonia Nieves and Casimiro Cibelli; h s a p – s pe c Ia l e d u c at Io n , Halley Tache; p r In c Ipa l s – s pe c Ia l Elena Talamo s c h o o l s , Barbara Hanson; a s pIr In g p r In c Ipa l s a n d n l n s , Janet Smith-Hackshaw Brooklyn Staten Island High Schools Joseph Mennella, D-31 District 79 Anesh Ghoram FIRST ROW: (From left) Mitra Lutchman, D-13; Lizabeth Caraballo, D-14; FIRST ROW: (From left) Ma n h at t a n – Patricia Minaya, Juan Villar. Laverne Nimmons, D-16; Frantz Lucius, D-17; Leslyn Ward, D-18 SECOND Br o o k l y n – Eileen Kaplan, Benjamin Shuldiner Br o n x – Ramon ROW: Andrew Frank, D-20; Joann Nurdjaja-Acuna, D-21, Ilene Altschul, D-22; Namnun. SECOND ROW: Br o n x – Mindy Zinn; Qu e e n s – Steve Stephen Appea, D-23; Robert Flores, Not pictured: Dale Kelly, D-19 Dorcely, Saul Gootnick and Ellen Mandel, s t at e n Is l a n d – Gary Giordano. Not pictured: Ma n h at t a n –Juan Villar Queens Bronx Manhattan TOP: (From left) Ramon Gonzalez, D-7; Sheila Durant, D-8, Manuel Ramirez, D-9; Luis Liz, D-10;. Not pictured: Christopher Warnock, D-11; Thomas DeGrazia, D-12. TOP: (From left) John Lavelle, D-24; Valerie TOP: (From left), Loretta Caputo, D-1; Nancy Sawinski, D-25; Naomi Drouillard, D-27. BOTTOM: Sing-Bock, D-2. BOTTOM: Eileen Perez, D- Paulette Glenn, D-28; Sandra Johnson, D-29.Not 4; Deborah Payne, D-5; Christopher Anest, pictured: Anthony Armstrong, D-26. D-6. November 2011 CSA NEWS 13 and Appointed Representatives BY ANNE SILVERSTEIN the District Chairs meet the ﬁrst his discretion, appoint an Assistant or her. When a district meeting is Wednesday. Chair as well. scheduled, try to attend. You’ll learn E ach year, the “face” of CSA The Executive Board is the CSA’s Advisory Committee con- important information relating to changes as members retire union’s legislative body and consists sists of the elected ofﬁcers of CSA, your contract. You’ll ﬁnd contact and/or CSA Executive Board of CSA’s elected ofﬁcers, the elected members-at-large and the Special information for these union ofﬁcers elections are held. On these two representatives of each membership Vice President for Retirees. (The and reps on the CSA website, pages, you’ll “meet” the men and classiﬁcation, the elected represen- Retiree Chapter has its own www.csa-nyc.org. women who work on your behalf to tative from each CSA district or Executive Board and its members If your picture is missing from this ensure that the CSA contract is high school borough and two are listed on the Retiree Chapter spread, and you would like to be enforced. retiree member representatives. pages of the CSA website.) included in an upcoming issue of the The Executive Board meets the The CSA President appoints a If you haven’t met your union CSA News, please contact Yuridia third Wednesday of every month; Chair for each District, and may, at reps, take a moment to email him Peña at email@example.com. District Chairs and Assistants NOTE: Some district chair positions were vacant at the time of publication. Brooklyn High Schools TOP ROW: (From left) Chairs Kristina Beecher, D-13; Brian De Vale, D-14; Maria Nunziata, D-15; Karen Hambright, D-16, Valeria Godbred, D-17; Neil J. McNeill, D-18. SECOND ROW: Chairs George Andrews, D-19; Dianne Gounardes, D- 20; Joelene- Lynette Kinard, D-21; Linda Singer, D-22; TOP ROW: (From left) Chairs Donald Sexton and Beverly Logan, D-23; Mabel Freddy Cedeño, Bronx; Ralph Santiago, Grace Sarduy, D-32. Assistant Chair Zwillenberg and Stephen Duch, Queens. Sharyn Hemphill, D-13. SECOND ROW: Chairs Tessa Austin, Sam Akel and THIRD ROW: Assistant Chairs Stephen Noonan, Manhattan; Fran Karul, Brooklyn; Celina Napolitano, D-14; Zona Gurian, Staten Island. Roderick Bussey, D-19; Chris Ogno, D-20; Mark Goldberg, D- 21; Shirley Wheeler, D-23; Wilma Kirk, D-32. Queens District 75 District 79 TOP ROW: (From left) Chairs Joseph Lisa, D-24; Fran Walters, D-25; Jeff Slivko, D-26; Dorothy Morris, D-27; Patricia Cooper, D- 28; Eleanor Andrew, D-29. SECOND ROW: Anne Gordon- Chang, D-30. Assistant Chairs From left: Chair Chair Victor Gathers Debra Rudolph, D-24; Katiana Jacqueline Keane; Louissant, D-28; Dolores Reid Assistant Chair Elizabeth Barker, D-29, Sharon Sanders, DeFrancisco D-30. Not pictured, Linda Spadaro, D-27; Manhattan District 33 TOP ROW: (Left to right) TOP ROW: (From left) Chairs Marlon Hosang, D- Assistant Chairs Orlando 1; Amy Hom, D-2; Charles Rodriguez, DeBerry, D-3; Sandra Marcia Buckhout, Renee Gittens, D-4; George Raines, Rosa Denoon. Young, D-5. SECOND ROW: SECOND ROW: Chair Assistant Chairs Wanda Soto, D-6; Rosemarie Sinclair, Assistant Chairs Beth Roseann Napolitano. Hermelin, D-2; Roxieann Not pictured: Assistant Johnson, D-5; Donna Chair Glen Rasmussen. Maguire, D-6. Day Care Borough Chairs The Bronx TOP ROW: (Left to right): Chairs William Hewlett, D-7; John Hughes, D-8; Lauren Wilkins, D-9; Robert Mercedes, D-10. SECOND ROW: Chairs TOP ROW: (From left) Pedro Cordero, Jeremy Kabinoff, D-11; Manhattan; Lois Lee, Queens; Cheryl Peter Oroszlany, D-12. DeWitt, Bronx; Lorna Johnson, Brooklyn. SECOND ROW: Griselda Velasquez, Brooklyn/Staten Island. 14 CSA NEWS November 2011 CHAIR’S MESSAGE RETIREE Chapter Members in Neil Lefkowitz the News Hacking Away at Each month we want to highlight the interesting things retirees are doing. Are you running in a Tennessee, and her son Paul’s girlfriend from San Francisco. Nation’s Future marathon? Managing a campaign? Volunteering at an animal shelter? Sailing around the world? Email Martin Dodell retired in 1975 after 20 years as Principal of PS 85, Queens, and moved to Sun your information to Anne Silverstein, CSA News Editor, City Center, FL. He became active with the Mary A New York Times' Oct. 8 edito- at firstname.lastname@example.org. Keep it brief, please! Martha House, a shelter for abused women and rial pointed out that the pres- children in south ent economic crisis in our Hillsborough County, and country has affected the lives eventually became its of millions of children, not only through President. He and a friend the high unemployment rate of their par- founded the only syna- ents, but by the drastic reduction in the gogue in Sun City Center, number of teachers in our classrooms. which is still flourishing The Economic Policy Institute, using today. He was a member of data from its September analysis of the faculty of the school staffing in our country, reported a Community Church loss of 278,000 teaching jobs since 2008, College for 12 years, teach- and if you add increased pupil popula- ing courses on Judaism; he School tion in the public schools, the true loss is also taught, with Protestant Principals closer to 326,000 teachers. This has led to larger class sizes in every school system in ministers, “the Christian and Jewish point of view of were our nation. This problem was brought home to us different religious areas.” He and his wife, Carrye, retired given a again in New York City when Mayor Bloomberg’s administration ordered from their "retirement" in 2002 and now take great STUART SYLVESTER ‘Hobson’s more cuts and school Principals had to n George Greco playing in Eisenhower Park (Nassau County) with the joy in their children and grandchildren. make a "Hobson's Choice" by laying off Nassau Pops Orchestra. Choice’. school aides and parent coordinators. (See RC member George Greco plays saxophone Steve M. Satin, the for- mer Assistant Principal story, Page 1.) The crisis in education for several different orchestras and bands around Organization at Stuyvesant funding reminds me of the old furniture Long Island; last summer, he was a soloist with High School, was among the stores advertisements: “Buy now, pay the Nassau Pops Orchestra in Eisenhower Park speakers at a 9/11 memorial later.” By the time you finish paying for (Nassau County). in Port St. Lucie, FL. He the furniture, you had paid twice the Clara Baker, the former Principal of PS 145, spoke about his experiences price! Are we doing the same to this gen- Brooklyn, was honored in June by the Historical at the school during the ter- eration of children? rorist attack 10 years ago, We have read about the economic disparity that continues to and praised the staff for get- grow in our country. (The Occupy Wall Street movement has Steve Satin ting everyone out of the spread across the nation in large part as a response to the knowl- building safely. Several hundred people attended edge that 1 percent of the population controls 40 percent of the the ceremony. nation’s wealth.) These cuts in education will only exacerbate Franklin Schargel, the former Assistant the growing problem. Principal at George Westinghouse Vocational and Congress was debating the President's job bill as of this writ- Technical High School, Brooklyn, is the author ing. The proposed bill will add additional funds to our nation's of 11 books, including the recently published schools giving the school districts the money to rehire thousands Dropout Prevention Fieldbook, focused on of teachers and support staff. If this bill becomes law it will be a dropout prevention, career and technical educa- right step in improving the quality of education in our nation. tion and at-risk learners. The US Department of Education and the Educational Goals Panel have • • • recognized the strategies that Mr. Schargel has developed with co-author Dr. Jay Smink, I n another matter, the officers and I are proud to report that our chapter membership has grown as a result of our outreach Executive Director, the National Dropout n Clara Baker, in the pink jacket, was honored by the Prevention Center, Clemson University, as the efforts to newly retired CSA members; our local Regional Unit Historical Society of Laguna Woods (CA) in June. "most effective strategies to help solve our school leaders have also reported an increase and that, too, is thanks to dropout problem.” In 2005, the National Dropout their efforts. The increase in membership allows us to consider Society of Laguna Woods Village, CA, for her vol- Prevention Network awarded him its Crystal Star additional Retiree Chapter benefits. I established a sub-commit- unteer work in the community. (She moved there Award and this year, he received the “Program of tee to investigate what additions we should make. We’ll provide in 1997 six years after she retired.) Her family the Year Award” from the International further information in the December CSA News. I want to wish poured in from around the country to attend Association for Truancy and Dropout Prevention. everyone a healthy and happy Thanksgiving. I hope to see you the ceremony including her son, Gilbert, from He has delivered workshops in 49 states and nine at our Regional Unit meetings. Indiana, her brother-in-law and his wife from countries. Visit his website at www.schargel.com. President’s Club Reception THIS DECEMBER AT BROOKLYN BOROUGH HALL Welcome New Chapter Members CSA President Ernest Logan will host a holiday reception The Retiree Chapter welcomes the following members: for all members of the CSA President’s Club. (That club is comprised of extra-generous contributors to the union’s Yvonne A. Isley (retired July 1) Geraldine Walker Pettis (retired Feb. 1) PAC.) Details will be sent to all President’s Club members. November 2011 CSA NEWS / RETIREES 15 EDUCATIONAL CULTURAL COMMITTEE RC Regional Units Exciting Changes QUEENS ARIZONA For Winter Queens will be initiating a dining club beginning this month. We’ll make arrange- ments to visit a different type of restaurant once a month for the next three months. If BY MICHAEL EBENSTEIN Smith’s position. She is a member of this is successful, we will schedule more in the RC Executive Board, the Chapter’s the spring. Look for a flyer describing the T he Retiree Chapter’s Educational Cultural Committee, and details of each event. Space will be severely Educational Cultural the Bronx Regional Unit’s Executive limited so if you’re planning to come, Committee is happy to Board, and is the editor of the Bronx reserve your spot early! If you have any announce that we’ll offer two Unit’s newsletter. She also is the editor questions about any of our clubs or activi- programs in January and February dur- of the Association of Assistant ties contact me at email@example.com. n Arizona Congressman Raul Grijalva and ing the “intersession” between the fall Principals’ newsletter. We are very —LEN STERMAN Henry Telfer, a member of the Arizona and spring programs. excited at having Ms. Elio join our Regional Unit Executive Board. A financial lecture on Required office. Minimum Distributions of retirement In the coming months, the BRONX We’re looking forward to two lunch- plans will be offered in January. In Educational Cultural Committee will eon/conferences. On Nov. 17, RC Chair, RC Chair Neil Lefkowitz and Director February, we’re planning a trip to make other significant changes to its Neil Lefkowitz will join us. In addition, Mark Brodsky addressed the Unit’s Oct. Channel 13’s studios. More details will regular programming. To reduce wait- we'll reflect on the loss of one of our 11 meeting. Welfare Fund Administrator be provided in next month’s CSA ing lists for popular offerings, we’re members, Frank Longo. Congratulate Douglas V. Hathaway told members about News. Please note: Registration will going to offer two sections of those member Henry Telfer on his election on changes in Medicare and how it will affect only be online for these the Executive Board of the Arizona Welfare Fund reimbursements. The Unit two programs. Alliance for Retired Americans, AFL-CIO. is expanding its outreach program and is The Retiree Chapter On March 20, we’ll hold our Annual arranging trips in the Bronx. We’re also wouldn’t be where it is Health/Benefits Lunch and Conference discussing the possibility of a multi-eth- today without the dedica- featuring CSA Executive Vice President nic cuisine experience. The fall newslet- tion of Marty Smith, who Peter McNally and CSA Welfare Fund ter, The Bronx Banner, was sent to all recently retired after 20 Administrator Douglas V. Hathaway. For Unit members. We will also hold a spe- years of service to CSA more information, email maishelevi- cial meeting for new retirees. retirees. Mr. Smith, who firstname.lastname@example.org. —MARVIN GOODMAN retired on Oct. 1, was at —MAISHE LEVITAN the forefront of arranging events, trips and classes PALM BEACH BROOKLYN for the RSSA – the precur- As our snowbirds return from the cold The Unit will hold its next meeting sor to the Retiree Chapter north, we’ll resume our activities. We’re on Dec. 7 at St. Francis College, 180 – and brought his knowledge and events, and you’ll see that in our delighted to welcome Welfare Fund Remsen St., Brooklyn. resources to the CSA Retiree Chapter spring brochure, which will be printed Administrator Douglas V. Hathaway and —RON JONES when the Chapter and RSSA merged in in the February 2012 CSA News. We’re RC Chair Neil Lefkowitz on Jan. 9 for a 2005. We wish him well in his retire- thrilled that so many people want to general membership meeting. On Feb. 10, ment. (A story on Mr. Smith ran in the participate and that we will, finally, be STATEN ISLAND we’ll hold our second membership meet- September 2011 CSA News.) able to accommodate them. ing and on Feb. 29, in conjunction with We will hold our first Health Fair on We’re also re-evaluating overnight the Central CSA Retiree Chapter and Nov. 14 at Staten Island University W e welcome Lucie Elio, a former Assistant Principal – she retired in 2008 – and an active union mem- offerings through different travel ven- dors. Your suggestions with respect to these changes are welcome. Contact Welfare Fund, we’ll hold a health fair open to all our Florida retirees. If you have Hospital, 450 Seaview Ave. from 3:30 to 6 pm. The event will feature presenters questions, email me at email@example.com. from the hospital, the CSA Retiree Welfare ber, who has been hired to fill Mr. me at firstname.lastname@example.org. —ROSE BENNET Fund, the YMCA as well as contracted benefit providers. In other news, our social committee is finalizing plans for SUNCOAST Comptroller Speaks in Queens Our first meeting of the year is set for our Dec. 5 gala at the Staten Island Hilton from noon to 4 p.m. As usual, we will noon at Jan. 10 at the Oriental Buffet (Bee have our gift exchange as well as Toys for Ridge and McIntosh, Sarasota, FL). Details Tots in collaboration with the United will be mailed to members and guest States Marine Corps coordinated by Mike attendees in early December. Feed your Marotta. Details will be sent to members mind and your body. Questions? Call me this month. If you have poetry or a short at (941) 383 0408. story you would like to share, email them —MIKE NEMOYTIN to me at email@example.com. Reminder, we continue to meet on the first Wednesday of the month for lunch ROCKLAND/ORANGE/BERGEN at the Staaten (except for December and May). We held our fall meeting on Oct. 13 —AL NILSEN with a full agenda. Outreach Coordinator Barbara Sabatini presented information GEORGIA from an Oct. 4 meeting at CSA that con- cerned a number of items including the Our fall general membership meeting recent problem with Walgreen and Express was held on Nov. 9 in College Park. Scripts. (See Welfare Fund Attorney George W. Fox was scheduled to Administrator Douglas V. speak on elder care law issues including Hathaway’s column in living will and health care proxies. For fur- the October 2011 CSA ther information about the Georgia Unit, n City Comptroller John Liu spoke News for a full discussion please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org at the Queens Regional Chapter’s about this topic.) RC or (770) 693-2399. annual luncheon on Oct. 18 at Director Mark Brodsky —GEORGIA HARRISON Valentino's on the Green in brought greetings from Bayside. Eighty-six people CSA and provided infor- Gary S. Brown mation about upcoming LONG ISLAND attended the luncheon, including two former superintendents, and events including the 50th Anniversary cel- At the Oct. 17 membership meeting at numerous Retiree Chapter ebration in April. Our guest speaker was the Plainview Library, elderlaw attorney Assistant Attorney General Gary S. Brown Frank Buquicchio spoke to about 70 mem- Executive Board members. Above, (Westchester regional office). Mr. Brown bers. We have recruited five new members from left: Joseph Rosenberg, Mr. provided a wealth of information about from the most recent batch of retirees. We Liu, CSA Executive Vice President scams and frauds, especially those that tar- have also recently filled two Executive Peter McNally and Regional Unit get retirees. He described the benefits of Board positions. The new members are Ellie Leader Len Sterman. using credit cards instead of debit cards. Greenberg and Candice Scott. —BART BOOKMAN —VICTOR RAVENS Council of School Supervisors & Administrators, NYC Periodicals N O V E M B E R 2 0 11 New York State Federation of School Administrators Local 1 AFSA, AFL-CIO 16 Court Street, Brooklyn, NY 11241-1003 US POSTAGE PAID AT Brooklyn, NY 11201 and Additional Mailing Ofﬁce Printed on FSC certified paper Borough Briefs / In The Schools Compiled by Yuridia Peña grade students at PS 64, D-1, and together Manhattan (DIST. 1-6) Art Swimming decorated quilts and pillows for patients at Metropolitan Hospital. Soaringwords’ mission is to help seriously ill children, Along the Halls and their families, better cope with the disease and its impact on their lives. raffiti artist Antonio “Chico” G Garcia surprised students of the Children’s Workshop School on the Lower East Side this fall by painting Staten Island (DIST. 31) them a gift: a mural on the third-floor hallway. He created the aquatic mural Memorial Garden in two days when the school was closed for the Jewish New Year. “I and Great Progress always wanted to give the kids color,” IS 75 dedicated a memorial garden said Chico, a LES native who began, to commemorate those who died on like many urban artists in the 1980s, Sept. 11, 2001 as well as to honor those using subway cars as a canvas. Chico’s work has now been seen all over the world.“Graffiti art is … part of our city and it’s part of our culture,” said Principal Marie Velez Clarke, who has led the school through many beautifi- cation projects. The Children’s Workshop School serves about 265 students and shares the building with n Artist Chico Garcia, upper left, with his mural and Children’s Workshop School students. two schools. n Mr. Cannizzaro and Mr. Ignizio. of Chemical and Queens (DIST. 24-30) Biological “who serve and protect us every day,” said Principal Mark F. Cannizzaro, (who Sciences Jin Kim is also the CSA Secretary.) Councilman Autumn Planting Montclare and Vincent Ignizio attended the ceremony. NYU-Poly stu- Principal Rose Kerr welcomed NY State NYS Assemblyman Michael Miller dents created a helped plant daffodil bulbs he supplied Education Commissioner John B. King digital app for the and Board of Regents member Christine to PS 97, D-27, this fall. Mr. Miller also iPad for 10th visited the school last spring and partic- Cea to the Staten Island School of Civic graders who at- Leadership in early October. During their ipated in the school’s “Poem in Your tend the Urban Pocket Day.” He read a poem by Dr. visit, education officials toured the school. Assembly Insti- Ms. Kerr lauded the school’s Seuss to students. tute of Math and “fabulous” teachers Science for and the collabora- n Principal Linda Singer poses with her students-of-the-month. Young Women tive approach to learning chem- instruction the istry. The app, called Lewis Dots, is based faculty follows. Brooklyn (DIST. 13-23, 32) on molecular diagrams. Users can drag periodic elements and electrons on the The school has recently earned iPad touch screen to make and break Students of Science bonds and assemble molecules. Dr. the best numeri- cal Progress Re- and of the Month Montclare is a mentor at the high school. The app is free on iTunes. port grade in the Each month, Prin- city from the cipal Linda Singer se- DOE. lects students-of-the- month at PS 255, D- Manhattan (DIST. 1-6) 22. Ms. Singer has been running this pro- Helping Sick Kids gram for a number of On Oct. 20, volunteers from the years now. Soaringwords William Morris Volunteers n Staten Island School of Civic n Assemblyman Miller with PS 97 students. n Dr. Montclare. Assistant Professor Program met with 120 fourth- and fifth- Leadership Principal Rose Kerr.