Friday, October 28, 2005

This Weeks " Carnival Of Education: Week 38" is here!

As usual, it is a MUST read... The Education Wonks does not disappoint!

Check it out:

The Carnival Of Education: Week 38

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Thursday, October 27, 2005

Locating Haunted Houses with MSN Virtual Earth

Locating Haunted Houses with MSN Virtual Earth

Just in time for time for Halloween, members of the the Virtual Earth team (aka the Poly9 boys) have used a bunch of different sources and MSN Virtual Earth technology to build the "Haunted Map." It shows where haunted houses can be found all over the USA. Think of it as a geek treat for your Halloween trick-or-treat bag.

posted by An Educational Voyage @ 10/27/2005 09:35:00 PM  
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NYsee: A Google Map Mix of Streaming Traffic Cams!

Yesterday I posted about a Google type program to locage registed sex offenders: MapSexOffenders.com . Today I bring you another marvel of technology this time from Alkemis. This is a kick a$$ program which gives you updated traffic reports for NYC and vicinity using the Google Maps (with hybrid option) with web cams. Now, let yourself go and imagine this program going country-wide- Sweet!

Bring some great visuals to geography by utilizing the Google maps with the hybrid option (satellite overlay) to help students grasp scale, color and orientation to their own neighborhood. Hold the mouse down and drag the map to view more an another direction. This is a fabulous way to bring geography to life in the classroom! There is so much you can do with it!

...JRY

NYsee

[Tested in Windows (IE6, Firefox1.0.4, Netscape8.0.3.3, Opera8.5) only. HTML/CSS standards go out the window too.]

Posted by seanisthegood posted on the Attack of the Show blog.


From Alkemis :

"Google Maps with NYC Live Traffic Cams, Yahoo Traffic News and A9 Blockview Photos. AJAX gone wild, gotta love it.

The traffic cams are not live video, a more accurate description would be live streaming images (some refresh faster than others). And we know, some images are not live at all, but hey it's not our job to fix the cameras.

Google, Yahoo and Amazon all working together, kind of makes you want to cry."

With this and a mobile laptop, with moblie satellite or spiked hot spot access, you can visually plot your path avoiding all the annoying time killing problems that get in the way of a zippy drive around town! Perhaps not too practical for the masses, but still very cool.


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Protect Our Children & Ourselves!- www.MapSexOffenders.com FREE!

Wouldn't you like to know if a registered sex offender lives next door to you or your child's school? When your child walks home do they pass the residence of a sex offender? Well this web site does not list every sex offender, and is not psychic to tell the where-abouts of those that slipped through the cracks, but it is definitely an eye opener!

Around Halloween, responsible adults plan ways to keep children safe when Trick-Or-Treating. Chaperones, having an adult check gathered "treats" are just a few ways parents try to protect their children on October 31st.


There is a great free web site that parents (and non-parents) can go to and see if any registered sex offenders live near their home or local school.

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MapSexOffenders.com is part of Orbizon Inc., a privately owned web development and technology company based in Orem, Utah committed to building interactive, easy to use websites that aid users in a variety of ways. All of their websites are user friendly and provide a vast amount of information in an accessible format. One of their other sites is MapGasPrices.com.

The purpose of MapSexOffenders.com is to inform the general community of sex offenders in their area in a straightforward way. Sex offender registries have been on the internet for many years, but they are hard to find and even more difficult to use. MapSexOffenders.com is simply a map so that the data can be easily viewed. Each sex offender is highlighted on the map and you can zoom in to view the offender, address, and other information. The map also links to the state registry for additional information such as the vehicles offenders drive and their convictions. Parents concerned about their neighborhood or those who are moving can use this free service to make sure they are in a safe neighborhood.

" MapSexOffenders.com maps all sex offenders in Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, DC, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Dakota, Ohio, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, and Wyoming. It is our goal to map all 50 states in an interactive, easy to use design.

Before you will be allowed to be a user of this website, you must accept and agree with the conditions set forth on the web site by clicking on the “I agree” button below. If you choose not to agree, a message will appear, and access will be denied."

Visit MapSexOffenders.com

Background:

"Megan's Law:
In July of 1994, Jesse Timmendequas, a convicted sex offender, raped, beat and strangled Megan Nicole Kanka. This sex offender lived across the street from the Kanka family, however the family was never aware of this.

Since Megan's death, the Kanka family has fought to get laws approved that requires each state make public information about sex offenders. Most states do this through an online sex offender registry website. In addition, each sex offender, by law, must be compliant to re-register each time they move or annually. The Kanka family created a foundation in behalf of their daughter and received some 430,000 signatures to create these new proposed laws called 'Megan's Law.'

In 1996 President Bill Clinton signed legislation requiring states to notify communities when a sex offender moves into the area. In signing the law Clinton noted the rights of former offenders, but said "there is no greater right than a parentâs right to raise a child in safety and love." Since this time, each state in the nation has developed and maintained an online registry of all the registered sex offenders. In addition, laws have been cracking down on such things that lead to sex crimes, such as child pornography, sexual assaults on children under the age of 16, and sexually lewd acts.

Megan’s Law allows the States discretion to establish criteria for disclosure, but compels them to make private and personal information on registered sex offenders available to the public. Community notification: 1. Assists law enforcement in investigations; 2. Establishes legal grounds to hold known sex offenders; 3. Deters sex offenders from committing new sex offenses; 4. Offers citizens information they can use to protect children from Registered Sex Offenders, child molesters and victimization."
Megan Nicole Kanka Foundation

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Wednesday, October 26, 2005

Federal Resources for Educational Excellence

Resources for Teachers, Parents, and Students


Teachers, Parents, and Students --
FREE makes it easy to find learning resources from more than 35 federal organizations. Resources include teaching ideas, learning activities, photos, maps, primary documents, data, paintings, sound recordings, and more -- on thousands of topics...

The Constitution, photosynthesis, probability, American writers, women's suffrage, the Renaissance, the Great Depression, Thomas Jefferson, epidemiology, the human genome, geology, cells, sun-earth connections, the Civil War, African-American history, jazz, aerospace careers, genealogy, immigration, poetry, calculus, water in Africa, and more.

FREE is among the federal government's most popular education Web sites because it offers one-stop access to learning resources developed by...

• Library of Congress
• NASA
• National Archives and Records Administration
• National Endowment for the Humanities
• National Gallery of Art
• National Park Service
• National Science Foundation
• Peace Corps
• Smithsonian Institution
• And other federal agencies and organizations.

Each week day, you'll find a new resource featured on the FREE home page, such as. . .

  • School-Home Links, part of the Compact for Reading, provides 400 activities for strengthening children's reading and writing skills in grades K-3.
  • Valley of the Shadow looks at the Civil War through soldiers' letters, news articles, and other information from two communities separated by the Mason-Dixon line.
  • The Math Forum highlights a Problem of the Week, Ask Dr. Math, Web units, and more.
  • Constitutional Community presents lessons around images of the American Revolution, Civil War, and 33 other topics.
  • Find Out Why explains why baseballs fly off bats, what makes playground slides slippery, and why hurricanes happen.
  • Art for the Nation examines the works, techniques, and lives of more than a dozen famous artists.

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Tuesday, October 25, 2005

The Gateway to Educational Materials

The Gateway to Educational MaterialsSM is a Consortium effort to provide educators with quick and easy access to thousands of educational resources found on various federal, state, university, non-profit, and commercial Internet sites.

Global awareness promotes understanding, tolerance and acceptance of ethnic, cultural, religious and personal differences as they play out in communities and workplaces.

  • Arthur's World: Neighborhood Guide
    Build global and cultural awareness with activities, resources, and tips to help kids explore cultural diversity within their own community and around the world.
  • The Fish Trade
    Examine the interdependence of global trade in the context of the economic and social aspects of fisheries and aquaculture.
  • The Language Bank
    Gain greater understanding of a foreign culture and raise awareness of the practical importance of foreign language skills in a global society.
  • Africa Focus
    Sights and Sounds of a Continent: Experience the sights and sounds of Africa—hear greetings, songs, drumming, and rites and ceremonies while reviewing over 3,500 images from 45 different countries.

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New Digital Workshops Now Available for Teachers

New Digital Workshops Now Available for Teachers

The U.S. Department of Education is pleased to announce that hundreds of
thousands of teachers have now visited its free web site for
Teacher-to-Teacher online professional development. Thirty-two sessions
are now available, including topics such as: reading, math, science,
writing, history, differentiated instruction, standards-based
assessment, use of data and inclusion. To see the list of courses,
please go to http://www.paec.org/teacher2teacher.

Teachers from all over America are using these e-Learning workshop
sessions to meet their professional development requirements, for
recertification, and to become highly qualified. To learn about your
state's guidelines for receiving credit for these online
Teacher-to-Teacher courses, please click on the U.S. map posted at
http://www.paec.org/teacher2teacher/map.html.

More information about the U.S. Department of Education's
Teacher-to-Teacher Initiative is available at our Web site:
http://www.ed.gov/teachers/how/tools/initiative/about/information.html.

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Friday, October 21, 2005

Internet Explorer, Netscape, Opera, Firefox, now Flock?

Yes, I admit it, I'm hooked on FireFox. I left the Internet Explorer fold and converted to the Mozilla FireFox camp. I'm not alone- read publish.com:
Firefox Hits Download Milestone, where it details how "FireFox reached the 100 million download mark, hitting that milestone less than one year after the software was first introduced."

I fell in love with the myriad of extensions freely offered by the open source FireFox devotees! Oh, the extensions! Tabbed browsing, light and easy on my system. Google search tools, Blogger integration, RSS/XML plug ins, Editing extensions, side bars... oooooooooh, I tingle from it all.

Then in April, the unthinkable happened! Security exploits were made public. Now my safe haven of Internet bliss seemed to come crashing down upon my cyber self, dashing my delusionary world of browser safety that until that moment was Firefox.

But alas, all good things come to an end. Reality steps up to show it's ugly face and now my guard is back up. I'm still in love and am unable to part with my dear Firefox. However, an article: PC Magazine: Flock To Offer More Social Web Browsing purports a new browser on the block to offer not only new security but better integration of perks- including blogging, del.icio.us, and Flickr. Flock apparently is not ready for the general public, and is making it's debut with the brave souls willing to grapple with crashes and snags just to be in on the development stage ground floor. Well the Flock Developer Preview is now available.

So, will I give in to temptation? Will I just make a little secret download to play around on the sly?

What do you think? :)

posted by An Educational Voyage @ 10/21/2005 07:40:00 PM  
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Class Size Matters!

NCLB professes to put students first. Mayor Bloomberg professes to put children first. Chancellor Klein professes whatever Mayor Bloomberg tells him to profess. All the fluffed peacocks in the Regional Offices/District Offices also profess to put children first. So, can anyone tell me why class sizes are so high? Anyone? Anyone? No? Well silly, the larger the classes, the fewer teachers you have to pay, the less rooms you have to light, heat, and maintain. The more crowded a room is, the more body heat there is to give that warm cozy feeling. When you factor in the new little rug that has to be in every room, you have an added warmth factor. Now let's also remember, that when people are in close quarters, they get on each others nerves, so you can also factor in hot tempers. There is nothing quicker to heat up rooms than student fights!

OK. Let's get serious. Students do need individual attention. They need to be listened to, responded to, nurtured, coaxed, motivated, guided in appropriate social behavior and respected. They need to be taught! Teachers need to have time to do this. It does not happen by magic. periods of $) minutesAnyone who says that classes of 28-35 students fosters this: 1- does not know anything about education, 2- is trying to play a political game to advance their career as an administrator. or 3- wants to spend education funding in their own pet area.

If you are one of those who thinks children learn perfectly well in over crowded classes, imagine how much better they will do in a reasonable size class.

We need some reality checks from the powers that be. They need to stop claiming to put children first, and put their money where their mouths are. Put up or shut up. Reduce class size to NCLB can be a reality and not just an acronym!

posted by An Educational Voyage @ 10/21/2005 01:24:00 AM  
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Wednesday, October 19, 2005

The Carnival Of Education: Week 37

The Carnival Of Education is hot off the virtual press! Education Wonks did a super job, as always. So- click over and see whats hot in the Education Blogs this week!

Carnival Of Education

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Sunday, October 16, 2005

SPIN: "NYSUT praises UFT contract agreement."

"NYSUT praises UFT contract agreement." October 3, 2005. Media Relations and Communications. New York State United Teachers.

Questions for reflection:

Does anyone plan ahead?

Do NYC teachers really want to lose all they worked so hard to gain in the past 35 years?

Is UFT leadership getting something we don't?

NYSUT praises these give backs and lack of pay. UFT leadership claiming any gains in past contracts, does not begin, in even a small way, to justify this demoralizing proposal. Why are they destroying the job security, careers and quality of working conditions for the teachers who work so hard to pay their outrageous salaries?

Is Randi planning to slip over to NYSUT or AFT right after the vote?

What has happened to the skill of reading comprehension and lessons of labor history?

VOTE NO

posted by An Educational Voyage @ 10/16/2005 07:02:00 PM  
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Friday, October 14, 2005

The New Carnival of Education! is Ready!

The Carnival of Education hosted this week by Jenny D. is online. Make sure to check it out. There are great articles in it!

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NYC-How to Discipline UFT Teachers Now - New Contract- Your Life WILL Change!

Take a look at these links folks. They are on the UFT web site, detailing how the NYCDOE instructs Administrators to "handle" teachers. There is even a section of "Flow Charts" to make it easy for slow Administrators to understand.

Ugh...
If you cringe at what you see here, then prepare to slit your wrists, or change careers if the new contract is ratified: Most of your rights will be gone. CAVEAT EMPTOR!

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Thursday, October 13, 2005

From: reality-based educator - UFT Spin Guys Come Around For A Propaganda Session

UFT Spin Guys Come Around For A Propaganda Session

You MUST read this post!

Teachers are waking up to the smoke and mirror UFT spin on the contract and are voicing their outrage. Here is what happened in one school when the UFT Spin Men tried to manipulate them.



VOTE NO!

posted by An Educational Voyage @ 10/13/2005 03:23:00 AM  
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Sunday, October 09, 2005

UFT's Randi Kisses Bloomberg- A Picture is Worth 1000 Words!

A Picture is Worth 1000 Words!

New York City - Newsday Photo/Moises Saman

United Federation of Teacher's President Randi Weingarten kisses NYC Mayor Bloomeberg after announcing a contract deal reached between the UFT and the City, Monday afternoon, during a press conference at City Hall.



New York Daily News - Home - Daily News Exclusive: Will this picture derail the teachers contract?

James Estrin/The New York Times
City Reaches Tentative Deal With Teachers - New York Times



This was a wonderful day? Yes, for Bloomberg it was!
She put in one of the last nails in the UFT coffin...
The proposed contract dishonors NYC Teachers by:

* Adding an extra 6-7 days! (Add up all the extra days and minutes)
* Not even a fair cost of living increase!
* No raise! -COLA's are not raises. A raise is doing the same work.
* Loss of grievance/seniority/retention/transfer rights!
* Zero gains on class size reform!
* Give backs of decades of contract negotiation!
*A chunk of the cola isn't even retroactive for some teachers!

VOTE NO!

posted by An Educational Voyage @ 10/09/2005 11:06:00 PM  
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A Must See NYC Blog: The Delegate's Chair

The Delegate's Chair

This blog by Richard Skibins is a gem for those desperate to vote down the proposed NYC Teacher contract ASAP:

"I have created this blog as an outlet for New York City teachers to vent their frustration over being abused by supervisors, other administrators and even the UFT leadership. Please feel free to comment. Just no profanity or, although tempted to, threats.
...Richard Skibins"

Enough said... Click on it and check out the Online Petition.

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Saturday, October 08, 2005

My Father - Emanuel Klein - The Legacy...




My first and greatest teddy bear, teacher, ally, confidant, dance teacher (standing on shoe toes,) and mentor... My Father.

He gave me one of the greatest gifts of my life- a love of books! For as far back as I can remember, my fondest memories are those of my father reading to me. The total peace of mind, cuddled up with him to read a book together, still takes me back.

Every major event in my life was celebrated with a special present from my father- a book. When I was sick, he brought home a book. I was especially fond of Dr. Seuss, later on Nancy Drew, moved up to Sherlock Holmes and so on... When life disappointed me, I always found solace in a book.

When life gets you down, escape with a great book. You can go anywhere in the world (or beyond...), you can do anything you want to do, be anyone you want to be, and never leave the comfort of your favorite reading spot.

My wish for you is this:


May you always have the friendship of a good book whenever you need it, and may you share this special friendship with those you love!



Thank you Daddy!

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Thursday, October 06, 2005

England's Teachers' TV :: The TV channel for everyone who works in schools

While surfing the blogs I came across Little Miss Teacher's post on Teacher TV. What an awesome resource, and FREE!

I just used Windows Media Player to watch a "streaming" teaching video called
Teaching Place Value This is the first video in a series of four videos on numeracy. There are additional resources and support materials right on the web site. What a great resource! You can watch teachers teaching- with commentary! How great to be able to work on one's professional development at home or school, all FREE. Use a computer and voila!

Enjoy!


More info from their web site:

"The website contains channel information, teaching resources, and full-length streaming video of all our TV channel programmes. There are currently 464 programmes available to download."

Teachers' TV :: The TV channel for everyone who works in schools

This service launched in February 2005. It has evolved into a full fledged resource for free educational programs covering almost all major content areas. Along with a great search feature, videos/programs are categorized by level.

Teachers' TV offers the unique opportunity to see how other teachers teach by letting you into their classrooms.

The Channel is divided into three Zones.

The Primary and Secondary Zones offer advice and guidance for National Curriculum subjects as well as roles and responsibilities.

The General Zone has news, documentaries and a broad range of programs for all those working in schools and anyone interested in education.

Viewers will be able to see:

* Examples of good practice
* Innovative teaching ideas
* Resource Revives dedicated to rating the latest resources
* Documentaries on important issues in education
* News bulletins
* Recordable resources made by the BBC and Channel 4 for use in the classroom.

posted by An Educational Voyage @ 10/06/2005 07:54:00 PM  
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Wednesday, October 05, 2005

NYC Teachers Capably Disabled - Stay Strong


I am really saddened by teachers I have spoken to lately who feel that they have been subtly harassed by their administrations because of their need for handicap accommodation. I heard of people with severe rheumatoid arthritis, suddenly told to work in classrooms of the 5th floor of a walk-up building. Since this was never requested before, it is a very odd assignment, since there are others who can do the same job. Other teachers with walking disabilities are assigned Assistants who were to be excessed, in a school known for not replacing people who have left for almost any reason. Teachers in that school have gone almost a full year with out an EA because their EA went on maternity and child care leave. An ex-teacher, now on disability, even said that when she told her principal she needed accommodation, the principal said "It doesn't have to come from my staff does it?"

Another teacher asked for someone to bring his class up and down the stairs. He was snidely told, the perhaps he should take a leave of absence, so he would not impose his hardship on others!

I was quite lucky. The teachers in my school went out of their ways to help me any time they could. Never did any of them say I was burdening them, although at times I felt I did. When they saw me carrying heavy bags, there was always someone who would take it and tell me they would get it to my room for me. Unfortunately, all too many teachers are not so fortunate. It is for them I blog now!
So, teachers who are capably disabled take heed. Do not allow yourself to be pushed into quitting, taking unwanted leaves, or retirement. You have rights in the work place according to the LAW. The NYC DOE is a work place.

Document all the little comments, assignments, jokes or jibes. Write them in a little memo pad you can keep on your person while at work. Write them objectively, as you would an anecdotal note or accident report. Note the day, date, time, location, people present and the event as it occurred. Keep it handy, so when the time comes that you have had enough, you will not have to "remember" all of the little things- you'll have them in your pocket ready for your Union Rep or Attorney!

Naturally, the obvious first course of action is to learn your rights! A physical handicap does not mean you are unable to help children learn! Your skills are needed and you have the right to work! Remember: You are not alone!

Here are some resources:

UFT Committee for Members who are Capably Disabled:
http://www.uft.org/member/other/capably/

Americans with Disabilities Act Home Page:
http://www.usdoj.gov/crt/ada/adahom1.htm

New York City Commission on Human Rights:
http://www.nyc.gov/html/cchr/html/employment.html

I've said my piece for now.

Be well all, and Keep on Keepin' On!

posted by An Educational Voyage @ 10/05/2005 11:34:00 PM  
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On-Screen vs Hands-On Dissection

Endless Faculty Meeting had a wonderful post about classroom dissection prompted from this article in the New York Times:
An On-Screen Alternative to Hands-On Dissection - New York Times

There are pros and cons to dissection in class, but from the point of view of a gal who got really sick in high school during the procedure, I can appreciate the virtual experience. An interesting web site: Dissection by Animals Australia (the Australian arm of the Australian and New Zealand Federation of Animal Societies) offers compelling points.

A web site with links to other Frog sites is Exploratorium

When I ran a technology lab in the NYC school system, I used a now discontinued program called Operation: Frog by Tom Snyder. By today's standards it was rather limited, but was one of the first programs to show layering. Aside from the obvious physical issues involving dissection, it also provided a financial savings for the science department in years when there was no science lab and the procedure was impractical.
There is a great online free program called Virtual Frog Dissection Kit which offers versions in English, Spanish, German, Dutch, French, Italian and Portuguese! This is part of Computer-Enhanced Science Education: The Whole Frog Project

A Google search on "dissection" provides a wealth of online resources! Enjoy!



Thanks to Endless Faculty Meeting for picking up on this!

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One Secret to Better Test Scores: Make State Reading Tests Easier - New York Times

Oh the coincidental things that happen in election years...


One Secret to Better Test Scores: Make State Reading Tests Easier - New York Times

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UFT Vote No - Protect Your Rights!

They (Weingarten and Bloomberg) are so sure that rank and file will equate "voting NO" to invoking the Taylor Law, that this will automatically be ratified.

I mean, exactly how does

* Working an extra 6-7 days (add up all the extra days and minutes)
* Not even a fair cost of living increase
* No raise -COLA's a not raises. A raise is for hard work. We don't work hard`enough yet?
* Loss of seniority/retention rights
* Zero gains on class size reform
* Give backs of decades of contract negotiation

work well for teachers?

I spoke to a good friend of mine about the ratification of this contract, and he said that it will be ratified because teachers can not afford the Taylor Law. Now I do believe, a strike has to be voted on! Voting no to this contract will not be striking. They will be forced to go back to the table and work in earnest for us- the UFT is "supposed" to be for the teachers. If I'm wrong about this please let me know.

Can anyone tell me:

* Who is physically sitting at the negotiation table on our behalf?
* What are their names?
* How were they chosen?
* What are their negotiation qualifications for this very important task?
* Do we have big guns on our side like Bloomberg has on his?

Perhaps we need a fresh negotiating team. I have no expertise in negotiation, and am probably barking up the wrong tree here, but something smells and someone besides me must smell it also...

Randi has played into the hands of the puppet master- Bloomberg in his plans to destroy the unions. Randi- Unions were created because they were needed! Without them, public/civil workers have no voice. You are silencing ours.

My heart aches for NYC teachers. Not even their union cares about them.

Lastly, in the silence of my room, I wonder how Randi sleeps at night, knowing that she, in her highly trusted leadership position, has single handedly destroyed the future of the UFT...

posted by An Educational Voyage @ 10/05/2005 01:53:00 AM  
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Monday, October 03, 2005

Proposed Contract- Death Knoll for UFT- Ms. Weingarten RESIGN now!



RE:
City and Teachers Union Reach Tentative Accord - New York Times

I do not understand why Ms Weingarten calls this a wonderful day. This is Black Monday for NYC Teachers. Without even seeing the fine print (baited breath), what was outlined in the press conference this afternoon says volumes.

Cost of living increases are just that- cost of living increases. Why should anyone be expected to GIVE BACK hard earned rights just to keep up with inflation. Productivity increases are an entirely different matter. If we had the cola and THEN incentives to consider give backs, that would be a fair playing field.

The proposed contract dishonors NYC Teachers by:
* Adding an extra 6-7 days! (Add up all the extra days and minutes)
* Not even a fair cost of living increase!
* No raise! -COLA's are not raises. A raise is doing the same work.
* Loss of grievance/seniority/retention/transfer rights!
* Zero gains on class size reform!
* Give backs of decades of contract negotiation!
*A chunk of the cola isn't even retroactive for some teachers!
As for me I'd VOTE NO!

This proposal is an insult to "New York's Smartest!" If you vote for this outrageous contract you have absolutely no foresight or common sense. There is absolutely nothing - NOTHING - in it for teachers. This is a cost of living increase and nothing more. Not even a good one.

Ratifying this gives that pompous money bag Bloomberg and bumbling puppet Chancellor Klein a campaign brag on how he settled with the UFT just in time for the election.

Teachers- you all went to college for 5+ years, give up your home life and physical and emotional health for this job. PLEASE do not sell your selves out because of weak, ineffective union leadership. Do what you are teaching you students to do. THINK FOR YOURSELF!

Here- this is simple:

Make a T Chart with 2 columns. Under 1 column, list all the things teachers get out of this contract. In the next column list all the givebacks.


As for me I'd
VOTE NO!

posted by An Educational Voyage @ 10/03/2005 04:06:00 PM  
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