Sunday, November 19, 2006

The Annenberg Channel

Annenberg Media: The Annenberg Channel

The Annenberg Channel is a gift from heaven for schools. Pass it on!


The Annenberg Channel is a free satellite channel for schools, colleges, libraries, public broadcasting stations, public access channels, and other non-commercial community agencies. It runs 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and airs the video programs funded by Annenberg Media. It is available free to any agency with a Ku-band satellite dish and a DigiCipher II satellite receiver.


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Tuesday, November 14, 2006

UFT Salary Deal is Buzzing on the Blogs!

If you want to read some of the buzz, check out these blogs:

Ice-UFT
NYC Educator
Take Back the UFT
Edwise
The UTP Blog

If you have blog post on the new contract proposal, not listed above, please add it with your comment!

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Sunday, November 12, 2006

Do You Know How To.... Video Jug Does!

The coolest how to video site to date is Video Jug! It is made up of videos posted by viewers of all interests with how to's! This ia a delightfully addictive site, and, educational to boot!


Among the oodles of things to learn, try these for starters:


Ain't learnin' fun? Let me know what you think!



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Wednesday, November 08, 2006

New UFT Contract Bamboozle! THINK before you vote! REALLY THINK!



We now have the newest of Randi's twisted contract goodies. Remember the pathetic, not even a cost of living contract you are living under now? Well ask yourself:

Can history repeat itself?


You MUST read this post from ICEUFT's Blog:

Tentative UFT/DOE 2007-2009 Contract at a Glance

Duration
Oct 13, 2007 to Oct 31, 2009 (2 years 18 days) 4 months 13 days longer than DC 37 Settlement

Givebacks from Last Contract Remain in Full Force
No improvements in teaching or learning conditions.
Hall and Cafeteria duty remains.
No ability to grieve unfair/inaccurate material in personnel files.
No ability to grieve unfair/inaccurate observation reports.
37.5 minute small group instruction period continues four days a week.
Longest school year in the region with 190 days continues that includes school in Aug.
Transfers for teachers subject to whims of principals.
Excessed teachers have no right for placement in a vacancy.
Teachers from schools that are closed or redesigned have no rights to be placed in a vacancy.
Members accused of certain acts are still guilty until proven innocent & can be suspended without pay.

Wages and Benefits
$750 one-time lump sum payment on Jan 2, 2007
2% effective Oct. 13, 2007
5% effective May 19, 2008
0% final seventeen months and twelve days of the Agreement
New five year longevity: $1,000 for teachers with 5-9 years experience and $500 for paras starts May 19, 2007
Direct Deposit for all new employees.
With this agreement UFT member salaries have increased at roughly the same rate as every other city employee over the last thirty years except we are working ten percent more time for 10% extra..
Increase in city contribution to our Welfare Fund to allow a $1,000 per family annual drug co-pay cap.
Per session activity maximums increase by twelve sessions.
Secretaries and Lab specialists hired after July 1, 1985 are eligible for restoration of health sabbatical leaves.
Transit-Chek program extended to include LIRR, LI MTA buses and Metro-North.

Healthcare & Pension Negotiations Incomplete
According to the November 7, 2006 NY Times, Bloomberg wants “separate talks aimed at achieving crucial savings on health care and pension costs, which have climbed in recent years.”
Contract assigns to the Municipal Labor Committee a “blank check” to negotiate cost containment initiatives and program modifications to City Health Benefits Program that are not subject to our approval.
If MLC agrees with Mayor, UFT members will not vote on any potential mandatory health care contributions. (Transit workers were able to vote on whether or not to contribute 1.5% of their salary for health benefits.)

They’re Giving us Sand in the Desert Provisions
If charges of corporal punishment or verbal abuse are not substantiated, UFT members won’t get a letter for the file. Currently, members should not get a file letter if charges are not substantiated.
New paperwork reduction committee on top of the two that already exist in Article 8I.
New Peer Intervention program (we already have one); new PIP is not confidential and can be used in 3020A.

Voluntary Buy-outs for Excessed Staff
The DOE may offer a voluntary severance package (the amount of which still must be decided) to all excessed personnel who have not secured regular assignments after a year. Excessed staff who accept the package must resign or retire “irrevocably”.

Read the original post with comments here: http://iceuftblog.blogspot.com/2006/11/tentative-uftdoe-2007-2009-contract-at.html


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