Council of School Supervisors & Administrators
local 1: american federation of school administrators, afl-cio
Last Call for the AFSA Scholarship!
Last call for the AFSA scholarship! The American Federation of School Administrators' deadline for the 2014-2015 scholarship program is Feb. 28. Five students will be selected to receive $2,500 to use toward college tuition and fees. Applicants must be a graduating high school senior and the student's parent or legal guardian must be an AFSA member in good standing. AFSA is CSA's national organization and all CSA members are AFSA members. To be considered, submit a FORM or read more information HERE.
Tell Congress to Support Principals in Reauthorization of ESEA
The ESEA, known as No Child Left Behind (NCLB), does not provide principals with adequate support, training and resources but still holds them accountable if their schools fail to make adequate yearly progress (AYP). Congress is now rapidly working to reauthorize ESEA, which presents a tremendous opportunity to elevate the role of principals in improving student achievement, and have their voices heard. To read more, please click HERE.
Nominate a Candidate for the CSA Leadership Scholarship
CSA is pleased to announce that applications are being accepted for its $1,500 Leadership Scholarships for college-bound students. The scholarship is available to all students graduating from a New York City Public School who will be attending college in the fall. The CSA Scholarship is unique: It is not based on a student’s GPA or SAT scores, but for leadership abilities in and outside of school as well as overcoming economic or personal hardships.
Voice Your Opposition to Gov. Cuomo's Education Proposals
CSA is encouraging its members to attend one of the UFT’s town hall forums that our sister union is holding this month concerning Gov. Cuomo’s devastating education proposals, which he presented in the 2015-16 Executive Budget last month.
Those proposals include changes to the new teacher and Principal evaluation systems that would increase the importance of state tests in ratings, put low-performing schools into a state receivership, and weaken our due process rights. Gov. Cuomo has also tied an increase in state funding to a forced approval of his education proposals.
Show up and be counted in the fight against these anti-educator and anti-education proposals!
Two Meetings for Early Childhood Education Members
CSA has two events planned this month for Early Childhood Education members.
1) CSA will hold a membership meeting for Early Childhood Education Directors and Assistant Directors at 9:30 a.m. on Feb. 13 at CSA's Manhattan office. CSA's officers and staff will provide an update on contract negotiations; a representative from CIRS will answer pension questions. Members will be required to show identification. To register, please click HERE
2) We're beginning our 2015 advocacy campaign to focus attention on early childhood education issues. To that end, CSA will hold a meet-and-greet breakfast for City Council members and CSA's early childhood members at 8:30 a.m...
CSA Congratulates Carl Heastie as New Speaker
"CSA is pleased that Carl Heastie received the support of his fellow lawmakers to become Speaker of the New York State Assembly,” said CSA President Ernest Logan.
“Carl has fought hard for his district, securing funds for new schools and after-school programming as well as other social services. We know, under his stewardship, that the Assembly will continue its long-held tradition of supporting our students, their schools and their parents. We look forward to working with him to ensure the success of all children in New York State."
Mr. Heastie is a legislator from the Bronx who has served in the Assembly since 2000.
CSA Opposes Portions of Gov. Cuomo's Executive Budget
CSA Executive Vice President Mark Cannizzaro is in Albany today, Feb. 3, to tesity before a joint hearing of the NYS Assembly's Ways and Means Committee and the Senate's Finance Committee. Although Mr. Cannizzaro states that CSA supports a number of the governor's proposals, including the continuation of mayoral control, CSA takes issues with a number of the governor's major ideas.
The testimony takes aim at the "conditional" funding of school districts, revisions to the Principal and teacher evaluation system that will make those...
Excessed Supervisors Severance Package
As a result of the new contract, CSA and the city have agreed to provide a severance package including up to 10 weeks of salary for excessed supervisors. This opportunity is available until March 2 by 5 p.m. If you are interested in taking advantage of the severance package, and believe you qualify, please click HERE. CSA and the city have also agreed that the DOE will waive the regular 90-day retirement notification period so that you may receive your final entitlement in a timely fashion.
Upcoming Program for High School Students
The NAACP Staten Island Branch is sponsoring a college fair in March. The Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) College Fair will be held March 14 at McKee High School (290 St. Marks Place) from 10 am to 2 pm. For more information, please call 646-715-8227 or email Tammy Greer Brown at email@example.com.
Chancellor Launches New Structure: Emphasizes Accountability
Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña announced Thursday a retooling of the “network” system implemented by the Bloomberg administration, to be augmented with a cohesive geographically based superintendent system, seven borough centers, and a continued relationship with nonprofit partnership support organizations.
The Chancellor explained her management plan during a breakfast sponsored by the Association for a Better New York (ABNY)....
Cell Phone Ban Lifted
The DOE announced Wednesday (1/7) that it planned to lift the school cell phone ban. While CSA still awaits the official policy for review, the policy’s main thrust is that individual Principals in collaboration with their School Leadership Teams will develop rules for their schools. The DOE has said that it will provide guidance in this matter. We look forward to hearing what that guidance is.
The ban, meanwhile, remains in effect until after the DOE’s Panel for Educational Policy approves the new policy in late February. Chancellor Carmen Farina sent this letter to CSA members. To read, please click ...
CSA Members Ratify Historic Contract With 91% of Vote
Members of the Council of School Supervisors and Administrators (CSA) today resoundingly ratified a new contract that gives raises totaling 18%. The nine-year contract passed with 91% of the vote and runs through April 2019.
Over the past six months, CSA remained a united union, unified in its position to ensure retroactive pay in the context of a solid overall agreement for its members. It remains unified today in overwhelming support for ratification. Every single member promoted from a UFT represented position to a CSA represented position between 2009 and 2020 will receive their lump sum payments in full, which the union fought hard for.
The contract includes the two four-percent raises from the last round of...
PERB Hands CSA Parking Permits Win
A NYS Public Employment Relations Board administrative law judge has ordered the DOE and the city to restore the distribution of parking permits to the system it employed prior to the fall of 2008. The union’s legal battle with the city began that year after Mayor Bloomberg reduced the number of city-issued parking permits by 20 percent affecting an estimated 70,000 city employees including CSA’s DOE member.
Although the union is pleased about the decision, union officials remain cautious about predicting when parking permits may actually be distributed because the city and the Department of Education could appeal this decision to the full Public Employment Relations Board. We’ll keep you posted once we talk with the city.
CSA Answers Questions About the Proposed Contract
CSA's officers and staff have compiled a list of questions that members have asked since the announcment of the proposed contract on Dec. 6.
To view a PDF of these questions and answers, please click here.
QUESTION: Who is entitled to retroactive pay?...
We've Posted Salary Schedules/Examples of Retro Pay
CSA has drafted a document that includes the estimated new salary schedules for most titles. To view the document, please click HERE.
The proposed contract that CSA includes retro pay. Many of our members have asked, "How much will I get?"
While we cannot answer individual questions at this time, we've calculated some examples to give you an idea as to how much you might receive. Please click HERE to download a PDF >
We've calculated the retro for a High School Principal, an Elementary/Middle School Assistant Principal, an Education Administrator Level III, a...
School Safety "Meet and Greet" Allows for Candid and Inclusive Talk
Key players in school security met recently at CSA Headquarters on October 8th. The evening meeting marked the first time in many years (since the Bloomberg Era) that all involved stakeholders were present in one room.
"This has been a long time coming," said Floyd Gregory, President of Teamsters 237, whose members work in city school safety. "It's only through open dialogue like we're having tonight, that we can provide the safest of environments to our city's students and faculty."
CSA First Vice President Randi Herman organized the event to promote the opportunity for members of the DOE, NYPD, Teamsters, CSA, UFT and elected...
CSA Speaks Out on Classroom-Breakfast Program
Antipoverty advocates who want to bring free breakfast into New York City classrooms gained powerful support from teachers unions and others Thursday, who called on Mayor Bill de Blasio to make good on his campaign promise to implement the program. To read more about what CSA has to say on the issue, please click here.
CSA Forges Agreement on Teacher Observations
In response to your feedback about your punishing workload, CSA has forged an agreement for a fourth option, where teachers rated effective have a right to select an option of four rather than six informal evaluations of their classroom work. We are aware that your IPCs have started and we have conveyed to the DOE the critical importance of DOE delivering timely guidance on the implementation of this agreement.
We have urged the DOE to be mindful of your time and to immediately put a process in place so that you do not need to reconvene any IPCs already held.
Principals Can Now Ask for Written Feedback
After much discussion with the DOE, CSA is pleased to announce that Principals may request and receive written feedback from their evaluators following a PPO visit. You should request it within five days of your evaluation. We recommend that once you request and receive your feedback, you develop a plan with your superintendent, and use your Network team as support, to incorporate the evaluator’s recommendations into your professional practice. This is retroactive to Feb. 1, 2014.