The NAACP Staten Island Branch is holding two events for students over the next few months:
1.) The Staten Island Youth Council and The Princeton Review are offering students another practice test and strategy session to help them boost their SAT scores. After the test, students will receive a detailed score breakdown. The test will take place at Brighton Heights Reformed Church (290 St. Marks Place) from 9 am to 2 pm. Any high school student is welcome to attend! To register, please visit www.PrincetonReview.com/Events and enter registration number #227867. For more information, please contact Ed Josey at 718-608-4847 or call Caroline Clements at 718-698-...
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)....
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.
Principal Joe Lisa's Op-Ed Highlights Retro Pay Concerns
In this Queens Chronicle Op-Ed, I.S. 61 Principal Joe Lisa raises concerns that principals and other supervisors may not receive the retroactove pay they're owed for the years spent in the classroom. To read the article, please click here.
Welcome back to school on this bright and hopeful day. You may have noticed that I wasn’t with the mayor and the chancellor during their back-to-school visits this morning, and I would like to explain why. I chose not to accompany them because of significant disagreements involving your contract. Most importantly, after a summer...
Two CSA members were among the 11 honorees at the Second Annual Daily News Hometown Heroes in Education celebration at the Edison Ballroom in Times Square today.
Fred Tudda, the Principal of PS 188, Brooklyn, who runs a community school offering services to students and parents and Beth Rudolph, the Principal of John F. Kennedy Jr. School, Queens, who overhauled the programs at her school to better serve autistic kids, were honored by the Daily News. The Principals are featured in the paper’s Sept. 17 special Honor Roll section of the paper.
NY One News Anchor Pat Kiernan emceed the morning event in the beautiful art deco venue. Celebrities such as TV star Cynthia Nixon, and Chef Marc Murphy were joined by Mets 1986 World Series Champion Mookie Wilson and DMC founder Darryl McDaniels to present the awards.
Principal's Op-Ed Urges Mayor's Negotiating Team to Reconsider Retro Pay
In a Staten Island Advance Op-Ed, former Curtis High School Principal Ed Seto encourages parents, community members and elected officials to contact Mayor de Blasio's negotiating team to reconsider their current stance on retroactive pay. The city's current contract proposal would force teachers to give up the retroactive pay they have rightfully earned as classroom teachers should they choose to become Assistant Principals or Education Administrators. To read the article, please click here.
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 ...
NYC Offers Free Lunch to All Middle School Students
Starting in September, New York City will spend more than $6 million a year so that all students in the 6th through 8th grades will qualify for free breakfast and lunch. By expanding the program, advocates seek to eliminate the shame and embarrassment that keeps many students who qualify for the free lunches from receiving them. Please click here to read more.
President Logan Writes On Retroactive Pay in Daily News
Addressing the city's illogical position that teachers who are promoted to supervisory positions, are no longer eligible for their retroactive teacher's pay, CSA President Ernest Logan asks: "Why are we punishing the teachers who wish to stay in the city’s schools but move into a new and more challenging role?"
CSA held a reception today to honor its veterans. Congressman Charlie Rangel, a Korean War veteran himself, was the keynote speaker. Other speakers included Major Donna Barrios; NY Air National Guard; City Councilman Alan Maisel; Assemblyman Michael Benedetto; and NYC Commissioner of Veteran Affairs Col. Terrance Holliday. The crowd of more than 100 people also heard from WWII veteran Albert Feinstein, a retired Assistant Principal of Seward Park High School. Musical selections included a musical salute to the five branches of the U.S. military which was provided by the Seventh Grade Symphonic Band from IS 75, Staten Island.
Governor & Legislature Agree on Teacher Evaluation Safety Net
Thursday night, the New York State Legislature passed Governor Cuomo's bill to insulate teachers and school leaders from the negative consequences of poorly aligned Common Core state tests. The bill should be signed into law today. It establishes an alternative calculation to be used for those rated “ineffective” or “developing” because of grade 3 to 8 Common Core-aligned tests....
CSA President Helps to Organize the Future of Community Schools
CSA President Ernest Logan will join other city leaders to help the city plan ways to deliver greater services and support to at-risk families. Mayor de Blasio has charged this Community Schools Advisory Board with helping to enhance existing programs, raising the bar for community schools across the city, increasing parental involvement, and developing new community schools that reach families in need. The Advisory Board is composed of stakeholders from various sectors—foundations, business, education, research, health, and non-profit providers—all of which play a role in existing and new Community Schools.
Please register yourself and your family and friends for the 2014 Labor Day Parade on Saturday, September 6th. Please DO NOT register other CSA members. They must register themselves. Click here to sign up.
This is the opportunity to show union solidarity! It will be a fun-filled day as we march up 5th Avenue escorted by the Susan E. Wagner marching band. Lunch, shirts and hats will be provided. Ponchos will be provided if necessary. If you prefer not to walk, we will have two buses for your convenience.
Assembly begins at 11:30 AM on West 47th Street, between 5th Avenue and 6th Avenue. Click here to register.
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...
The CSA Executive Board unanimously approved the proposed contract agreement on Dec. 10 at a special meeting. A membership meeting will be held at5 p.m. on Dec. 17 at Aviation High School, 45-30 36th St, Long Island City, NY.
To view a summary of the agreement, please click here.
To view the entire Memorandum of Agreement, please click here.
CSA has drafted a document that includes the estimated new salary schedules...
Principal Maria Nunziata Highlights Retro Pay Problems in Brooklyn Daily
PS 130 (Brooklyn) Principal Maria Nunziata writes an Op-Ed in Brooklyn Daily on why CSA members should receive retro pay in full. Ms. Nunziata's article is the first entry under the "Park Slope" section. To read the article, please click HERE.
CSA Endorsements in the Democratic Primary, September 9, 2014
New York State Senate
Leroy Comrie (14SD) - Leroy’s career in politics has included membership as a Community School Board member, City Councilperson and Deputy Borough President of Queens. He has worked on behalf of CSA issues for over 20 years. He will continue to support us in Albany.
New York Assembly
Robert Rodriguez (68AD) - We endorsed Assemblyman Rodriguez in 2010 when he was first elected and he has been a supporter of our issues since that time.
Victor Pichardo (86AD) - was elected in November, 2013, in a Special Election, by less than 100 votes. We supported him in this race and he has been working closely with our Albany team to ensure that we received the allocations that we...
CSA held a Veteran's Recognition Ceremony on June 5th to honor members who have served in the U.S. military. CSA invited veterans, elected officials and active service members to participate.Congressman Charlie Rangel, a Korean War veteran himself, was the keynote speaker. Other speakers included Major Donna Barrios; NY Air National Guard; City Councilman Alan Maisel; Assemblyma...
"Build A Better School" Entries Take Home Top Prizes
CSA helped co-sponsor a video contest on "How to Build a Better School" with the UFT, MCU and CUNY. From 61 school entries, five winners were chosen on June 23. The winners, one from each borough, are: Brooklyn Transition Center (Bklyn), The Richard H. Hungerford School (SI), Chelsea CTE (NY), Frederick Douglas Academy III (BX) and School By The Sea (Qns). Each school won $5,000 with School By The Sea capturing the grand...
During the final weeks of the New York State Legislature a number of bills related to education and child care were passed. These bills have to be delivered to the Governor for his action in order for them to become law. To view these bills, click here and enter the bill number.
School Playgrounds (A151A Nolan/S2255 Klein) - This bill prohibits...
Anti-Defamation League (ADL) New York is looking to recognize 100 schools throughout New York State for the 2014-2015 school year through the No Place For Hate Initiative. The initiative will help create a safe, bully-free learning environment for students from pre-K to 12th grade and also recognize schools for staff development and student training on bullying, harassment and discrimination. To sign up your school, please click here.
Please Join Us for the 2014 Labor Day Festivities!
This is the opportunity to show union solidarity! It will be a fun-filled day as we march up 5th Avenue escorted by the Susan E. Wagner marching band. Lunch, shirts and hats will be provided. Ponchos will be provided if necessary. If you prefer not to walk, we will have two buses for your convenience.
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 4 rather than 6 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.
The American Federation of School Administrators (AFSA) has begun accepting applications for it's 2014-2015 scholarship program. Five students will be selected and 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. All materials must be submitted by February 28, 2015.
CSA President Ernest Logan Discusses CTE and Re-Authorizing the Perkins Act
CSA President Ernest Logan talks about the re-authorization of the Perkins Act and how strengthening CTE will lead to greater education-to-employment opportunities for NYC public school students. Read the guest post on the Citizen IBM blog today. Click HERE to read the full post.
New Report Details Mayor de Blasio's Plan for Implementing Full-Day Pre-K
A new report, prepared by the Office of the Mayor, the Office of Management and Budget, the Department of Education, and the Administration for Children’s Services, details the mayor’s plans for implementing high-quality prekindergarten programs beginning this September. The mayor is in Albany this morning testifying before lawmakers about the governor's budget.
This afternoon, CSA President Ernest Logan and CSA Executive Vice President Mark Cannizzaro testified before the Senate Finance Committee on the executive budget proposals for education. In his testimony, President Logan stressed the need for increased school aid, the importance of access to quality early education and ongoing professional development for school leaders. You can read the full testimony HERE.
An arbitrator today sustained the CSA grievance that systemwide rotation of excessed Assistant Principals violates the CSA contract. The arbitrator ordered that the DOE cease and desist from its policy of rotating excessed Assistant Principals on a monthly basis. CSA will meet with the DOE to discuss the implementation of this award and will be in touch with members again shortly. After so much effort, we are gratified by this outcome.
Six NYC Public Schools Honored as Blue Ribbon Schools of Excellence by USED
On Tuesday, Sept. 24, the U.S. Department of Education announced the list of schools recognized as National Blue Ribbon Schools of Excellence. Six NYC public schools were among those honored for academic excellence.The National Blue Ribbon Schools award honors public and private elementary, middle, and high schools where students perform at high levels or where significant improvements are being made in student achievement. CSA congratulates all of the staff and students of these schools. You are an inspiration to us all.
CSA President Ernest Logan Lambastes DOE for Rotating Assistant Principals
Earlier this afternoon, CSA President Ernest Logan released the following memo to CSA members about the DOE's intention to rotate excessed APs and ultimately destabilize the school system.
We are extremely disappointed to inform you that even after asking Chancellor Dennis Walcott to personally intervene, the DOE is insisting on moving forward with its ill-conceived plan to rotate excessed Assistant Principals on a monthly basis, starting on Monday, October 7. They should be informing you of this right now.
Yesterday, we personally asked the chancellor not to initiate the rotation until an arbitrator rules on the issue after a scheduled October 31 hearing. Our request fell on deaf ears.
In the spring, the DOE backed off this plan, saying that it did not want to destabilize the schools. Now, DOE...
This week, the State’s highest court sided with CSA over SCI in a case we litigated on behalf of a tenured Assistant Principal to protect her right not to testify in an investigative interview where she was a subject. SCI had initially challenged the privilege that CSA asserted for the AP. Every court that heard the argument sided with CSA. This week’s decision from the Court of Appeals is final. This is a victory not just for tenured CSA members but for all tenured educators statewide.
Support a Strong Start for Early Education on Jan. 21st
During the annual State of the Union address the President lists out his goals and agenda for the upcoming year. We want to make sure that early learning stays at the top of the list and we need your help! On January 21 -one week before the State of the Union address we will be calling on the President to include early learning in his speech by participating in a Twitter action with advocates across the country.
Supporters are being asked to tweet photos if you believe that all children should get a #StrongStart at the President! Follow these 3 easy steps.
Print out a #StrongStart sign: (Here for parents and Here for children)
Every day, we pass homeless children on our subways and streets, and few of us see them as they are. They’re usually not recognizable as homeless unless desperate-eyed parents pushing battered metal shopping carts accompany them. On their own, children are just children, circumstances unknown, like the “Invisible Child” in The New York Times series: an 11-year-old girl named Dasani who lived in a hellish city shelter in Fort Greene. Most people see Dasani and children like her in the literal sense, but they don’t see them in the context of their sometimes horrific existence. Those few who do see them in context are probably the people who educate them.
When I was the Principal at IS 55 in Ocean Hill-Brownsville most of my homeless children came from the Amboy Street shelter. Today, 20 years later, Principal Beverly Logan at nearby...
CSA Says Schools Should Have Been Closed During Thursday's Storm
In a statement this morning, CSA President Ernest Logan questioned the wisdom of opening schools in the current blizzard. He said, "The decision to open or close schools during severe storms is not a simple one, but today's decision should have been simpler than most. With heavy, and sometimes blinding, snow falling on the city, and winds gusting up to 35 miles an hour, no child, teacher or administrator is safe negotiating their way to school by foot, public transportation or automobile. Over the course of the day, snow will turn to sleet and back to snow again. Travel is extremely dangerous. If ever there was a day to set aside bureaucratic concerns, today was the day. We urge families and educators to put personal safety considerations above all else."
The Council of School Supervisors and Administrators and the City of New York are expected to enter into contract negotiations today, April 30, 2014. Since March 5, 2010, when Mayor Bloomberg refused to negotiate with municipal unions, principals, assistant principals, supervisors and administrators have been working without a contract. Like members of the UFT, CSA members have gone without raises for four years and now expect to be made whole.
“Over the last several years, the jobs of school administrators have become significantly more challenging and complicated,” said Ernest Logan, president of CSA. “Their responsibilities now include many more evaluations, much more student testing, a far greater understanding of student data and technology, and a nearly outrageous amount of paperwork and reporting. Adequate compensation of school leaders is long past due. We expect a fair contract....
CSA, The Daily News and the UFT have partnered once again for the 2nd Hometown Heroes in Education awards. The program recognizes exceptional educators and calls attention to their extraordinary recent achievements in schools. To recommend a Principal, AP or Supervisor as a Hometown Hero in Education, send an email, letter or fax to the Daily News with a brief description of why the school leader deserves the award along with important names, dates and locations. Contact information for the sender is also required. Nominations are due by July, 25th.
CSA Awards Scholarships to Boroughs' Best and Brightest
CSA honored five exceptional students last night during the annual year-end meeting of the Executive Board and District Chairs. The festive event was held at the LaGuardia Marriott Hotel, Queens. President Ernest Logan called students to the podium, read their impressive biographies, and presented checks in the amount of $1,500. Students and their families were thrilled to be honored by CSA. The five scholarship winners are: Risham Dhillon, Stuyvesant HS, Manhattan; Shadane Franklin, Flushing HS, Queens; Gary Leysath, Bushwick Leaders HS, Brooklyn; Sonia Reyes, Curtis HS, Staten Island; and Oumar Yaya, Bronx International HS, Bronx.
From left: Gary Leysath, Sonia Reyes, Ernest Logan, CSA President, Shadane Franklin, Risham Dhillon, Randi Herman, CSA First Vice President and Oumar Yaya.
CSA, The Daily News and the UFT have partnered once again for the Second Annual Hometown Heroes in Education awards. The program recognizes exceptional educators and honors them for their extraordinary recent achievements in schools. To recommend a Principal, Assistant Principal or Supervisor as a Hometown Hero in Education, send an email, letter or fax to the Daily News with a brief description as to why the school leader deserves the award along with relevant information including names, dates and locations. Contact information for the sender is also required. Nominations are due by July 25.
Take Part in NYC's Paid Sick Leave 'Day of Action'
On July 30, 2014, New Yorkers can start using earned leave under the city’s new paid sick leave law. This historic law now gives more than one million employees in New York City, including those that work for non-profits and small businesses, the right to take sick leave to care for themselves or a family member. To volunteer on Wednesday, July 16 to let your friends and and neighbors know about this important right to sick leave, please click here. ...
Because of your advocacy – your letters to the mayor telling him why CSA needs a contract now - the city has agreed to mediation. We consider this a step in the right direction. We believe this is the best way to negotiate a contract that addresses both salary and workplace issues.
If you haven't had a chance to write a letter to the mayor, now is a good time to tell him your individual story. Click here to learn more. Many of the letters we've seen were so well-written and thoughtful that we plan to share them with you in the next CSA News. We thank you for your support as we continue our efforts to secure a fair and equitable...
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...
Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott sent the following notice to school leaders about the Deferred Program Planning Initiative. This is great news for our students.
Yesterday, I testified before the City Council Committee on Education to discuss the preliminary budget for FY 2014. As you may know, the State reached a preliminary budget deal this week that did not include restoration of $250 million in State aid related to implementation of a teacher evaluation agreement in New York City.
In February, I asked you to prepare for this anticipated funding loss by eliminating the Deferred Program Planning Initiative (DPPI), which allows schools to roll a modest amount of money from one fiscal year into the next. I am pleased to update you today that we have found a way to avoid cancellation of this program...
CSA President Ernest Logan Rallies Against the Use of Trailers As Classroom Space
CSA President Ernest Logan spoke at a rally yesterday held by mayoral candidate Bill Thompson about he use of trailers as classroom space by the DOE. Often, the trailers are leaky, moldy and unrepairable. They also take up valuable yard space. In addition to Mr. Thompson and Mr. Logan, the speakers included Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr., state Sen. Diane Savino, UFT President Michael Mulgrew, AFT President Randi Weingarten and Local 237 President Gregory Floyd.
Click HERE for a video clip from yesterday's rally.
“Getting it Right” – An Overview of Special Education Reform
The CSA worked with the Fund for Public Advocacy and Perry and Associates, Inc., giving information and anecdotal evidence for this study that examines special education reform in New York City. To read the report, click on the link: www.fundforpublicadvocacy.org. If you have any comments, please write to Maria Smith, Assistant Editor, CSA News at firstname.lastname@example.org.
CSA Reaches an Agreement on a New Principal Evaluation System
After a full day of arbitration yesterday, CSA and DOE reached an agreement on an APPR Plan for Principals. This deal was reached late last night with the strong intervention of Commissioner King, and finalizes the agreement we were on the verge of signing in January. We are pleased to report that our agreement is consistent and reliable as it preserves many of the same tools our Principals are accustomed to while at the same time substantially improving our due process protections and safeguards. For the first time, we've negotiated a true yearlong improvement plan for any Principal rated "developing" or "ineffective" with regular cycles of feedback from superintendents. Additionally, we negotiated a strong appeals process, including the step of an independent hearing officer. Our rating scales will continue to yield the differentiated results...
DOE Announces 2011-2012 Multiyear Performance Differentials
The Department of Education has released the list of schools eligible for the 2011-2012 multiyear performance differentials. The differentials are scheduled to be paid on 6/28/13 for in-service members and on 7/11/13 in a supplemental payroll for members who have separated from service.
Click HERE for the list of schools eligible for the 2 multiyear differentials.
Click HERE for the list of schools eligible for the 3 multiyear differentials.
NY Daily News Honors CSA Members As Hometown Heroes
At a breakfast on Thursday, Sept. 19th, eleven educators from around the city including five CSA members, were honored by the NY Daily News for their unwavering commitment and dedication to brighten their students’ futures. This was the inaugural year of the Daily News' Hometown Heroes in Education contest with more than 300 nominations citywide. A panel of judges, including CSA President Ernest Logan, narrowed 20 deserving finalists down to 11 champions in August.
The five CSA members honored are:
Deidre DeAngelis-D’Alessio - Principal of New Dorp HS, Staten Island
Sandra Gittens - Principal of PS 102, Manhattan
April Leong - Principal of Liberation Diploma Plus HS, Brooklyn
Brian O'Connell - Principal of Scholars’ Academy, Queens
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 5 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 will be retroactive to February 1.
CSA President Ernest Logan Praises Assistant Principals
Assistant Principals are called the backbone of the school system by people who understand the culture of a school including Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña. In this month's column in the CSA News, President Ernest Logan remembers his own service as an Assistant Principal with particular pleasure and writes about the multiple skills an Assistant Principal must bring to the plate to succeed.
CSA President Ernest Logan: "Unions Must Fight for All Workers, Not Just Members"
By Ernest A. Logan
Most families of children you educate aren’t any better off than families I knew back when I was last a Principal in 1997. This truth rushed in on me last month at the AFL-CIO national convention in L.A. Whether it was economist and Nobel Laureate Joseph Stieglitz or U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren addressing us, part of the message was: income inequality has soared in this country since the ’70s, no matter how much harder the middle and working classes are toiling. That includes you and me, by the way, although our situations are far better than most.
Driving home this reality was AFL-CIO President Richard L. Trumka. He reminded us that the wealthiest Americans have recovered, even profited from the Great Recession. The rest have seen almost no income growth, and...
NYT's Article Details Principal Problems with ELA Exam
New York Times' Jim Dwyer spoke with NYC school principals about the gag order against disclosing information about the state's English tests. Failure to honor the gag order could result in 3020A hearings. A month after 37 administrators took to the streets in protest, Dwyer asked some of them to discuss their objections to the exam. Of course, they couldn't. To read more, click here.
President Logan's Statement About the New Chancellor
CSA is delighted with Mayor-Elect Bill De Blasio's decision to appoint Carmen Farina as schools chancellor. Carmen is universally recognized as one of the great educators in this city. Without a doubt, she is an educator's educator — something that we have not had for 15 years. Carmen understands the need to restore the respect educators deserve. Her plan to reduce reliance on high-stakes testing at the expense of innovative instruction is a welcome change. Carmen's commitment to working with parents and all community stakeholders will restore a sense of optimism and trust in our schools. We look forward to working with her and helping her as she guides our schools forward.
– Ernest Logan, President, Council of School Supervisors and Administrators...
This is a magical time of year, full of friends, family and hopes for the coming year. A time when we feel as if we're on the threshold of a great transition. This year, as we contemplate tearing the last page off the 2013 calendar, we probably have a more intense sense of change than we have had in some time. We're looking forward to a new city administration, the naming of the first education chancellor in 15 years, and genuine forward momentum toward a new contract.
I'm sure that most of us feel our joy colored by concern for those of our fellow New Yorkers who do not have the resources to celebrate the season as we do. I personally feel the unemployed, the marginally employed and the homeless very close to my heart this year, as I know many of you do. Let us do what we can for them.
CSA President Ernest Logan Speaks Out in Support of District 2 Principals as They Protest High-Stakes Testing
“CSA supports the Principals of District 2 as they stand behind their students and parents in opposing the overreliance on high-stakes testing that developed during the last mayoral administration. We recognize that the new chancellor is moving in the right direction with her proposed changes to the promotional policy. The solidarity that our Principals are showing with their school communities right now will help change things faster. It will take a great deal of effort to turn around the overreliance on testing that has become entrenched in the culture.”
We commend Mayor de Blasio, Chancellor Carmen Fariña and the Office of Labor Relations for restoring the collective bargaining process in New York City and showing respect for public workers. We're heartened to note how swiftly the city came to an agreement with the UFT and we look forward to examining that contract carefully and addressing how it will affect you, our principals, assistant principals, education administrators and supervisors.
CSA contract negotiations with the City of New York began in earnest yesterday. We will negotiate a fair contract for you that addresses your challenging jobs and includes long overdue retroactive salary increases. ...
51 graduates of the Advanced Leadership Program for Assistant Principals celebrated Friday morning. Since last July, these Assistant Principals have discussed strategies, toured schools and learned the ropes of leading a school. One of them, Barbara Poggioli-Esposito, talked about leaving Wall Street in 1998 and becoming a teacher and later an Assistant Principal at Belle Harbor School. She attended the ALPAP event in hopes of finishing her career as a Principal. Poggioli-Esposito adds the bond between mentor Principals and mentees has been wonderful and enlightening. "The support and camaraderie is like nothing else. It's really nice to have nonjudgemental support that can be so transparent," she said.
We have been continuously negotiating with the DOE and the City to deliver a fair contract for you. Today, however, the DOE and the City took an outrageous position on lump sum payments due from prior years, which is unfair to thousands of CSA members – current and future. The DOE and the City maintain that members promoted into a CSA-represented position between November 1, 2009 (the first day of the UFT contract) and October 31, 2018 (the last day of the UFT contract) are not guaranteed the percentage increases and lump sums earned from service as a UFT member during that time.
This is unjust for those of you who have earned those percentage increases and it also serves as a powerful disincentive for those teachers contemplating a...
DOE Imposes Capricious Rotation Plan for Excessed APs
The DOE has just announced that they will begin rotating excessed APs on a weekly basis to schools within their seniority district or superintendency. CSA President Ernest Logan put out the following statement in response to this impetuous decision.
“On the eve of standardized testing, the DOE’s capricious new rotation plan for excessed APs is inefficient and disruptive to children. Announced today, with testing beginning in April, the plan makes zero sense. Pulling APs out of one school and rotating them to another on a weekly basis in mid-year is a half-baked idea with no relationship to good instruction. This DOE plan focuses on gratuitously moving excessed APs who have been assigned to schools since the beginning of the academic year and assigned to specific duties such as supervising certain grades, administering tests or conducting teacher observations and...
The Department of Education has announced the list of schools eligible for the 2011-2012 performance differentials. The lists includes elementary, middle, high school, transfers and district 75 schools. Performance differentials should have been paid on the 3/29 and 4/15 payroll, with the majority of winners being paid on 3/29/13.
Please note schools must meet all DOE criteria to be eligible for the performance differential. Principals and Assistant Principals whose Progress Reports scores are in the top 20% citywide are eligible. Awards range from $7,000 up to $25,000 for Principals, and from $3,500 up to $12,500 for Assistant Principals.
Performance differential criteria can be found on the Principals' Portal through the DOE intranet.
Now that the city and CSA have settled the new APPR mandated by state education law 3012C, members will have numerous questions. Here are some answers that may clarify things as we move ahead with this evaluation tool.
Q) When will I receive my first APPR on the new scale, known as HEDI?
A) The law requires that Principals receive their ratings no later than Sept. 1, 2014. The HEDI scale refers to: Highly effective; Effective; Developing; Ineffective.
Q) How is the rating devised?
A) As mandated by the state statute, 40 percent of your score is based on measures of student learning (MOSL) and 60 percent is based on measures of leadership practice (MOLP). MOSL is comprised of two 20 percent sections. The first 20 percent is...
Children's Health Survey Reveals Asthma is a Major Barrier to Learning
The Council of School Supervisors and Administrators (CSA) and the Children’s Health Fund (CHF) released the results of a survey of New York City’s1,700 public school principals and assistant principals that found that poor health has a major impact on a student’s ability to learn. “Crisis in the Classroom: How Untreated Medical Problems Are Seen To Interfere With School,” found that among medical conditions cited by school leaders, 63% said that asthma was a barrier to learning for students in their schools. Mental health issues were also identified as significant problems by school leaders, with learning disabilities (87%), disruptive behaviors (86%) and depression (63%) cited as predominant concerns.
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EA Performance Differentials for 2010-2011 and 2011-2012 will be paid out on June 15th and June 30th, respectively. Differentials for 2012-2013 are still being vetted by DOE HR and will be paid in September. Below is the final lists of network winners for the 2010-11 and 2011-2012 EA bonuses.
CSA applauds the state budget decision which marks an important victory for New York City's public school children. Thanks to the vision of Mayor Bill de Blasio, who has made universal pre-K part of the national conversation, NYC's pre-school aged children, particularly the underserved, will have the opportunity to attend pre-kindergarten and enter subsequent grades better prepared to meet academic standards. Another important part of this victory encompasses our middle school children -- who are at a critical transitional age -- opening for them the opportunity to participate in substantive educational afterschool programs. We greatly admire the mayor's tenacity and fortitude during an often challenging negotiation.
We thank and congratulate Governor Cuomo and the State Legislature for working so hard on behalf of our children and, through a strong spirit of cooperation, helping to bring about this historic...
2012-2013 Performance Differentials Announced for Early Childhood, K-8, Elementary, Middle, High School, Transfer High School, D75 and D79
The NYC Department of Education has announced the list of (DOE) Early Childhood, K-8, Elementary, Middle, High School, D75, D79 and Transfer High Schools eligible for the 2012-2013 CSA Performance Differential. Awards range from $5,000 to $25,000 for Principals and from $2,500 to $12.500 for Assistant Principals. The Performance Differential will be paid on the 4/15/2014 paycheck for active members and on the 4/17/2014 Supplemental Payroll for members that have retired or separated from service
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 President Ernest Logan announced a new contract at the CSA conference on Dec. 6. Mr. Logan made the announcement with the mayor and the chancellor by his side. The nine year contract includes an 18% raise over the life of the agreement, retro pay for all our members and a number of important workplace improvements. We will provide new details here and on social media as they become available.
Said CSA President Ernest Logan: “CSA members will now have the contract they demanded, one that recognizes their invaluable role in educating our children, and one that reflects Chancellor Fariña’s ethic of cooperation. Every one of our DOE members will get the compensation they expected. And this includes the lump sum payments they earned as teachers of our children. This...
On Friday, April 11, more than 30 Principals spanning Manhattan’s District 2, led lively demonstrations of parents, students, administrators and teachers in protest of the recent 2014 NYS English Language Arts (ELA) exam.
However, these protests may well be the beginning of a backlash against frequent high-stakes testing.
“It’s not just this one exam and it’s not just District 2,” said Principal Terri Ruyter, PS 276. “Our frustration is shared all over the region and throughout the state. I think we need to evaluate how much testing is too little or too much.”
The tipping point may be the recent 2014 ELA test widely criticized by teachers and Principals, for, among other things: ambiguous questions that left even teachers scratching their heads; poor alignment with Common Core...
CSA President Ernest Logan Featured in Children's Health Fund Video
Teachers, school administrators, and our health care providers across the country agree: Treatable illnesses like asthma and tooth decay are sabotaging children's success in school—especially in low-income communities. This video describes the problem and discusses strategies for ensuring children everywhere in America are healthy and ready to learn. CSA President Ernest Logan is among the education leaders interviewed.
The goal of the Leaders to Leaders Youth Summit is to inspire young leaders to take charge by empowering them with knowledge of the possibilities, skills, and the training they need to turn ideas into action. Students will engage with New York City’s top change makers by discussing pressing diversity issues and developing a network of youth leaders. Participants will then go back to their communities, where they will implement a diversity project. YouthBridge-NY will then follow-up with them in the spring to evaluate their progress.
This year's conference takes place on Friday, March 7, from 8:30am to 1pm.
Council Member Jumaane D. Williams will be this year's keynote speaker. For more information, please visit www.youthbridge.com.
Newly Introduced Voucher Bills Undercut Public Education
State Senators Lamar Alexander (R-TN) and Tim Scott (R-SC) have introduced two voucher bills that will shift a percentage of federal education spending and federal special-education spending into scholarships and vouchers. This kind of legislation drains money from public schools and reduces accountability in our education system. NASSP (National Association for Secondary School Principals) is asking for your support. Send an email to your Senators today to tell them to oppose these bills.
The Executive Leadership Institute (ELI) is facilitating a professional development workshop for Early Childhood CSA members, and principals of schools with pre-kindergarten classes. Please find details of the workshop listed below:
Title: Teacher Feedback for Early Childhood Directors
Description: This workshop will:
Engage participants in examining the NYC DOE Shifts and the implications of Universal Pre-K CBO Instructional Expectations.
As Mayor Bill de Blasio made his cabinet decisions with thoughtful deliberation, the media buzzed frantically around the pending appointment of a schools chancellor. When Carmen Fariña’s name was announced, you could almost hear a collective sigh of relief from the city’s educators. On CSA’s FaceBook page, over Twitter, in our email boxes, there were expressions of joy – the new chancellor’s favorite word.
Hereon in, I’ll go light on the “joy” part. Chancellor Fariña knows, as we do, that we’ll confront huge challenges and disagreements between DOE and the field. No matter who the chancellor is, we’re aware that we have to keep a sharp eye on reality. There are four areas of paramount importance to us. You’ve let us know that they are foremost in your minds, whether or not you...