Council of School Supervisors & Administrators
local 1: american federation of school administrators, afl-cio
We Have Heard Your Concerns
Since the beginning of the school year, we have collected your concerns that pertain to the Advance System, Common Core Curriculum, APPR (performance assessment), new Parent-Teacher Conferences for Level 1 and 2 students and the memo soon to be published about selection of curriculum. We meet regularly with the DOE to express your concerns and ultimately resolve most outstanding issues. Below, we’ve put together a summary outlining your concerns and specific actions the DOE has taken to resolve them.
Click HERE to read.
CSA Honors Its Veterans
I want to thank you for your service in this country’s armed forces.
For too many, Veterans Day, is about a day off from work and taking advantage of sales at the mall.
On this Veterans Day, there are many men and women in harm’s way in places like Afghanistan and throughout the world. It’s important for us to think of them and their families now. We also must commit, as Americans, as union members, to help them transition back to civilian life once they come home.
Fortunately, you found meaningful careers in education after your tours ended. Let’s try to help pave the way for the next generation of future principals and educators once they return. If you can, talk to a young man or woman about how exciting and rewarding this job can be.
I salute you for your sense of duty and above all your level of professionalism and commitment....
Diane Ravitch to Speak at CSA Annual Meeting
On Tuesday, Nov. 12th, CSA will host its annual membership meeting beginning at 5pm at Terrace on the Park. The program will feature an annual report from CSA President Ernest Logan followed by special remarks from education historian Diane Ravitch. Ms. Ravitch will also be signing her latest and highly acclaimed book, Reign of Error, about reform efforts in America’s education system.
Registration is CLOSED
. However, you can click HERE
to be added to the wait list.
Pencil Forum Highlights Common Core; Other Educational Issues
|CSA President Ernest Logan joins PENCIL President Mike Haberman (l.) and Board Chair Howard Chatzinoff (r) at educational forum.
CSA President Ernest Logan participated in a spirited discussion at an educational forum sponsored by PENCIL.
Moderated by NY One education reporter Lindsey Christ, Mr. Logan was part of a panel that also featured Meryl Tisch, New York State Board of Regents chancellor, and Kathryn Wylde, New York City Partnership president. The event was held in NYU”s Kimmel Center with approximately 250 educators and business professionals attending.
The 90-minute program highlighted several key issues affecting education including...
Chalkbeat, Online Journal, Wants Your Pictures!
Members, get your cameras ready! Gothamschools.org, a well known chronicler of city education, is soon to relaunch as Chalkbeat. In celebration of this change, the editors have asked our assistance by encouraging you to submit photos of what you think makes our schools great. The pictures will be featured on Chalkbeat’s new website.
Make sure to follow Department of Education guidelines. Submissions are due by Monday, November 11, and can me emailed to: firstname.lastname@example.org. Be sure to include: your name, school, email address, and grade level. You can also send a short caption describing the picture.
Smiling faces at Brooklyn's PS 133
Health Benefits Dependent Audit Update
In previous communications we noted that the dependent eligibility verification audit process had not been properly negotiated with the Municipal Labor Committee (MLC), which represents all city unions in health care negotiations, as is required by law and negotiated agreement. As a result, the MLC filed an improper practices claim with the Office of Collective Bargaining. On July 10th the OCB determined that this was, in fact, an improper practice that could cause irreparable harm and allowed the MLC to file for injunctive relief for a Temporary Restraining Order (TRO) halting the audit until all items of concern had been correctly bargained and negotiated.
On July 17, 2013 the MLC filed a Petition in New York County Supreme Court seeking a Temporary Restraining order (TRO)/Injunctive Relief to stop the unilateral dependent audit. That evening the judge hearing the case granted the TRO...
APPR Question & Answer
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...
CSA Testifies at State Senate Hearing on the Regents’ Reform Agenda
This afternoon, CSA President Ernest Logan and CSA Executive Vice President Mark Cannizzaro presented testimony before State Senator Senator Flanagan, Senator Felder and other distinguished members of the Senate Education Committee and the Senate Subcommittee on New York City Education on the Regents’ Reform Agenda. In his testimony, Mr. Logan stressed the need to slow down the pace of the Common Core implementation and provide additional support to truly determine the APPR’s ability to measure teacher and Principal effectiveness.
You can read the full testimony HERE
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.
Appellate Division Upholds CSA/UFT Suit Against DOE to Close 24 Turnaround Schools
CSA is pleased that the Appellate Division First Department today upheld Manhattan Supreme Court Judge Joan Lobis’s July 24, 2012 decision ruling that arbitrator Scott Buchheit had acted within his authority on June 29 when he ruled in favor of the CSA and the UFT against a Department of Education attempt to close and immediately reopen 24 school so-called turnaround schools. The unions had argued that the DOE’s plan was an attempt to avoid negotiations over evaluations as well as to replace school staff. Today, the Appellate Division ruled against the city’s latest appeal.
Once again, we are gratified that our contractual rights have been upheld and improper excessing has been deterred.
CSA Endorses William C. Thompson Jr. for Mayor
The Council of School Supervisors and Administrators, Local 1: AFSA, AFL-CIO,
Endorses William C. Thompson, Jr. for Mayor
NEW YORK, June 18, 2013 – The members of the Executive Board and the Advisory Committee for the Council of School Supervisors and Administrators (CSA), the union representing nearly 16,000 NYC public school principals, assistant principals, educational administrators, directors and assistant directors of city-funded day care, and members of the union’s Retiree Chapter have voted to endorse William C. Thompson, Jr. for mayor of NYC.
CSA President Ernest A. Logan said, “As we contemplate the sizable and strong field of candidates vying to become NYC mayor, one of the most powerful positions in the U.S.,...
CSA Communications Department Wins Several International Labor Communications Association Awards
CSA won seven awards for its 2012 communications efforts, including first place in feature writing, from the International Labor Communications Association (ILCA). Unions from across the country and Canada submitted entries to the competition. The ILCA is the professional organization of labor communicators in North America. LCA’s members produce publications with a combined circulation in the millions.
CSA received first place awards for:
Writing/Feature – “The Faces of Alzheimer’s,” by Anne Silverstein and Yuridia Peña.
Writing/News – “Judge Sides with CSA and UFT: Sham Closings Will Not Stand,” by Anne Silverstein and Yuridia Peña.
General Excellence: CSA...
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.
The six city schools are:
- P.S. 199 Jessie Isador Straus in Manhattan
- P.S. 222 Katherine R. Snyder School in Brooklyn
- P.S. 247 in Brooklyn
- P.S. 66 Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis in Queens
- P.S. 221 The North Hills School in Queens
- P.S. 46 The Alley Pond School in Queens
The Department will honor all schools...
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...
CSA VP Randi Herman Stresses the Importance of Student Health & Safety at City Council Oversight Hearing
On Monday, April 15, CSA First Vice President Randi Herman testified before the New York City Council committees on education, public safety and juvenile justice. In her testimony, Ms. Herman stressed the importance of opening the lines of communication between school safety agents, school staff and students in an effort to avoid criminalizing our youth. She also echoed concerns, similar to that of parents and local elected officials, about the health issues posed by PCBs.
You can read the full testimony HERE
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.
AFL-CIO President Calls for Expansion of Unionism for All Working People
Remarks of AFL-CIO President Richard L.Trumka, 2013 AFL-CIO National Convention Keynote, Los Angeles, California
September 9, 2013
Thank you. Thank you for being here. Together. In Solidarity.
Look around this great hall. Look at the power represented in this hall. And so the real question for this week is, what are we going to do with it? Do we intend to build an American future, a future for the 99% -- a future for our children and grandchildren that doesn’t just seek to restore the best of our past, but seeks to outdo all we have done before?
First, let’s be clear about where we are today. We used to say that what made America special was -- if you worked hard and did your part, you had a real good shot at reaching the middle class—that the working class was the middle class. And that you might work in a coal mine or a hotel laundry, but your...
Celebrating National Principals Month
The NASSP (National Association of Secondary School Principals) and NAESP (National Association of Elementary School Principals) are honoring the unwavering dedication of principals across the nation throughout the month of October. CSA has always believed that “great schools begin with great leaders” and we are proud to join in the celebration of school leaders who are truly making a difference in lives of their school communities.
Deferred Program Planning Initiative Update
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 Wins Multiple Communications Awards!
The CSA Communications Department won five awards in the Metro NY Labor Communications Council’s 2012 competition. This year, CSA earned four first-place and one second-place awards.
The CSA News
received first place for general excellence in its circulation class. CSA’s 50th anniversary video (watch HERE
), received first place in its class for best video. The CSA News
also shared a first place spot for CSA President Ernest Logan’s column entitled “The Daily Miracle on Palmetto” (May 2012) for best editorial/comment. The piece was a poignant look at Bushwick Community HS, a transfer school that works tirelessly to transform the lives of troubled students.
Former CSA News Assistant Editor Yuridia Peña won first place in the best feature category for her piece “Back...
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
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...
Trying to Reach the CSA Welfare Fund?
Because of Hurricane Sandy, the CSA Welfare office is closed until further notice. CSA Welfare Fund Administrator Douglas Hathaway has set up a temporary email for Welfare Fund questions and concerns. The email address is email@example.com.
If you are experiencing a true medical emergency, contact Dr. Hathaway (516) 799-8021. Leave a message and he or a staff member will contact you.
Forms and other information about your benefits are available online at www.csawf.org.
Judge Rules in Favor of Quarter of a Billion for NYC’s Children
State Supreme Court Justice Manuel J. Mendez this week issued a preliminary injunction barring NYS from taking back $250 million in education funding owed to NYC. The millions in state aid was contingent upon new teacher and principal evaluation systems. CSA is not happy that it had to come to this, but pleased that the NYC children are no longer in jeopardy of losing additional funding. We hope Mayor Bloomberg will use this as an opportunity to return to the table and not as an excuse to continue sabotaging teacher and principal evaluation negotiations.
Click HERE to read more about this from the NY Times.
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...
2011-2012 Performance Differentials
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.
Click HERE to review the list for...
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.
Click HERE for more detailed information from the...
CSA Requests Fact-Finding Panel to Further Contract Negotiations
CSA has asked the New York State Public Employment Relations Board (PERB) to appoint a fact-finding panel to hold hearings to resolve the longstanding impasse in our contract negotiations with DOE.
CSA is now in its third year without a new contract for its DOE members. In October 2011, CSA declared impasse and asked for mediation. But that mediation has been unproductive, and the union has gone to the next step asking for a fact-finding panel to listen to both sides and make a non-binding recommendation.
The UFT began the fact-finding process last June when its Executive Board voted to take that action. Last October, PERB appointed a three-man panel to hear both sides in that dispute.
The CSA contract expired March 5, 2010. During the last round of bargaining, the city agreed to give every municipal union, except for the UFT and CSA, a four-percent raise each year over two years. CSA is...
Performance Differentials Announced for District 79
The NYC Department of Education has released the list of District 79 schools eligible for the 2011-2012 performance differentials. Payroll is working to distribute the differentials by the end of June.
CSA President Ernest Logan Talks with TASC About Combating Asthma
CSA President Ernest Logan recently sat down with TASC's (The After-School Corporation) Chief Communications Officer Susan Brenna to discuss the educational effects of uncontrolled asthma and how CSA and the Children's Health Fund are working together to help combat the disease in school.
Click HERE to read the full Q&A.
Culture of Testing: This is Nuts!
With hundreds, I attended the TED Talks on education at BAM’s spectacular Harvey Lichtenstein Theater, an event being taped for a May 7 airing on PBS. Hosted by John Legend, the gathering included Sir Ken Robinson, Rita F. Pierson, Geoffrey Canada and Bill Gates. I was having a good time, but I felt the shadow of the Atlanta cheating scandal that had the media screeching about the arrest of former Superintendent Beverly Hall and 34 other educators. I’d known Beverly since she was superintendent of District 27; the state Regent next to me had grown up with her. We’d liked and respected her. So when Mr. Gates, Sir Robinson and Mr. Canada began talking about the over-emphasis on testing that has invaded this country, I paid attention.
Testing had little to do with what the speakers considered teaching and learning. There was Geoffrey warning that tests had never been meant to be used for...
CSA Welcomes Chancellor Rudy Crew Back to New York
Following CUNY’s announcement naming former Chancellor Rudy Crew president of Medgar Evers College, Ernest Logan offers some welcoming words:
“Rudy Crew was the last educator to serve as chancellor of NYC’s schools and is still regarded by many as an educator’s educator. I enthusiastically welcome the news of Rudy’s return as a NYC public education leader.
“Rudy served as chancellor from 1995 to 2000. In a relentless battle against corruption, he unseated failing school boards and won great control over the community districts when a reform package was signed into NYS law in 1997. He created ‘The Chancellor’s District,’under his direct control, in hopes of making substantial improvements to our most beleaguered schools. This was the most audacious and effective of his reforms. Years later,...
CSA Subway Ads Remind Parents That Asthma Can be Managed at School
Beginning today, CSA’s annual subway advertising campaign will appear in subway cars across the city. This year, the campaign specifically focuses on controlling asthma and is a partnership between CSA and the Children’s Health Fund (CHF). Recognizing uncontrolled asthma as a significant barrier to learning in the classroom (more than 140,000 children in NYC public schools have asthma), CSA contacted CHF to explore solutions last spring. The subway ads will run from August 19 through the end of September. Other activities related to the asthma challenge will soon follow.
The four supervisors featured in this year’s ads are Assistant Principal Stella Kostopoulos, (PS 239, Queens); Principal Ramón M. González, (MS 223, Bronx); Education Administrator Luis G. Quan, Jr., (CFN 532, Manhattan); and Executive Director of Early Education Cheryl...
CSA President Ernest Logan - "Shared Struggle Creates A Strong Bond"
By Ernest A. Logan
I’ve been around so long, there’s no back-to-school story I don’t anticipate: “Mayor and Chancellor visit NYC’s Coolest Schools and Meet World’s Cutest Kids,” “Top Ten Tips for Parents,” “The Principal or Teacher from Heaven” (soon to be followed by “The Principal or Teacher from Hell”), and “Coping with Whatever.”
This year it’s the Common Core. Yet, despite the predictability, every back-to-school season I get excited like a kid with a new lunch box and friends. Like most educators, I survive on hope, and like most unionists, I thrive on fellowship...
Mayor's Last Minute Move Undermines Principal Evaluation Agreement
CSA President Ernest Logan sent the following email message to members this afternoon.
After six weeks of negotiations...
New Member Benefits
CSA is very excited about two new benefits available to our members through a partnership with Guardian. The first is a long term disability insurance that will allow you to insure your most important asset - your ability to earn an income. This is the first time we are offering this protection and we know it is an important piece of financial planning. The second benefit is a voluntary term life insurance program. Life insurance needs will vary by member but we wanted to make sure you had access to more protection at competitive pricing based upon our total membership. Both of these programs will be on a Guaranteed Issue basis during open enrollment only, therefore, it is very important to review the materials we will be sending you in the future.
If you have questions regarding enrollment, please call the Employee Benefit Hotline at (888) 600-1600. Representatives will be able to assist you...
CSA President Ernest Logan: After a Year of Tragedy, We Look Ahead with Hope
By Ernest Logan
Once in a while an event of vast consequence dominates a school year and overshadows everything. When Hurricane Sandy came ashore the night of Oct. 29, destroying thousands of homes and transforming many of our schools into sanctuaries, we all bore witness. School leaders worked around the clock to feed and shelter New Yorkers. Some of you lost what you owned. CSA’s new building at 40 Rector St. was damaged and closed for three months. Our union set up a fund to help stricken members and the contributions flowed in.
Weeks later, a madman broke into Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT, slaughtering 20 tiny children and six educators including the principal, Dawn Hochsprung, as she tried to disarm the killer. The rest of the school year was filled with heartfelt discussion and some empty rhetoric about how to control gun violence.
Beloved Principal Madeleine Brennan Retires After 50 Years of Service
Madeleine Brennan, NYC’s longest-serving Principal, retired yesterday after 50 years of service at Intermediate School 201 in Dyker Heights, Brooklyn. Ms. Brennan, whose education career with the NYCDOE spans close to 70 years, is known and admired for being both a stickler against tardiness and a motherly figure to her staff and students. Over the course of her career, Ms. Brennan has been the recipient of many awards for her commitment to public education, including a commemorative honor from CSA in 2011.
We at CSA wish our beloved colleague and friend a happy and healthy retirement.
CSA President Ernest Logan Responds to State Assessment Scores Linked to the Common Core
“The decrease in state test scores is no surprise considering that the new tougher tests were introduced before a comprehensive curriculum was rolled out for the Common Core and before adequate professional development was provided to our teachers and administrators. We don’t want these scores to end up undermining the success of the Common Core, placing the blame on educators and decimating the self-esteem of children. We trust that education officials will stick to their word not to punish schools for low scores and we can look forward to core standards that will gradually elevate our children’s critical thinking skills and broaden their perspective on life and learning.”
For more information about state assessment scores, please click HERE for the...
Pre-Retirement Workshops Scheduled for May & June
Pre-retirement workshops have been scheduled for those members considering retirement this spring and summer. Six workshops are scheduled for May and June.
These workshops explain what you need to know as a retiree about your city-provided health benefits and Welfare Fund benefits. We will also review the process for converting from in-service to retiree status. Seating is limited depending upon the session requested, so please email firstname.lastname@example.org
, including your name, social security and/or file number, and a phone number in case the schedule changes, to reserve your seat early.
If you find you cannot attend your scheduled workshop, please call or email the Welfare Fund as soon as possible so we may make your reservation available to a fellow member who may be on a waiting list.
CSA Endorses Bill de Blasio for Mayor of NYC
CSA is proud to support Public Advocate Bill de Blasio as the Democratic nominee for mayor of NYC. We came to this decision after a brief meeting and vote with the members of the CSA Executive Board and Advisory Committee.
CSA President Ernest A. Logan said, “Over the course of his career, Mr. de Blasio has shown a genuine commitment to improving public education, protecting public health, safeguarding affordable housing and restoring dignity and a better quality of life to NYC’s middle class. We are confident that he will do all in his power to fulfill these commitments when he is mayor and to ensure our city works for all New Yorkers.”
Mayoral Hopefuls Share Education Visions
Five major candidates for mayor discussed the state of the NYC education system under the management of Mayor Michael Bloomberg yesterday at a CSA forum moderated by Liz Willen, executive director the Hechinger Institute and Pedro Noguera, NYU professor of education. They went on to offer their own education visions in detail.
The event, held at Baruch College’s Mason Hall, drew more than 600 hundred educators, students, elected officials, and community members from around the boroughs. Hot-button issues such as the teacher evaluation system, co-locations of schools, and charter schools were debated.
“Yes, I think we made progress under Mayor Bloomberg,” said Christine Quinn, City Council Speaker about Bloomberg’s control of schools. Her remark brought hisses from the crowd.
CSA Applauds All of the NYC Public High Schools Honored as the Best!
Congratulations to all of the NYC public high schools recognized as Best Public High Schools by U.S. News & World Report and Newsweek.
for the list of NYC public schools recognized by U.S. News & World Report.
for the list of schools recognized by Newsweek (select NY to see the NY schools).
Victory - CSA Retirees Win Pay Disputes
CSA went to bat for two retirees recently and won substantial settlements, worth thousands of dollars, for each of them. The first case involved an Education Administrator (Special Education) who reverted to an Assistant Principal’s position during the reorganization of special education some years ago. During that reorganization, CSA fought for a number of Education Administrators who were excessed. A lawsuit was settled with the stipulation that these EAs would continue to receive their current salaries even if they moved to lower-paying EA jobs.
In this case, however, the CSA member reverted to a 10-month Assistant Principal’s job from a 12-month Education Administrator’s position. She continued working for several years, taking school vacations and summer vacations earned by any 10-month AP.
But when this member retired, her final...
CSA President Ernest Logan Calls for Support of Struggling Schools
OCT. 3, 2012: Today, the DOE released a list of 36 elementary and middle schools that it has identified as struggling along with a statement about those schools from Deputy Chancellor Marc Sternberg. President Logan responded with the following statement:
“It is disappointing that once again the DOE has decided it is a good strategy to close schools without having put structures in place to support them. As I have said before, closing schools rather than improving them is a losing strategy that the city has long employed to the detriment of children from economically disadvantaged communities. This tactic usually undermines children, families, educators and communities. Closing schools should be a last resort.
“We are troubled by the DOE’s statement that it is beginning conversations with these schools now to gain a better understanding of...
CSA President Ernest Logan Addresses School Security Issues In Wake of Newtown Tragedy
In early January, CSA President Ernest Logan sat down with Rafael Pi Roman, host of MetroFocus, Channel 13 to discuss school security and moving forward in the wake of the Newtown school tragedy.
Click the link HERE to see Mr. Logan, he appears at 23 minutes into the show.
CSA Endorses Barack Obama for President
For Future of Nation, Obama for President
The Very Existence of the Middle Class is at Stake
By Ernest A. Logan
I can still remember the pride in my heart when I stood in the crowd on the National Mall on Jan. 20, 2009 as President Obama raised his right hand and took the oath of office, making official his historic victory. After years of war, after a catastrophic financial crisis, after a decade in which the richest got richer as middle class and working class Americans struggled, here at last was our moment of hope and transcendence.
For many of us that euphoria has waned. Let’s be honest: It has been a tough four years. The economic recovery has been slow, unions have come under withering attacks, and few Americans feel secure in their retirement, present or future. Republicans in Congress have made opposition to the president their only policy agenda,...
Pension Agreement Reached for Early Childhood Members
August 2, 2012: CSA reached a tentative one-year pension agreement, from July 1, 2012 through June 30, 2013, with CIRS Retirement Plan for our Early Childhood Education members. We have agreed to a pension rate contribution of 7.3%. This new agreement maintains all the terms and conditions of the former CIRS Plan detailed in the agreement that ran from July 1, 2010 through June 30, 2012.
We are very pleased to reach this agreement during this time of uncertainty with the Early Childhood implementation. Negotiations for the next agreement will begin in December when more information about Early Learn will be available.
CSA Hurricane Sandy Relief Fund
CSA has established a fund to help members whose homes and lives were ravaged by Hurricane Sandy. We ask all our members who survived the storm with their homes and other property intact to dig deep into their pockets to help those who were less fortunate during this regional catastrophe.
So many have suffered. The stories began arriving by email and telephone shortly after the storm surged past the coast, westward into New Jersey, Pennsylvania and upstate.
- A Principal in Manhattan Beach is homeless, her home severely damaged by the ocean.
- A retired Education Administrator in Howard Beach lost the first floor of his home, but hopes to rebuild.
- A Brooklyn high school Principal lost his Long Beach home and his car.
- An Assistant Principal’s home in Breezy Point was consumed by fire, two other Breezy Point Assistant Principals lost...
A Q&A on Lost Instructional Time Due to Sandy
Quite a few of you have questions about making up the school days we lost due the catastrophic storm, Hurricane Sandy, which caused great disruption and even tragedy in some of your lives. In our discussions with the NYC DOE, we discussed which days we would have to use in order to satisfy New York State law. Making up days was a matter of law and was not negotiable. CSA, UFT and DOE had these discussions in good faith and came to the most reasonable conclusion possible.
**The following Q & A has been adapted slightly from one the UFT put together a bit earlier. We thank them and we hope this is helpful to you:
Q. Why do we have to make up the days we lost during a natural disaster like Hurricane Sandy?
A. State law requires that those days be made up. This is true in...
What Does the Affordable Care Act Mean for You?
The following article was written by Tim Foley, political director, Committee of Interns and Residents/SEIU, for the September issue of The CSA News and it was distributed at the AFSA National Convention.
The Affordable Care Act: What does it mean for the average American?
Given that the Affordable Care Act has been at the forefront of the political fight between President Obama and his Congressional opponents as well as a major issue in the 2012 presidential campaign, you probably think that everything that could be said about it has been said multiple times. But many remain confused about what the law will do, when it will do it, and who stands to benefit.
First off, this legislation is only the beginning of reform, not the end. A product of political compromise, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) makes health insurance more secure and easier to maintain for many, and...
2010-2011 Performance Differentials Announced for District 75
Performance Differentials for District 75 have been announced for the 2010-2011 school year. Eligible Principals and Assistant Principals will receive the award on the 4/16 payroll. If you have any questions, please email Monica@csa-nyc.org.
Click HERE for the list of eligible schools.