NEW ==> A disaster in the wind. Tell your friends and tell them to vote no!
Time for state constitutional convention
By Sara Foss, Thursday, July 16, 2015
The Siena College poll released on Wednesday queried voters about such hot topics as Gov. Andrew Cuomo s job performance, his feud with New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and state government corruption.
It also queried them about something most of them hadn t heard or read anything about: the 2017 vote on whether or not the state should have a constitutional convention. But when asked whether they supported the idea, 69 percent said yes. Which represents a significant jump. The last time the Siena Poll asked voters about a constitutional convention, in 2010, 58 percent expressed support.
My guess is that this increase in popularity is the inevitable result of all the bad news about state government the seemingly endless reports of dysfunction and corruption. While most voters probably have only the vaguest notion of what a constitutional convention is, or how it would work, they know legislators can t be trusted to reform themselves.
Given this reality, it s easy to see why the constitutional convention concept appeals to voters. Opportunities for constitutional conventions are rare.
In New York, they arise every 20 years, when the state is required to ask voters if they want to have a constitutional convention. If the measure passes, voters elect three delegates from each state Senate district and 15 statewide at-large delegates to attend the convention. At the convention, the delegates discuss and consider amending the state s Constitution; whatever changes they propose must be approved by voters at the polls.
Not too long ago, I spoke with Robert Bullock, director of operations for the Nelson A. Rockefeller Institute of Government, and Gerald Benjamin, associate vice president for regional engagement at SUNY New Paltz.
They described the constitutional convention as a grass-roots, once-in-a-lifetime chance for the public to bypass state government and enact changes that self-interested legislators are unlikely to ever consider, such as term limits. After all, the last constitutional convention was held in 1967; the last time the question arose, in 1997, voters rejected it.
NEW ==> The July - August 2015 Newsletter Has Been Added The July - August 2015 RC7 Newsletter has been added to the website. Please click here to read the latest news!
NEW ==> NYSUT Cheers Pearson's Firing ALBANY, N.Y. July 9, 2015 — New York State United Teachers today said the State Education Department’s new, five-year contract with Questar Inc. and a promise to involve New York teachers in every step of the test-development process is a victory for students, parents and teachers.
Less than a year after hundreds of parents and NYSUT members rallied on the steps of SED and shredded copies of the state’s testing contract with Pearson, NYSUT President Karen E. Magee said the grassroots effort paid off.
“Pearson offered a bad product and today Pearson got fired,” Magee said. To read the rest of the story please click here. ***********
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Robert Reich explains why we need to expand Social Security in 3 minutes
Things still left to be decided in this budget cycle
Regents/Commissioner to decide what weight the tests have in teacher evaluations
How receivership of "failing schools" should work
Legislators to decide (with Cuomo's signature)
Special Ed Mandate relief
Charter schools cap increase?
Regional High Schools?
Mayoral Control The tax cap is due to sunset...
Campaign finance reform
Credit for military service
ELECTIONS MATTER! Bad things happen when good people don't vote.
A State Budget Primer for NYSUT Members
When he unveiled his Executive Budget plan in January, Gov. Andrew Cuomo essentially declared war on public education with a toxic test-and-punish agenda. For nearly three months, the public education community fought back heartily with rallies, education forums, social media campaigns and intense lobbying in the Legislature. Polls showed the public is overwhelmingly with us - nearly two thirds of New Yorkers say the governor is wrong and that the testing madness must stop.
The Call Out Coumo's Rally at the Million Dollar Staircase Was Loud and Forceful
March 2, 2015 RC 7 was there at the Capital in ALBANY with about 2000 of our colleagues and friends from labor to tell the governor his anti Union anti Teacher budget proposals are wrong for student and wrong for public education. President Karen Magee and the NYSUT officers were joined by Mario Cilento, President of the New York State AFL/CIO and Assemblywoman Catherine Nolan,chair of the Education Committee who encouraged us all to keep up the pressure, exersize our voices and know we are not alone in the fight for fair funding for our schools, fair evaluations for our teachers and a strong public education systems for the state's children.
The Million Dollar Staircase - New York State State Capitol
RobertF.Doyle a founding member of RC 7 has died
Robert F. Doyle, 95, of Camillus, beloved husband, father and grandfather went home to be with the Lord on Monday while surrounded by his loving family. Robert is the son of the late Dennis Morgan and Mae Doyle. He was predeceased by his loving wife, Barbara Mathison Doyle and his two sisters, Rita Gebhardt and Genevieve Turner. Robert was a very proud World War II Army veteran, and in 2013, had the opportunity to be part of the Honor Flight Syracuse Mission Two. Bob was often seen wearing his WWII Veteran's cap, which was a gift from his niece, Sister Rita Shawn. Robert taught 5th grade at Lakeshore Road Elementary School until he retired. He was the founder of the Lakeshore School Flag Day. Always involved in education, Bob was the co-founder, past president, and newsletter editor for the NYSUT retirees of Central NY. He was a 50-year member of the Tom Dooley Choraliers and a member of Ancient Order of Hibernians. Robert was a parishioner of Holy Family Church and the Holy Name Society.
Mr. Doyle is survived by his wife, Audrey Doyle; his sons, Robert Doyle and Dennis Doyle (Deb), and three daughters, Sally Wilson (Ken), Sharon Cariglio (Michael) and Shannon Burdick (Marcus). He was a proud grandfather of Barbie, Candido, Katie, Courtney, Robbie, Emily, Brittney, Brandon, Mikey, Kelly and Jennie and five great-grandchildren. In addition, he had four stepsons, and seven stepgrandchildren.
Visitation will be held Wednesday, February 18 from 4 to 8 p.m. at B.L. Bush & Sons Funeral Home, 10 Genesee St, Village of Camillus. A Mass of Christian burial will be held at Holy Family Church on Thursday, February 19 at 1 p.m. Burial will be in St. Mary's Cemetery, DeWitt.
Contributions, in lieu of flowers may be made to Honor Flight Syracuse, Inc., PO Box 591, Syracuse, NY 13209-0591.
Please sign the guestbook www.BLBUSH.com B.L. BUSH & SONS, INC. CAMILLUS 672-3400 Date of Death: February 16, 2015.
We are in an unprecedented time when our response to Cuomo's attack on public education is critical. 1) Go to this link www.nysut.org/allkidsneed to hear a video message from NYSUT President Karen Magee and review several tools to help you respond to the attacks. Sample letters to legislators and talking points on critical issues are just a couple of samples.
2) See the SCHEDULE of events happening throughout our CNY Region. As more information becomes available, the RC 7 Web site www.nysutretireecouncil7.org will update you as well as www.nysut.org/cny , Twitter NYSUTCNY @ccolabel, and other appropriate means.
The events are opportunities to tell legislators they need to represent our views - To protect “our kids”, our former districts, and respect our profession. If the Proposed Budget goes through as presented by the Governor, YOUR HEALTH COVERAGE AND PENSIONS MAY BE THE NEXT BITS OF PUBLIC EDUCATION TO BE TAKEN! ***********
NYSUT Goes Live with Online War Room The NYSUT officers are pleased to announce the launch of our “All Kids Need” website, located at www.nysut.org/allkidsneed. A de facto online war room, consider “All Kids Need” to be your one-stop shopping for every aspect of our fight to save public education in New York State. Read all about it by clicking here.
2015 RC7 and 8 Trip Information
Information regarding the RC 7 and 8 tours / trips is now available on this website. Please click hereto read the latest news!
RC7 AWARD WINNERS RC 7 has been notified that Kathleen Scutt has been selected by NYSUT as a Community Service Award winner. In addition, RC7 members Anne Marie Voutsinas and Lynn Davis have recently won several NYSUT Journalism Awards for our newsletter and website. Please click here to read all about it!
The 2015 Scholarship Form Has Been Added The 2015 RC7 Scholarship Form has been added to the website. Please click here to read the latest news.
It's time to renew your membership. RC 7's fiscal year is July 1 through June 30. Please support the work we do with your $10 membership fee. You can find a form here on our website - www.nysutretireecouncil7.org. Click on the Membership tab at the left of the screen.
Please note if you are retired from one of the five districts listed in the notice under the Membership tab, you will join through your former local's retiree chapter and should not send the fee directly to RC 7.
Member Action Center NYSUT has just launched Member Action Center (MAC.) It has a lot of good information and you can also sign up to be an e-activist to be even more involved. Please click here to view the website. Once there, please check out the section on defending our pensions.
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