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Membership Mtg @ NTU Tuesday, June 30, 2015
Installation of new NTU Officers & Executive Board
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NTU CONCERNS OVER ACHIEVE NJ
NTU met with NJDOE Commissioner Hespe and State Senator Theresa Ruiz earlier this week over concerns surrounding the AchieveNJ Evaluation Framework and the districts inconsistent application of the regulations.

Some schools got it right and others got it completely wrong. Commissioner Hespe & Senator Ruiz expressed varied degrees of concern over the member survey results NTU provided to them. We were also greatly concerned with the DOE statement in the press that they had not yet disaggregated the data for urban teachers of SpED and ELL.

For now, it is vital that NTU members:
Step 1: Document, document, document, any/all deficiency or misapplication of AcheiveNJ or Evaluation Framework.

Step 2: Contact the Peer Oversight Committee regarding inconsistencies at peeroversight@ntuaft.com.

Step 3: Contact the State NJDOE at: educatorevaluation@doe.state.nj.us or call directly 609-777-3788 if you still have questions or wish to file a report.

John Abeigon, Director of NTU Organization
For the NTU



WHY HAVEN'T YOU SAID NO!

Is it important that we stand united against Cami’s failed Renew / Turnaround School Program. Last year, 25% of the staff at Renew Schools did not sign EWA’s, and suffered no consequences. This year, about 50% of the staff at Renew Schools said they would not sign. The NTU believes in staff-driven reform. Cami’s Turnaround Schools has been an absolute failure and supporting a failed program is in
no one's best interest.

- Miller Street said “NO! We will not sign!” 

-Shabazz HS said “NO! We will not sign!”

- East Side said “NO! We will not sign!”

- Elliott said “NO! We will not sign!”

- Speedway said “NO! We will not sign!”

- West Side, Early College, and Newark CTE said, “NO! We will not sign!”

- Central HS said “NO! We will not sign!”

- Ivy Hill said “NO! We will not sign!”

- Weequahic HS said “NO! We will not sign!”

Why haven’t you said NO?

SHE CAN’T TURN EVERYONE INTO EMPLOYEES WITHOUT PLACEMENT!

 

RENEW / TURNAROUND / NEW SCHOOL SURVEY

Colleagues,

If you worked in a Renew/Turnaround/New School during the 2014-2015 school year, we ask that you complete the survey which will take only a minute of your time. This is vital data as we look towards future contract negotiations with NPS in regards to Renew schools. Click this link to complete the survey.

 

Pension & Benefit ReformPENSION / BENEFIT REFORM:
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW...

Click this link to find out!

 


Medical Certification...
If you are going to be absent five (5) or more consecutive days for an issue NOT COVERED by FMLA, you must fill out a Medical Certification form as per our contract.

The Medical Certification form can be obtained at the NTU Office or in your school Main Office. Unfortunately, the Medical Certification form not be downloaded digitally from our web site.

 

Health Benefits Waiver...
The NPS District has informed the NTU that eleigible employees, who waived their health insurance coverage as set forth in Memorandum of Agreement (MOA), will be paid on Friday, December 12, 2014.

 

Alert2RETIREMENT ALERT!
According to the NJ Division of Pensions & Benefits, there is a Retirement Checklist (Fact Sheet #6) which outlines the necessary information, forms and time lines that are required from the individual retiring and the employer. Fact Sheet #6 covers 6-8 months before retirement through shortly after retirement. Fact sheet #6 also includes references to other fact sheets pertaining to retirement and related issues such as Purchasing Service Credit, Retirement Planning, Types of Retirement, Taxation of Benefit Distributions, Employment after Retirement, Health Benefits & Cobra Coverage and Life Insurance / Death Benefits.

Click here to download NJ Division of Pensions and Benefits Retirement Checklist (Fact Sheet #6).




NTU CLASS SIZE & SUPPLY SURVEY
The NTU continues to receive violations about class sizes and class supplies. Click this link to fill out the official NTU Class size & Supply Survey. We will be using the collected information to report out to the Newark Public Schools and the New Jersey Department of Education.

First BookOnce again the NTU will be actively involved with the First Book program for our students and teachers during the 2014-2015 school year. Remember to receive books for your students, you must REGISTER. Click here to Register now!


 

Alert2NTU MEMBERS WHO ARE EWP!
Download this link to help you locate currently available district positions by School and Title. C
all the NTU at 973-643-8430 with any questions or concerns you may have.


John Abeigon, Director of NTU Organization

 


Alert2ALL MEMBERS WHO ARE ON EWP

The next to last paragraph in the letter sent to you by Vanessa Rodriguez is incorrect. It states that unless you find a placement, you may be assigned to a role or multiple roles throughout the school year in order to best serve the needs of students. That is completely wrong.

You are not required to work in any role that IS NOT COVERED BY YOUR AREA OF CERTIFICATION. You are especially NOT to cover for laid off aides, clerks or counselors. Nor are you to emergency-sub for substitutes longer then for a day or two. By taking on these roles, you are aiding and abetting the NPS and opening yourself up to liability issues.

Feel free to call the NTU at 973-643-8430 with any questions or concerns you may have.

John Abeigon, Director of NTU Organization

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FEDS FIND NEW JERSEY VIOLATED ESEA WAIVER BY NOT HELPING NEWARK SCHOOLS
Education Law Center
Newark, NJ 6-24-2015

Responding to a complaint filed by Education Law Center (ELC), the U.S. Department of Education (USED) has found the New Jersey Department of Education (NJDOE) failed to comply with requirements of its Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) waiver by not intervening to improve 28 low performing schools in Newark.

Read more. Click Here.

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NTU ELECTION UPDATE

The 2015 NTU Election of Officers and Executive Board has ended.

Pending the certificated results from AAA, the United for Change candidates John Abeigon, President and Michael Iovino for Secretary-Treasurer were chosen by  membership to lead NTU for the next two years.

Check back for a complete list of all candidates, including the Executive Board in their successful bid for the NTU organization.

2015-2016 SCHOOL CALENDAR UPDATE

We are happy to see the district has chosen to accommodate time for staff to attend the NJEA convention in Atlantic City.

As per many members’ requests, the NTU attempted to work with the district on changing Spring Break back to the week after Good Friday, but the district stands firm on their position, claiming they do not want to lose an instructional day in the middle of the school year.

It is important to remember that school calendars are not negotiable in New Jersey, but the NTU made every effort to try and make this change.

Click this link to download the 2015-2016 School Calendar.

CLICK HERE TO COMPLETE THE NTU PARCC SURVEY

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The NTU will continue to monitor how PARCC is being implemented in your school and across the district.

Please answer the brief 5 items PARCC survey above and click send. It will automatically email to Michael Maillaro at the NTU. This data will be important moving forward! Thank you!

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NJ AFL-CIO

Pension Web Campaign Is Live

Dear PEC Members:

The website to solicit members to write their pension system board secretaries is now live. This is a joint project of PEC unions and other allied unions.  Working together as a coalition, we will have the most success in moving forward.

You can visit www.njaflcio.org to participate in the pension campaign and to urge pension plan members to demand that the board of their fund sue on their behalf as well. The campaign is the first story on our website. 

The NJEA is a coalition partner in this campaign and has volunteered to host this web campaign through their website.

Please take a few minutes to forward this link to your membership and ask them to send a letter to their appropriate pension board. The legal language is provided for you. You simply provide the requested information.

Thank you for your participation and please contact us if you have questions.

NJ AFL-CIO iconIn Solidarity,

Charles Wowkanech President
Laurel Brennan Secretary-Treasurer

NTU PEER OVERSIGHT COMMITTEE
NTU members can now pass along any concerns, issues and suggestions regarding Peer Oversight.

The NTU has created an email address for members  to address Peer Oversight in a confidential, secure format. Please send your emails to the NTU Peer Oversight Committee at peeroversight@ntuaft.com.

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NTU ACTS?

NTU ACTS is the Newark Alliance of Charter Teachers & Staff

NTU ACTS
NJ-Resources-2013

NEW JERSEY RESOURCES 2013 FROM THE DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN SERVICES, DIVISION OF DISABILITY IS AVAILABLE NOW FOR YOU TO VIEW OR DOWNLOAD. CLICK HERE...

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Last updated: June 29, 2015

President’s Column

Joseph DelGrosso, NTU Presidentntu_logo_j

 


Joseph Del Grosso

Dear Colleagues,

How can we achieve equal opportunity? Please read the National AFT’s research that highlights New Jersey’s issues with achieving equal opportunity. Here is another avenue to share what you think interferes with meeting the needs of your students.

Here are some disturbing facts about poverty and equal opportunity in New Jersey and recommendations for equity. This information comes from National AFT. The number of children living in poverty continues to rise in New Jersey as our recovery lags behind other states in the nation and the regional economy. Poverty in the state rose for the sixth straight year in 2013, making New Jersey one of only three states in which the poverty rate rose. The New Jersey child poverty rate in 2013 is 16.7%, an increase from 11.4% in 2007. Schools with high numbers of students in poverty need additional funding so all students have the resources they need to achieve a quality education.

Equity means:
-Providing all children with classes in fine arts and a selection of vocational programs;
-Ensuring our students have a sense of security in safe, healthy school buildings;
-Offering rich curriculum with the books, resources and technology to support learning;
-Integrating roles for support staff and classroom teachers to help children develop fully; and
-Making sure all children and their families have access to school nurses and wraparound services to meet their social, emotional and health needs—which, in turn, allows our schools to promote community and cultivate critical family involvement in education.

If you support the implementation of achieving equal opportunity and public education please sign this petition, offering your support for a public school system that offers opportunity for all. Also, please let us know what you think are the most important aspects of an agenda to ensure equal opportunity for all regardless of income level.

Tell Education Commissioner Hespe and Governor Christie what you think of achieving equal opportunity in New Jersey...support National AFT’s petition. Click here to see the research studies, recommendations and sign the petition.

 

In Solidarity,

Joseph Del Grosso
President
ntupres@ntuaft.com

John M. Abeigon
Director of Organization
jabeigon@ntuaft.com

Michael F. Dixon
Secretary-Treasurer
mdixon@ntuaft.com

Michael Maillaro
Editor
mmaillaro@ntuaft.com

NTU 973-643-8430

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AFT New Jersey consists of four New Jersey American Federation of Teachers representative units. They are: Council of New Jersey State College Locals (CNJSCL), Health Professional and Allied Professions (HPAE), and the New Jersey State Federation of Teachers(NJSFT). AFT-NJ represents the interests of its constituent organizations and the American Federation of Teachers in New Jersey and at the National level.

Prevent child abuse.  For additional information on Child Abuse or to receive more leaflets to distribute to students call 1-800-CHILDREN.

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LEAVE OF ABSENCE WITHOUT PAY AND PURCHASING MBOS SERVICE CREDIT...

Members of the PERS & TPAF are eligible to purchase all or any portion of service credit for official leaves of absence, including FMLA & NJFLA, without pay. The amount of time eligible for purchase also depends on what "type" of leave was taken. CLICK HERE TO GET ALL THE DETAILS

All purchase requests must be submitted to the Division of Pensions and Benefits using the Purchase Application program of the Member Benefits On-line System (MBOS). Information about MBOS and the on-line Purchase Application can be found in the MBOS Users’ Guide.
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