Payroll Changes Due to Benefit Decrease
Starting in January 2015, the District will pay the dollar equivalent of 88% of the Blue Point 2 Value Plan toward your medical premium. Your contribution will increase by 2% (from 10% to 12%). The table below illustrates the change in withholdings for your medical premiums on a bi-weekly and annual basis. The following are a few examples to help you better understand the impact of the changes. Please note: those moving to Simply Blue HDHP will not be paying anything toward their premium, however you will be obligated to pay all of your medical bills up to the deductible limit. If you have chosen this plan please let Wendy know if you have any questions.
Employee #1: Enrolled in a Family Value Plan in 2014 and plans on staying in a Family Value Plan in 2015
The employee currently pays $77.26 per pay period in 2014, the rate will increase to $97.26 per pay period in 2015, a difference of $20 per pay or $400 annually ($20 per pay for 20 pay periods)
Employee #2: Enrolled in Family Select Plan in 2014 but switches to Family Value Plan in 2015
The employee currently pays $156.28 per pay period in 2014, the rate will be $97.26 per pay period in 2015, a difference of -$59.02 per pay or a savings of $1,180.40 per year ($-59.02 for 20 pay periods)
Employee #3: Enrolled in Single Value Plan in 2014 and plans on staying in a Single Value Plan in 2015
The employee currently pays $29.15 per pay period in 2015, the rate will increase to $36.70 per pay period in 2015, a difference of $7.55 per pay or $151 annually ($7.55 per pay for 20 pay periods)
Enrolled in Select in 2014 and staying in Select in 2015
(over 20 pays)
Family No Spouse
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Enrolled in Select in 2014 and moving to Value in 2015
(over 20 pays)
Family No Spouse
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Enrolled in Value in 2014 and staying in Value in 2015
(over 20 pays)
Family No Spouse
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Enrolled in Select in 2014 and moving to Simply Blue HDHP in 2015
(over 20 pays)
Family No Spouse
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Enrolled in Value in 2014 and moving to Simply Blue HDHP in 2015
(over 20 pays)
Family No Spouse
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(over 20 pays)
View an update from your NYSUT Leadership!
NYSUT Leadership changed six months ago. See the link above for details on current NYSUT progress.
HCSTA Member Kittlinger Awarded the Channel Eight Golden Apple Award!
HCSTA Member and Kindergarten Teacher Kathy Kittlinger received the prestigious Golden Apple Award on Friday, December 12th from News Eight Anchor Kevin Dornan! Kathy was nominated for the Golden Apple by student Alana Neri. Kathy commented, "I had Alana Neri last year in Kindergarten. The way that I have always described her is a GEM!!! She is very inquisitive and personable for her age. She has a lot of feeling and is always brightening everyone’s day with her enthusiasm and spirit. She can read aloud like a teacher and shows her emotion and expression in everything that she does." To see the smile on Alana's face, it is obvious the feeling is mutual!
Congratulations to Kathy for being officially recognized as a caring professional by her students and the Greater Rochester Community.
Monroe 2-Orleans BOCES Proposed Capital Project
On Tuesday, December 16, 2014, Monroe 2-Orleans BOCES will be seeking voter approval for capital improvements to its main campus on Big Ridge Road in Spencerport. Monroe 2-Orleans BOCES serves students from the Brockport, Churchville-Chili, Gates Chili, Greece, Hilton, Holley, Kendall, Spencerport, and Wheatland-Chili school districts.
The proposed $29-million project is the first of its kind for Monroe 2-Orleans BOCES in its nearly 60-year history. The project work will improve building infrastructure, upgrade technology in classrooms to support quality instruction aligned to career preparation for students, accommodate student enrollment increases and continuing program expansion, increase capacity for professional development, improve security measures, reconfigure traffic flow on the BOCES campus and increase parking capacity.
The Capital Project Vote will be held on Tuesday, December 16, 2014 from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. in Room #2 at the Educational Services Center, 3599 Big Ridge Road, Spencerport, NY 14559. Anyone 18 or older who is a United States citizen living in the Brockport, Churchville-Chili, Gates Chili, Greece, Hilton, Holley, Kendall, Spencerport or Wheatland-Chili school districts for at least 30 days prior to the vote date is eligible to vote. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION, CHECK IT OUT HERE.
Time Magazine Trashes Teachers
On Monday, Nov 3, this cover will be in every supermarket checkout line and newstand across the country. It is already online. Time blames teachers for every problem in America's schools. Feel sick to your stomach too?? Time magazine is not trying to foster a serious dialoge about solutions our schools need, it is intentionally creating controversy to sell more copies!! SHAME on Time.
Please tell Time's editors to apologize for this outrageous attack on America's teachers. (click for link)
NYS Education Commissioner John King stepping down. Rejoice? Sure... but with reservations. Find more info here.
Did You Know??
A message from AFT Vice-President Mary Cathryn Ricker:
I used to buy all sorts of supplies for my seventh- and eighth-graders—from basics like pencils and notepads to materials that helped students see their own diversity represented in the room, in my classroom library and in my lessons. And, like millions of teachers, I paid for those supplies out of my own paycheck.
Our government may not adequately fund education yet, but last week, the House of Representatives actually passed a bipartisan bill that would extend the teacher tax deduction. This deduction allows teachers and other school professionals to deduct up to $250 per year from their taxes to help offset money spent to provide additional classroom supplies for students.
Now that the House has acted, it is time for the Senate to step up to the plate and finish the job. Urge your senators to extend the teacher tax deduction.
Many of these supplies, like books and paper, should be provided by schools but aren’t, because of ongoing austerity and budget cuts. We know that many teachers have spent their own money to help maintain a creative and engaging learning environment in the classroom. Those who have paid out of their own pockets for books, supplies, computer equipment, and other equipment and materials could greatly benefit from this deduction.
Urge your senators to pass this bill extending the teacher tax deduction before they leave for the upcoming holidays.
Mary Cathryn Ricker
AFT Executive Vice President
HCSTA Is Styling!
That’s right, be on the lookout for new HCSTA apparel to wear around town and school! A new logo is being designed and styles are being considered by the Executive Board. What a GREAT way to remind the community HCSTA is made up of hard-working and caring professionals. The apparel will be stylish and well tailored while signifying HCSTA unity when worn! Further information will be announced by your building public relations representative in January.
Limited Openings Still Available For Teacher Certification Video Conference!
Wednesday's, December 3rd, Teacher Certification Video Conference.
You can also register for the following:
February 5, 2015 - Teaching Assistant Certification
March 12, 2015 - Teacher Certification
Use this link to register.
Union Support Requested for Officer Pierson Benevolent Event
The Rochester Police Department and the Rochester Police Locust Club have established the Officer Pierson Memorial Fund. Anyone wishing to contribute may do so at their authorized site.
If you would like to send a card or letter to the family of Officer Pierson, please send them to:
The Family of Offcer Daryl Pierson
c/o The Rochester Police Locust Club, Inc.
1425 Lexington Avenue
Rochester, New York 14606
Fall 2014 Member Benefits E-Newsletter
I am proud to present to you the Fall 2014 issue of our quarterly Member Benefits E-Direct electronic newsletter. I hope that you will find the content useful and ask that you pass this publication along to as many of your NYSUT contacts and members as possible.
Each issue of this electronic publication is put together with great thought and effort as we strive to ensure that we offer helpful hints and tips to our members -- an added benefit of NYSUT membership provided at no cost to NYSUT members. We want all NYSUT members to know that membership in NYSUT provides access to a variety of Member Benefits-endorsed programs & services available exclusively to them and their families.
Please click the link below to view this e-newsletter. The publication includes embedded links that will allow you to learn more about our various endorsed programs & services.
One of our goals at NYSUT Member Benefits is to reach the maximum number of members, and we have seen that we are most successful with that goal when people like you share our materials with colleagues and friends. We continue to increase the number of members who are aware of the endorsed programs & services that we offer but still have great potential for growth in this area.
We are also pleased that the number of members who participate in our endorsed programs & services continues to grow each year; with your help in forwarding this email and e-newsletter link to your membership, we are confident that this growth will continue in the future as well.
Thank you for your continued support of NYSUT Member Benefits!
Lynette A. Metz
Director, NYSUT Member Benefits Trust
CEO, NYSUT Member Benefits Corporation
The sick bank has fallen below the minimum 150 day balance. HCSTA is involved and value the process and guidelaines of the sick bank usage. On Nov.21, each teacher will have .5 sick day deducted from accrual balance.
Why Would Anyone Want to be a Teacher Today?
Today's teachers face an adverse political climate bent on undermining their professional status and blaming them for multiple ills while working for their job security and retirement benefits. Are these reasons to stay away from this field or do they make becoming a teacher an even more urgent and compelling decision? Join the conversation!!
Wednesday, November 5
Shultz Center , Forum Room
(see flyer for additional details)
Important Message From Ellen Mancuso, the PAC Coordinator NYSUT Rochester Area
I have made thousands of calls for NYSUT to you, our members. You have been nice to me, changed your mind with me, been rude and hung up on me. Nevertheless, over the years I also hear from members that NYSUT shouldn't tell me what to do! Think about it for a moment...
In the political arena, NYSUT's legislative wing thinks and breathes politics 24x7. The are balancing what we say in our individual districts and expand it out to the big state political chessboard that it is. We study and evaluate our candidates. Our members want the union to protect their rights and the most important tool to do that is YOUR VOTE! Politics are emothional and close to the heart, education and union benefits are not at the top of the list for most voters. There is very big money in Rich Funke's campaign. I am fighting for money for public schools, public colleges, our children and our labor rights. What will you be voting for?
If members want more information on Ted O'Brien, there is an interview on WXXI Connections with Evan Dawson you need to view.
Let's Get Out the Vote! Monroe County Democratic Headquarters
Saturday- Sunday- Monday- Tuesday: November 1-4
Stop at MCDC at your convenience and participate in literature drops and going door to door OR spending an hour on the phone reminding people to vote! Open 8 am to 10 pm.
1150 University Ave. Building 5 (in the back)
Rochester, NY 14607
Call Ellen Mancuso at 585-705-6050 for additonal information
Rochester Labor Council Walks: Literature drop going to union households only.
Saturday and Sunday November 1 and 2
Starting at 9:30 am each day. On Sunday they will be shooting a info-commercial with Louise Slaughter to get out the vote at
221 Dewey Avenue
Rocheester, NY 14608
Hilton Student Battles Rare Childhood Cancer
7th grader Raeanna Parson was recently diagnosed with a rare childhood cancer called Paraganglioma. Surgery for the removal of the tumor is scheduled for Friday, October 31st. Please keep Raeanna in your thoughts and consider contributing to offset expenses for her family.
Read more information from Rae's mom on the link. For now Rae's family,"Looks forward to the day she will be able to go back to attending school like normal, play soccer and cheer without any complications. Do not feel obligated to leave a donation although it would be much appreciated and go 100% towards Rae and her medical expenses. Prayers are free and always accepted!"
To help Rae and read updates, follow this link!
They Won't Be Buffaloed-Sabers Drawn!
A backlash has quickly mounted to the Buffalo School Board majority's "rammed-through" request last week that the state allow an unprecedented extra round of charter school porposals for the takeover of struggling city public schools.
More than 150 NYSUT members, community activists, parents, students and politicians stood near the steps of City Hall chanting and wearing signs with words, "Buffalo Public Schools YES! Charter Schools NO!
Find more information here.
Check out this (<- link) great opportunity for gift giving:
One East Rochester Member's Response to Time's Article
Subject: Re: Time Magazine attacks teachers!
To whom it may concern,
It is extremely upsetting to see the cover of the next issue of Time magazine when it attacks an occupation that is an essential public service that directly impacts the Communities that the individuals are employed in.
Please consider the following:
- Within the past five years there have been a number of teachers that have been killed doing their job in defense of students during school shootings. Would you write and article attacking police officers? Rescue workers?
-Teaching has the lowest pay for the amount of education required and these educators are often swimming in school loans to make, on average$41,000/year. Compare that to the top education system on the planet (Finland) where teacher salaries average around $100,000/year more than in the United States. These are not positions that a person signs on for light-heartedly.
-Your cover is wrong, It is not "nearly impossible" to fire bad teachers. In fact there is, in every district, contract conditions that allow a teacher to be removed. It is the district's choosing whether they wish to exercise these conditions. It is a lengthy process but please consider that a teacher works under state practice that originate from politicians that have not steppped foot in the classroom since they were in high school. They subscribe to practices brought on by private business that claim to have the latest and greatest techniques for education. Common core is a perfect example. Tenure allows a teacher to challenge administration and elected officials without fear of losing their livelihood. Why? Because we are the ones in the classroom spending our time with the children that are data points to everyone else. Including your publication. Besides the apology to teachers, I wish to take this time to ask for you to apologize to every American student for treating them as soulless data while you're at it (The letter continues, use this link to finish reading it.)
Click HERE to read the remainder of the article.
Are You on the Path to Teacher or Teaching Assistant Certification? Do You Have Any Questions? Find the entire informational brochure HERE.
Election Support Needed- Let's Get Out the Vote!!
Come out and help HCSTA make phone calls for local candidates that support our students!! Issues that are vital to our classroom must be corrected and legislators need to make those changes.
Meet us at the Rochester NYSUT offices on Thursday,October 30th from 5-8pm to assist in an important phone drive. You don't need to know details about the issues, scripts are supplied. Please call Virginia Errico-Bourji at ext. 2349 to let her know you intend to help! Wear your HCSTA t-shirt for solidarity!
Get in On the Good Food:
The Good Food Collective is a year-round program providing individuals and families with access to this area's best local, sustainable food. The Good Food Collective is a project of Headwater Foods, a Community Food Enterprise creating a value-filled, year-round supply chain of local, sustainable foods for the greater Rochester area. They are committed to joining with others and working towards a more socially and environmentally just food system and the individual, social, economic and ecological health of our community.
Sales of the Good Food Collective's fall share have been extended until Tuesday! If you have any questions, contact Elizabeth Thornton at Northwood, ext. 4516.
STAND WITH SPENCERPORT
-- STAND UP FOR KIDS--
What is SWS?
Stand With Spencerport (SWS) began when teachers at Cosgrove Middle School in Spencerport, NY, spoke out about the confdentiality agreements they were required to sign by the State Education Department (SED) when administering and scoring the 2014 Grades 3--8 ELA and Math exams. In an April 2014 petition mailed to Governor Cuomo, Commissioner King, Chancellor Tisch, and the Board of Regents, the teachers at Cosgrove voiced their frustrations that the gag-order was absurd, offensive, and misaligned with best teaching practices.
Annual testing in ELA and Math for students in Grades 3--8 is nothing new... However, in the past, educators could use state exams to inform and improve district curriculum and classroom instruction. In 2014, teachers and administrators were required to sign confidentiality agreements barring them from discussing anything about the assessments with their colleagues, with students, or with parents. Here is a summary:
- Students in third through eighth grade sat for six days of testing- three days in ELA and three days in math.
- Districts hired substitute teachers while classroom teachers spent several days scoring each exam.
- Educators who discussed anything- questions, student responses, rubrics, etc. -- would be violating a policy that threatened to revoke their teaching license in NYS.
Are SWS Educators Against Testing?
Absolutely not. As educators, we rely on assessments to tell us what our students know and what they are able to do. Teachers use assessment results to plan and guide our instruction. Principals use assessment results to determine overall areas of success and weakness. Administered and scored under a gag-order, the 2014 Math and ELA exams do not fulfill any of the above purposes of assessment.
Visit their website to learn more!
Union Members Make a Difference!!
Join fellow members for a labor walk out of Ted O'Brien's house:
120 Thurlow Avenue, Rochester, NY 14609
Saturdays at 9:30 am
- October 4
- October 18
- October 25
- November 1
Find out more about Ted O'Brien's platform in the Elections file under important documents.
This is a very tough race and HCSTA needs you to support Ted!
A MOOT COURT HEARING (and public discussion)
"Is the Common Core Good for Public Schools?"
Tuesday September 23, 7:00 pm, East High School Forum Room
FREE & Open to the public!
Part of "A Community-Wide Discussion of Issues in Public Education" Project sponsored in part by Writers & Books, University of Roichester, Roberts Wesleyan College, Nazareth College, Rochester Teachers Association and Coalition for Justice in Education.
A wide variety of key education figures in the Rochester area will be present.
Making Strides Volunteers Needed!
Join fellow NYSUT members in the fight against breast cancer on Sunday, Oct 19th, 10 at Frontier Field! Just a few hours of your time will make a big difference! See Martha Burke at the high school for further details or visit the Hilton Team (Hilton Central TA) website to donate!!
Who Do We Endorse?? NYSUT Supports:
Governor- No endorsement!!! (NYSUT and NYS AFL-CIO)
**Comptroller- Thomas DiNapoli (D-WR-I) Incumbent
** Attorney General- Eric Schneiderman (D-WF-I) Incumbent
SD 54 Michael Nozzolio (R-C-I)
SD 55 Ted O'Brien (D-WF) Incumbent
SD 56 Joseph Robach (R-C-I)
SD 57 Catherine Young (R-C-I)
SD 58 Thomas O'Mara (R-C-I)
SD 59 no endorsement
SD 61 Elaine Altman (D-WF)
SD 62 Johnny Destino (D)
AD 130 Bob Oaks (R)
AD 131 Brian Kolb (R-C)
AD 132 Phillip Palmesano (R-C-I)
AD 133 No endorsement
AD 134 No endorsement
AD 135 Mark Johns (R-WF-C) Incumbent
AD 136 Joseph Morelle (D-I)
AD 137 No endorsement
AD 138 Harry Bronson (D-WF-I) Incumbent
CD 23 Martha Robertson (D-WF)
CD 24 Dan Maffei, Incumbent
CD 25 Louise Slaughter, Incumbent
CD 27 No endorsement