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  • WCT teachers achieved NYS Master Teacher Recognition and National Board Certification

    Margaret Loh (JJ), Katrina Duffy (JJ), and Michael Crocco (JJ) received NYS Master Teacher Recognition.  Missing from picture are NBCT Meredith Inkles and Anne Marie Dunn.

    Mid-Hudson School Study Council SUNY New Paltz Awards for Excellence

    On October 16, 2014 Martha Bilsback (Myers Corners teacher) and Gloria DiNardi (RCK Social Worker) received the Mid-Hudson School Study Council SUNY New Paltz Awards for Excellence.  Those toasting both Martha and Gloria included colleagues, retirees, friends, a student and family as well as WCSD administration.

     

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      President's Message

      Beware of the 2017 Constitutional Convention Trojan horse

       

      Dear Colleagues,

       

      Under the New York State Constitution (Article 19, §2), every twenty years the people of New York State may be asked to vote on a question that will appear on the top of the ballot: “Shall there be a convention to revise the constitution and amend the same?” If passed, on November 7, 2017, these simple twelve words   will have a huge impact not only on our members, but also on every resident of the state. 

      If the voters approve a constitutional convention, the outcome could be catastrophic – for you – the union member and public educator. Many of the fundamental rights that our predecessors worked to achieve: free public education, the right to collective bargain, prohibition of the reduction of public pension benefits could be taken away by the same elected officials who relentlessly attack our profession.  

      This important document performs three vital roles that are important to us, our families and the school community we serve. First, the constitution establishes a basic organizational structure for state government. If changes are made that give too much power to one branch, for example the executive, then our system of self-governance will be upended.

      Second, the constitution establishes the fundamental rights we enjoy as citizens of New York State and as public employees.  
       

      Including:

      The right to a free public education (Article 11, §1);

      Prohibiting reductions in public pension benefits (Article 5, §7);

      Rights to worker compensation (Article 1, §18);

      Rights to be a member of a union and bargain collectively (Article 1, §17), and

      Requirements that the state provide for social welfare needs (Article 27, §1).

                Third, the constitution sets the most important policy goals for the people of New York State, and thus, has an impact on every other law currently in place and on future statutes yet to come.  For example, the 1967 convention was specially convened by an act of the Legislature a decade after the 20 year scheduled referendum was voted down in 1957.  Following the 1967 convention, voters rejected the proposed changes which included proposed repeal to the “Blaine Amendment” which prohibits the use of state monies to be used to assist religious schools.  Had this proposal not been rejected by the voters, public education would look very different in New York (NYSUT).

      Since the American Revolution, 236 state constitutional conventions have been held throughout the country. The mandatory convention question was entered in the New York State constitution in 1846.  New York has used this process nine times (1777, 1801, 1821, 1846, 1867, 1894, 1915, 1938 and 1967) to undertake major re-writes of the document. It was Thomas Jefferson, author of the U. S. Declaration of Independence, who argued that America’s state constitutions should be living documents, and ought to be revisited every twenty years. Others maintain that the current constitution is lengthy, confusing, and unreadable, with 225 amendments and obsolete provisions for today’s needs.

      The state constitution can be amended in two ways. First, is through the passage of individual bills by two separately elected state Legislatures (Article 19, §1). These Bills propose specific amendment questions which then appear on the November ballot.  Most recently this process was undertaken in 2013. Several constitutional amendments ranging from the expansion of casino gaming in New York State to the sale of specific tracks of land within the constitutionally protected Adirondack Park were voted on by the people.  All but one was passed and became part of the state constitution.  This process has been used 200 times since the last major constitutional revision in 1894. 

      The second process for amending the New York State Constitution involves holding a constitutional convention (Article 19, §2). This legal process allows for much wider modifications of the constitution than the single amendment; including a full rewrite of the document.  If the voters approve, a multi-year process begins. In 2018, three delegate’s per-State Senate District and fifteen at-large delegates are elected at the next scheduled general election-204 delegates in total.  These delegates can include sitting members of the State Legislature, political party leaders or other office holders.  The delegates are allowed to hold both their elected office and a position as a delegate; collecting both salaries.  

      The convention delegates convene in Albany on the first Tuesday of April following their election and continue in session until their work is complete. They deliberate and then publish the suggested amendments.  The proposed changes are then submitted to the voters, either individually or as a group, with another public referendum vote no sooner than six weeks after the adjournment of the convention. If approved at the polls, constitutional changes go into effect the first day in January, the year after the vote is held (NYSUT).

      The constitutional convention of 1967 cost the taxpayers ten million dollars. In 2017, the cost to the taxpayers could reach ten times that amount. Voters rejected the last required call for a constitutional convention in 1997. Rejection was not by accident, many groups such as advocates for public education, environmentalists, public and private organized labor etc. worked together to convince voters that holding a convention was not in the best interest of the citizens of the state.  

      More than ever before, we need to protect and preserve our constitutional rights in this state.

      Do we trust today’s elected officials to rewrite our state constitution that has served us well for so many years? Do we want politicians, misconceptions, uninformed and misled voters to threaten the fundamental rights documented in the state constitution? 

      It is crucial that the WCT and the WCRT need to stay involved and cognizant of the issues and the threats to our livelihood. If we don’t protect it who will? We have to remain active in the political process. When we go to the polls on November 7, 2017, we must vote NO to the question: “Shall there be a convention to revise the constitution and amend the same?” as we are well aware of the disastrous ramifications of such a process.

      In Solidarity

      Pasquale Delli Carpini

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      WCT HOSTS THE ST CAUCUS

      WISCONSIN WARNING! WHAT WE CAN LEARN!

      WCT RALLIES FOR EDUCATION!

       

      The ST Caucus is a group of educators from across the state who have shared concerns with the direction of education policy in NYS and how it ultimately affects our students. The caucus exists to enhance the democratic operation and process within NYSUT in order to provide an equal voice to the rank and file membership.
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      Download: ST Caucu.docx
      By Diane DiChiara, Secondary-at-Large This summer, I had the opportunity to participate in NYSUTs Local Action Project (LAP) along with fellow unionists Rena Finsmith (JJ), Keri Roger (JJ), Pasquale Delli Carpini (JJ) and Jim Marrinan (Oak).
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      The MidHudson Teacher Center is sponsoring this professional learning opportunity to provide support for candidates seeking National Board Certification. Best practices as well as reflective teaching will be addressed.
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      Peyton is the grandson of retired WCSD health teachers, Donna Meyer.  Peyton is scheduled to have  partial liver transplant surgery on Tuesday.  This is the web page  for updates and also information about fundraising efforts that were recommended by the doctors since the immunosuppressant medications will be very costly and are not covered by insurance.

      https://www.youcaring.com/peyton-meyer-413481

      Twenty four new teachers were welcomed to the school district in a joint effort between the Wappingers Congress of Teachers (WCT) and the Wappingers Central School District (WCSD). This year, in the spirit of collaboration, the teachers spent the morning at central office before being chauffeured by yellow school bus to the WCT office where, President Pasquale Delli Carpini gave them a warm welcome. There, they were treated to lunch by the WCT and they also received information pertinent to new teachers. The other WCT hosts were Ronnie Dwyer, administrative assistant, Flip Gertler (VP Elementary), Jim Marrinan (VP Political Action), Kerri Roger (Building Representative) and Diane DiChiara (Secondary-at-Large).  Superintendent Jose Carrion, Assistant Superintendent for Human Resources and Labor Relations, Dr. Dwight Bonk and Executive Director of Special Education and Student Support Services, Richard Zipp joined the new teachers at the WCT office to show their support for their future success. 

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      The Wappingers Congress of Teachers has a new home! You are cordially invited to visit the new WCT office.
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      Various members from John Jay and Roy C.
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      WCT & OTHER LOCALS JOIN FORCE!
      Once you have logged in successfully, you can follow these directions to verify your information: If you would like to check and/or change the telephone or email information at any time, you can sign into the website and follow these steps:
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      On Thursday, the WCT held a successful food drive for the Fishkill Food Pantry which serves families in southern Dutchess. The volunteers were delighted and thankful as box after box was handed over. The timing was perfect as the stock was low. They suggested that February is also a good time to run a drive as stock is depleted after the holidays.
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      At the end of December 2014, we discontinued using the previous email system in which you were enrolled.  If you would like to continue receiving email from the WCT, and have not already done so, it is important that you register for the website include your email address as soon as possible.  While enrolling, you can also set yourself up to receive text messages from the WCT.  It only takes a few minutes.  PLEASE REMEMBER TO ALLOW 24-48 HOURS to be granted access.   
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      Congratulations to Anne Marie Dunn, Library Media Specialist at Oak Grove Elementary and Meredith Inkeles, Library Media Specialist at Kinry Road Elementary.
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      This is the testing letter to the community to urge them to make an informed decision when it comes to testing of their students.
      Read More...
      Download: amended testing letter on letterhead.pdf

      Enter this link to read and stay informed about the latest NYSED latest news!

      NYSED: NEWS AND PRESS ROOM 

      The ST Caucus is a group of educators from across the state who have shared concerns with the direction of education policy in NYS and how it ultimately affects our students. The caucus exists to enhance the democratic operation and process within NYSUT in order to provide an equal voice to the rank and file membership.
      Read More...
      Download: ST Caucu.docx
      By Diane DiChiara, Secondary-at-Large This summer, I had the opportunity to participate in NYSUTs Local Action Project (LAP) along with fellow unionists Rena Finsmith (JJ), Keri Roger (JJ), Pasquale Delli Carpini (JJ) and Jim Marrinan (Oak).
      Read More...
      The MidHudson Teacher Center is sponsoring this professional learning opportunity to provide support for candidates seeking National Board Certification. Best practices as well as reflective teaching will be addressed.
      Read More...

      Read More...

      Peyton is the grandson of retired WCSD health teachers, Donna Meyer.  Peyton is scheduled to have  partial liver transplant surgery on Tuesday.  This is the web page  for updates and also information about fundraising efforts that were recommended by the doctors since the immunosuppressant medications will be very costly and are not covered by insurance.

      https://www.youcaring.com/peyton-meyer-413481

      Twenty four new teachers were welcomed to the school district in a joint effort between the Wappingers Congress of Teachers (WCT) and the Wappingers Central School District (WCSD). This year, in the spirit of collaboration, the teachers spent the morning at central office before being chauffeured by yellow school bus to the WCT office where, President Pasquale Delli Carpini gave them a warm welcome. There, they were treated to lunch by the WCT and they also received information pertinent to new teachers. The other WCT hosts were Ronnie Dwyer, administrative assistant, Flip Gertler (VP Elementary), Jim Marrinan (VP Political Action), Kerri Roger (Building Representative) and Diane DiChiara (Secondary-at-Large).  Superintendent Jose Carrion, Assistant Superintendent for Human Resources and Labor Relations, Dr. Dwight Bonk and Executive Director of Special Education and Student Support Services, Richard Zipp joined the new teachers at the WCT office to show their support for their future success. 

      .
      Read More...
      The Wappingers Congress of Teachers has a new home! You are cordially invited to visit the new WCT office.
      Read More...
      Various members from John Jay and Roy C.
      Read More...
      WCT & OTHER LOCALS JOIN FORCE!
      Once you have logged in successfully, you can follow these directions to verify your information: If you would like to check and/or change the telephone or email information at any time, you can sign into the website and follow these steps:
      Read More...
      On Thursday, the WCT held a successful food drive for the Fishkill Food Pantry which serves families in southern Dutchess. The volunteers were delighted and thankful as box after box was handed over. The timing was perfect as the stock was low. They suggested that February is also a good time to run a drive as stock is depleted after the holidays.
      Read More...
      At the end of December 2014, we discontinued using the previous email system in which you were enrolled.  If you would like to continue receiving email from the WCT, and have not already done so, it is important that you register for the website include your email address as soon as possible.  While enrolling, you can also set yourself up to receive text messages from the WCT.  It only takes a few minutes.  PLEASE REMEMBER TO ALLOW 24-48 HOURS to be granted access.   
      .
      Read More...
      Congratulations to Anne Marie Dunn, Library Media Specialist at Oak Grove Elementary and Meredith Inkeles, Library Media Specialist at Kinry Road Elementary.
      Read More...
      This is the testing letter to the community to urge them to make an informed decision when it comes to testing of their students.
      Read More...
      Download: amended testing letter on letterhead.pdf

      Enter this link to read and stay informed about the latest NYSED latest news!

      NYSED: NEWS AND PRESS ROOM 


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      WCT Rallys against NYS Education Reform Vote

      On April 6, WCT retirees, along with President Pasquale DelliCarpini rallied outside the opening of Sue Serino's new office to protest Serino's yes vote for the state budget which includes education reform.  Baby Korz was also present with her mom, Lauren, who is on maternity leave and her grandmother, retired special education teacher, Ellen Korz.




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