Local teacher associations and NYSUT oppose high stakes testing

111 Local Teacher Associations support “I Refuse” Movement to oppose High Stakes Testing (as of 4/13/15)

A number of local teacher associations around New York State are choosing to vote in support of our children and educators by approving the “I Refuse” resolution which will be presented at the New York State Union of Teachers (NYSUT) convention in May 2015.

By adopting the “I Refuse” resolution, local unions pledge to oppose high stakes testing, to advocate for an engaged and socially relevant curriculum that is student-based and supported by research; and to ask that their members refuse the NYS tests for their own children in grades 3-8.  Read the full resolution here.

Thirty-three (33) local teacher associations have approved the resolution as of February 5, 2015 and include:

Associated Teachers of Huntington
Baldwin Teachers Association
Bellmore-Merrick United Secondary Teachers
Bellport Teachers Association
Brockport Teachers Association
Camden Teachers Association
Central Islip Teachers Association
Connetquot Teachers Association
Farmingdale Federation of Teachers
Fulton Teachers Association
Hamburg Teachers Association
Ichabod Crane Teachers Association
Kingston Teachers Federation
Lancaster Central Teachers Association.
Lakeland Federation of Teachers
Levittown Teachers Union
Locust Valley School Employees Association
Miller Place Teachers Association
New Hartford Teachers Association
New Rochelle Federation of United School Employees
North Rockland Teachers Association
North Syracuse Education Association
Patchogue-Medford Congress of Teachers
Plainedge Federation of Teachers
Plainview-Old Beth Page Congress of Teachers
Port Jefferson Station Teachers Association
Rome Teachers Association
Sherburne-Earlville Teachers’ Association
Smithtown Teachers Association
Springville Faculty Association
Shoreham Wading River Teachers Association
Troy Teachers Association
West Babylon Teachers Association

– See more at: http://www.nysape.org/resolution-to-support-the-ldquoi-refuserdquo-movement.html#sthash.ZK7fyVCH.dpuf

I am very happy to see that our local KTF is part of this list!

UPDATE on 2/20/15:  The list of teacher associations approving the “I Refuse” resolution is ever growing and now includes 50 associations.  New Paltz United Teachers has joined KTF as teacher unions in Ulster County that have approved the resolution.

UPDATE on 4/13/15:  The list of teacher associations** approving the “I Refuse” resolution has grown to 111.

iRefuse feature

NYSUT prepared a fact sheet that attempts to clear up misinformation regarding test refusal by reviewing the federal requirements for participation in the state assessments and potential consequences of test refusal/opting-out for districts, students and teachers.

Parents and teachers share deep concerns about over-testing resulting from the state’s botched implementation of the Common Core Learning Standards (CCLS). Concerns include: stress on students, appropriateness of tests, erosion of learning time and lack of state transparency on test content. Parents who decide it is not in their children’s best interests to take these assessments are part of an ―Opt-Out‖ movement that is growing nationally and in New York state. NYSUT fully supports parents’ right to choose what is best for their children— including NYSUT members who decide as parents to opt their child out of state tests. In addition, NYSUT encourages members to exercise their rights as professionals to speak out against the harmful effects of high-stakes tests — and will vigorously defend members if a district brings disciplinary charges in that event”

nysut.org Fact Sheet on Opting-Out of State Tests January 27, 2015

 

** List of teacher associations from nysape.org as of 4/13/15

Amityville Teachers’ Association
Amsterdam Teachers’ Association
Associated Teachers of Huntington
Babylon Teachers’ Association
Baldwin Teachers Association
Bay Shore Classroom Teachers Association
Bayport- Blue Point Teachers’ Association
Bellmore Faculty Organizaton
Bellmore-Merrick United Secondary Teachers
Bellmore Teachers’ Organization
Bellport Teachers Association
Bethpage Congress of Teachers
Brentwood Teachers Association
Brockport Teachers Association
Buffalo Teachers Federation (a variation of the I Refuse resolution)
Carmel Teachers’ Association
Camden Teachers Association
Center Moriches Teachers’ Association
Central Islip Teachers Association
Clarkstown Teachers Association
Commack Teachers Association
Connetquot Teachers Association
Cortland United Teachers
Deer Park Teachers’ Association
East Aurora Faculty Association
Eastport/South Manor Teachers’ Association
East Williston Teachers’ Association
Elwood Teachers Alliance
Farmingdale Federation of Teachers
Freeport Teachers Association
Fulton Teachers Association
Garden City Teachers’Association
Garrison Teachers Association
Glen Cove Teachers’ Association
Half Hollow Hills Teachers’ Association
Hamburg Teachers Association
Hauppauge Teachers Association
Hastings Teachers Association
Hewlett-Woodmere Faculty Association
Hicksville Congress of Teachers
Highland Teachers Association
Holley Teachers’ Association
Ichabod Crane Teachers Association
Islip Teachers Association
Kingston Teachers Federation
Lancaster Central Teachers Association
Lake Shore Central Teachers’ Association
Lakeland Federation of Teachers
Lawrence Teachers’ Association
Levittown Teachers Union
Lindenhurst Teachers Association
Little Flower Teachers Association
Locust Valley School Employees Association
Lynbrook Teachers Association
Mahopac Teachers’ Association (adopted a variation of resolution)
Malverne Teachers’ Association
Merrick Faculty Association
Middle Country Teachers Association
Middle Island Teachers Association
Middletown Teachers Association
Miller Place Teachers Association
MORE Caucus (NYC)

New Hartford Teachers Association

New Paltz United Teachers
New Rochelle Federation of United School Employees
New York Mills Teachers’ Association
Newburgh Teachers’ Association
North Babylon Teachers’ Organization
North Bellmore Teachers Association
North Merrick Faculty Association
North Rockland Teachers Association
North Shore Schools Federated Employees
North Syracuse Education Association
Oceanside Federation of Teachers
Oneonta Teachers’ Association
Orchard Park Teachers Association
Ossining Teachers Association
Patchogue-Medford Congress of Teachers
Pine Bush Teachers’ Association
Plainedge Federation of Teachers
Plainview-Old Beth Page Congress of Teachers
Port Jefferson Teachers Association
Port Jefferson Station Teachers Association
Ramapo Teachers Association
Rocky Point Teachers Association
Rockville Centre Teachers’ Association
Rome Teachers Association
Sauquoit Valley Teachers Association
Sherburne-Earlville Teachers’ Association
Smithtown Teachers Association
Spencerport Teachers Association
Springville Faculty Association
Shoreham Wading River Teachers Association
Somers Education Association
Teachers Association of Sag Harbor
Three Village Teachers Association
Troy Teachers Association
United Teachers of Harborfields
United Teachers of Northport
United Teachers of Seaford
Valley Central Teachers’ Association
Valley Stream Teachers Association
Wallkill Teachers Association
Wappingers Congress of Teachers
Waterville Teachers Association
West Babylon Teachers Association
West Canada Valley Teachers Association
West Genesee Teachers’ Association
West Hempstead Education Association
West Islip Teachers’ Association
West Seneca Teachers Association

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