The District and Association have made progress recently and resolved some major issues surrounding negotiations. The Association has proposed several dates prior to the Holiday break in order to move the negotiations forward. Once dates are finalized the parties will commence negotiations and work towards achieving successor agreements. Our goal is to bargain the issues and bring fair contracts forward, however we feel strongly that no contracts are better than bad contracts.
STA's FAQ on APPR
The STA has started a blog with FAQs that relate to APPR. Please feel free to send questions to firstname.lastname@example.org and the most common ones will be added to the blog. We will also be working on a Code of Conduct/Discipline blog that is similar in the near future.
STA - APPR Blog
SCSD Half Days
The Association and the District are in the process of finalizing a Memorandum of Agreement that will resolve the issue of the late student dismissal on half days. In the meantime, please keep track of the exact time your students are released and you are no longer responsible for them as this will be important to determine future compensatory time. Once the MOU is finalized the Association will report the specifics of the agreement with reps and the membership.
Employee Self-Service Now Available Outside SCSD Network
The STA advocated for the Employee Self-Service (ESS) system to be available outside the SCSD network and on July 1, 2014 this became reality. Please follow the link below to access the ESS system.
Employee Self-Service System - SCSD User name and Password required
APPR Resources Updated
The STA has revised the APPR Manual and created a Local Measure/Target Setting Issue Reporting Form these documents can be downloaded below.
APPR Manual - Revised May 2014
Target Setting Issue Reporting Form
SCSD BOE Approves 2014-15 School Calendar
At its meeting on May 13, 2014 the SCSD Board of Education approved the 2014-15 school calendar. Follow the links below to view the calendar digest and payroll calendars.
2014-15 - School Calendar
2014-15 - Payroll Schedule
STA Files Lawsuit Over Unfair Evaluations
ALBANY, N.Y. April 16, 2014 - The Syracuse Teachers Association today challenged the way the State Education Department set growth scores for students who took last April's standardized tests, filing a lawsuit charging the state failed to adequately take into account the effects of poverty and, as a result, wrongly penalized teachers who work with the most disadvantaged students.
STA President Kevin Ahern said Syracuse teachers welcome fair, accurate evaluations that help improve classroom instruction and student outcomes. "Our teachers are highly skilled, dedicated professionals who understand that good evaluations, fairly and accurately done, can be helpful. But SED's failure to properly calculate growth scores has been anything but fair and accurate - and it has resulted in tremendous harm to teachers who pour their hearts and souls into helping their students succeed."
STA Safety Incident Reporting
The STA is continuing to track incidents where members have been hurt or injured at work. Please use this form to make the Association aware of these incidents.
Please remember these things:
- Make sure all safety problems and/or violent incidents are reported to your administrator as well as your STA Building Representative(s).
- Keep copies of all documentation including SCSD discipline referrals.
- Always follow up with administration if you haven't heard from them within 24 hours.
- Use this form for serious concerns only.
- If you believe the situation you are reporting is an emergency, please call the STA Office (435-4526)
STA Safety Incident Report Form
The STA is aware of issues where classes may be out of compliance or teachers are being pulled to sub due to lack of subs in the building. This form will help document these issues. Please fill out and submit to the STA Office via the electronic form below.
STA Compliance Reporting Log Form
2014-15 SCSD Budget
The budget for the upcoming year has been announced. Again the Syracuse City School District is underfunded and below are some tools to help you advocate for more funding for our schools.
2013-14 SCSD Information
The SCSD Board of Education has passed several resolutions in regard to the 2013-14 school year. They are listed below:
2013-14 - School Calendar
2013-14 - Payroll Schedule
2013-14 Health Insurance Rates
2013-14 - 21 Paycheck Opt-In Form
Changes to Health Benefits (Effective July 1, 2014):
July 1, 2014 - Health Benefit Changes
Your Rights with Student Discipline:
Know Your Rights Article
Login for Secure Growth Reporting System (NYSED)
FAQ on the Teacher Student Roster Verification (TSRV) System- Updated 1/23/14
TIF (Teacher Incentive Fund)
The TIF Grant has been described in an e-mail sent to Unit 1 members (classroom teachers only) via SCSD e-mail. The information about the grant, the breakdown of school into specific groups, etc can all be found on the document below. Once more information is published we will link here.
APPR Growth Information & Privacy Law Links
Understanding Your Growth Score
APPR Privacy Law Summary
Questions on APPR
Please forward any questions you may have about APPR to email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org. We will follow up with any questions submitted with the SCSD.
SCSD Evaluation FAQ Page
NYSUT FAQ on Teacher Evaluation Settlement
Unit 1 Contract Grids
Below are the new grids for the 2011-2014 Contract Extension. Other contract information can be found on the Contracts page or more information will be posted as soon as it's available.
There is also changes to the health insurance for the upcoming year. Use the chart below to verify the proper amount is being deducted from your paycheck.