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The Dowling College-Brookhaven Campus was the venue on Oct. 14th for the Breast Cancer Awareness Walk for Suffolk County. Over 200 Patchogue-Medford students, coaches, players, parents and teachers attended and walked under bright sunny skies helping to raise over $6000. Special thanks to Frank Paddelecchia and his lacrosse coaching staff and team for walking and raising additional money. Oregon teacher Andrew Bacon, with the help of his student organization, raised an additional $1200 the week following the walk.
The Dennison Building in Hauppauge was the site of the EducateNYNow.org rally to bring to light the inequities in how Albany funds public education. The rally was held during the afternoon hours of September 20th as commuter traffic passing by was almost brought to a halt.Teachers from school districts throughout Long Island including instructors from Nassau and Suffolk Community Colleges, attended the rally to give voice to the devastation brought on Long Island schools by the governor and legislators in Albany. Working to eliminate the tax cap and restore education the way it should be was the emphasis of the speeches made by teachers, parents and NYSUT representatives. Future events throughout the year will be organized to STOP THE CAP! RESTORE THE GAP!
The primary disagreement appears to be teacher job security in the wake of a new program that evaluates teachers based on students' standardized test scores. The Chicago Teachers Union called the idea "data-driven madness." However, Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis said teachers had no choice but to strike, despite "intense but productive" bargaining sessions. "This is no way to measure the effectiveness of an educator," Lewis said Sunday. "Further, there are too many factors beyond our control which impact how well some students perform on standardized tests such as poverty, exposure to violence, homelessness, hunger and other social issues beyond our control."
Another sticking point is a "recall" policy that would put laid-off teachers in line for job openings at other schools within the district. Emanuel said such a policy would take hiring decisions away from school principals and put them in the hands of central administrators and union leaders. As many as 6,000 teachers could lose their jobs under the evaluation system, according to Lewis, who called the system "unacceptable."
Union officials have said they are puzzled by the stance of Emanuel, the city's Democratic mayor, whom they accused of going back on promises to teachers, police officers and other civil servants.
The membership of PMCT along with NYSUT and the AFT stand in solidarity with the Chicago teachers. Union Strong!
PM Varsity Girls Soccer Participated in "Kicks for Cancer" held on October 15th Pat/Med vs. Longwood- Thanks to their coaches– Cat Zanni and Chris Grieco
Barton teachers participate in Breast Cancer Awareness month with many activities. Pictured: Seth Haughland, Michele Slaughter, Madeline Galgano
The students at Barton Elementary were very excited to receive new learning games. The games included Chess, Checkers, Tic Tac Toe, Apples to Apples, UNO, Guess Who, Perfection and various card games. PMCT donated all these to the PatMed Before and After School Program. Thanks to all our PMCT colleagues who contribute yearly via our PMCT Outreach Program.
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PMCT donated much needed craft supplies to the Patchogue-Medford Youth and Community Services Center
Thanks to all the PMCT Members Who Attended The Rally At Sachem On February 17th!
Thank You For The PMCT Toy Donation To The Pat-Med Before And After School Care Program