As you may know, Tenure rights were removed from teachers in California last spring (Vergara case) and as a result, similar lawsuits were filed across the country.
In brief, the plaintiffs in the New York lawsuit are claiming that Tenure, LIFO and 3020a proceedings make it difficult to fire ineffective teachers and therefore are unconstitutional because children are not getting a proper education. NYSUT is looking for a dismissal of the case. Oral arguments were presented last week and the judge is expected to render a decision in a few weeks.
We are the official bargaining agent of the more than 700 professional employees of the Sewanhaka Central High School District. Our members include classroom teachers, guidance counselors, psychologists, social workers, library-media specialists, teaching assistants and professional nurses.
What we do:
As the official advocate and exclusive representative of the professional staff of the Sewanhaka CHSD, the SFT seeks to
promote the professional, economic and social welfare of our members
promote the educational advancement of the students of the Sewanhaka CHSD
raise the standards of the education profession in our state and nation
secure the enactment of legislation favorable to the interests of public education and public education employees
promote the participation of the professional staff in the formulation of educational policies
work with the Board of Education and members of the community to ensure the highest standards of educational excellence in the Sewanhaka CHSD
The SFT is committed to the ideal that educators, students and the community at large constitute a community of interest whose needs can best be advanced through cooperation and mutual respect.