From The Federal Register

June 5, 2014
Applications for New Awards; National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research-Rehabilitation Engineering Research Centers
Purpose of Program: The purpose of the Disability and Rehabilitation Research Projects and Centers Program is to plan and conduct research, demonstration projects, training, and related activities, including international activities, to develop methods, procedures, and rehabilitation technology that maximize the full inclusion and integration into society, employment, independent living, family support, and economic and social self-sufficiency of individuals with disabilities, especially individuals with the most severe disabilities, and to improve the effectiveness of services authorized under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.
Maximum Award:$950,000.
The Assistant Secretary for Special Education and Rehabilitative Services may change the maximum amount through a notice published in the Federal Register

Estimated Number of Awards: 1.
Eligible Applicants:
States; public or private agencies, including for-profit agencies; public or private organizations, including for-profit organizations; IHEs; and Indian tribes and tribal organizations.

June 10, 2014
Applications for New Awards; National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research-Rehabilitation Research and Training Centers
The purpose is the same as noted above.
Maximum Award:$875,000.
Estimated Number of Awards: 1
Eligible Applicants:
States; public or private agencies, including for-profit agencies; public or private organizations, including for-profit organizations; IHEs; and Indian tribes and tribal organizations.

June 18, 2014
Comment Request; an Impact Evaluation of the Teacher Incentive Fund (TIF)
Interested persons are invited to submit comments on or before August 18, 2014.
Abstract:
This is the revised submission to request approval for continued data collection activities that will be used to support An Impact Evaluation of the Teacher Incentive Fund (TIF). The evaluation will estimate the impact of the differentiated pay component of the TIF program on student achievement and teacher and principal quality and retention.
Comments should be submitted electronically through the Federal eRulemaking Portal at http://www.regulations.gov by selecting Docket ID number ED-2014-ICCD-0089

June 19, 2014
Request for Information on Addressing Significant Disproportionality Under Section 618(d) of the Individuals With Disabilities Education Act (IDEA)
The U.S. Department of Education (Department) is requesting public comment on the actions that the Department should take to address significant disproportionality based on race and ethnicity in the identification, placement, and discipline of children with disabilities. Specifically, we are requesting input from the public on actions the Department should take related to: (1) Significant disproportionality based on race and ethnicity in the (a) identification of children as children with disabilities, including identification by disability category; (b) placement of children with disabilities in particular educational settings; and (c) the incidence, duration, and type of disciplinary action taken with respect to children with disabilities; and (2) ensuring that funds reserved for comprehensive, coordinated early intervening services (CEIS) under Part B of the IDEA are used to effectively address significant disproportionality.
Comments should be submitted electronically through the Federal eRulemaking Portal at http://www.regulations.gov by selecting Docket ID number ED-2014-ICCD-0089
Responses must be received by July 21, 2014.

Nearly two million dollars will be spent on research instead of the excellent education of America’s children.

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Last night at the Unitarian Church, University of Rochester professor Dr. David Hursh, who’s “research analyzes the increasing privatization and regimentation of K-12 education through policies, such as Race to the Top, the Common Core state exams, and public funding and tax policies that favor privately-run, publicly-funded charter schools,” spoke before an audience of approximately thirty parents, educators, and community members, providing insight into the direction education has taken towards standardization and why the community must gather together in a grassroots effort to stop the plunder of our system of education.

According to their press release, “Just over a month ago, more than 60 teachers at Cosgrove Middle School in Spencerport signed and sent a petition to leaders in Albany expressing their concerns about the 2014 ELA and Math exams. Their primary concern continues to be the “gag-order” placed on educators, which prevents the assessments from being used to improve classroom instruction and district curriculum.
Their grass-roots effort caught the attention of other educators across the State, and a teacher near Syracuse turned the petition into a website that over 5,400 parents, grandparents, teachers, students, and concerned citizens have now signed. . .
On June 19, Stand with Spencerport Teachers will convene a public forum on NYS Testing at 4:30 PM, at the Ogden Farmer’s Library Meeting Room, 269 Ogden Center Road, Spencerport. Teachers from Cosgrove School will headline the event; the University of Rochester’s Dr. David Hursh will offer comments about the US fixation on standardized tests and the harm to students; retired principal Dan Drmacich from the Coalition for Justice in Education will also speak.” Standwithspencerport.wordpress.com

In New York State and across the nation, citizens are waking up to the reality that our current system of education is detrimental to the health, welfare, and safety of our children.

The bullying tactics promoted by Common Core practices are no longer being tolerated and the sale of public education for private profit is being exposed.

American citizens are beginning to realize that our children’s educational future does not belong in the hands of businessmen but in the hearts and hands of dedicated teaching professionals.

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Professional Priorities

This e-mail is being circulated by the Rochester Teacher’s Union:
“We (RTA) we are staging a massive protest this Thursday June 19th 5:30 PM in front of Central Office before the board meeting. Please be there! Also please call 262-8525 to sign up to speak at the board meeting. This is critical! Please make the call today. We either have a great turnout and change our working conditions, or we suffer by staying stagnate. Please also text 5 teacher friends and pass the word on about signing up today. In many we are strong, divided we fall.”

Research has shown that respect in the workplace is more valuable than an increase in salary.

The profession of teaching used to carry a great deal of respect. As the nation’s children became better educated and the American dream was becoming a reality for all of it citizens, the system of education changed from one of education to training.

The goal of education was no longer to level the playing field so that all Americans could follow their dreams, the new goal was for all to become workplace ready, to feed the industrial machine and produce corporate profits.

Teachers were told what to teach and how to teach it. Institutional intimidation became the incentive plan and failure the outcome.

Some “working conditions” that would improve student achievement:
Personal, professional, passionate, autonomy in the classroom
A child centered, developmentally appropriate, Arts based curriculum
A concentration on the gifts and talents of all children
Smaller class sizes
Year round school
Looping

Some environmental conditions that would improve students achievement:
Neighborhood schools
Positive learning environments
Engaging and inviting school communities
School and neighborhood community interaction and involvement
Positive competition between and among district, county, state, and national students

The call for Thursday, “Stand up and Speak out”.

If teachers want the respect that every professional deserves then they must demand it and then show they deserve it.

When our educators can take pride in the work they do, they role model and instill pride in their students for meeting their highest expectations.

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The Rochester Jazz Festival All-Star Line-up

The City of Rochester Jazz Street Stage, presented by the Community Foundation, will feature:

The Bloomfield High School Jazz Band – June 23, 2014 – 5:15 PM
Brighton HS Jazz Band – June 21, 2014 – 3:45 PM
Brockport HS Jazz Band – June 21, 2014 – 4:30 PM
The Buffalo Academy HS Jazz Band – June 27, 2014 – 5:15 PM
The Canandaigua HS Jazz Band – June 20, 2014 – 5:00 PM
Eastman Youth Jazz Orchestra – June 25, 2014 – 7:15 PM and 9:15 PM
Eastridge HS Jazz Band – June 25, 2014 – 4:30 PM
Fairport HS Jazz Band – June 24, 2014 – 5:15 PM
Greece Arcadia HS Jazz Band – June 23, 2014 – 4:30 PM
Greece Athena HS Jazz Band – June 24, 2014 – 4:30 PM
Greece Odyssey HS Jazz Band – June 26, 2014 – 3:45 PM
Greeece Olympia HS Jazz Band – June 25, 2014 – %:15 PM
Hilton HS Jazz Band – June 20, 2014 – 4?30 PM
Honeoye Falls Lima HS Jazz Band – June 26, 2014 – 5:15 PM
Newark HS Jazz Band – June 22, 2014 – 4:30 PM
Pittsford Mendon HS Jazz Band – June 27, 2014 – 4:30 PM
Pittsford Sutherland HS Jazz Band – June 21, 2-14 5:15 PM
School of the Arts HS Jazz Band – June 28, 2014 – 5:15 PM
Spencerport HS Jazz Band – June 22, 2014 – 5:15 PM
Webster Schroeder HS Jazz Band – June 28, 2014 – 4:30 PM
Webster Thomas HS Jazz Band – June 26, 2014 – 4:30 PM
West Irondequoit HS Jazz Band – June 22, 20144 – 3:45 PM

The line-up of high school jazz bands is impressive. Music students from the greater Rochester area will be able to play alongside seasoned professionals as well as budding artists.

For all of these students, the experience of playing on stage in front of a large audience will create a lasting memory that will remain with them whether they become successful full-time musicians, weekend garage rockers, or choose to never play an instrument again.

Positive experiences such as this instill a sense of pride and accomplishment in those who participate.

These young men and women will begin their journey through adulthood knowing and understanding that they have something to offer the world. They will have experienced the respect of the audience and the joy of making others happy, something no standardized test will ever accomplish.

The 2014 Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival will provide an excellent educational experience for all of the students who take the stage.

Discovering, developing, and directing the gifts and talents of all children provides our world with the joy of the Arts.

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