Next AFT town hall: Public service loan forgivenessMillions of Americans are stepping off a financial cliff. Now is the time to fix the Public Service Loan Forgiveness program, which denied participation to 99 percent of applicants under former Education Secretary Betsy DeVos. It’s also high time to cancel up to $50,000 of student debt and level the playing field for borrowers of color. Join us on Facebook this Tuesday, May 25, at 6:45 p.m. EDT, as a panel of luminaries discusses these issues during our virtual town hall.
Webinar: Bargaining for student debt benefitsStudent loan debt is a major source of economic hardship. Nationwide, student debt tops $1.7 trillion, and a growing share of our members’ pay is consumed by student debt payments. Indebtedness also drives racial inequality, with graduates of color holding a disproportionate share of the total debt. Join us this Tuesday, May 25, 4-5:30 p.m. EDT, to learn how to bargain for tax-free student loan benefits.
NYSUT Tarrytown Regional office is pleased to announce two upcoming Employees’ Retirement System (ERS) webinars to help SRP members plan for retirement. Both webinars cover the same material and are available at the following times:
June 15, 2021 - 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
June 17, 2021 - 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
LEARN MORE & REGISTER HERE
These webinars cover the critical elements involved in pension benefit calculation to maximize benefits. Included will be information about how to know which tier you are in; retirement options; credit for military service; how to look for and request credit for prior service you may have; and how and when to contact NYSLRS. Webinars are suitable for NYSUT members who are members of the Employees’ Retirement System (ERS) and considering retiring within the next five years.
NOTE: This webinar is for all SRPs EXCEPT:
ID Theft Webinars scheduled for 4/14, 4/21 – Register Now!
The number of identity theft cases in the U.S. more than doubled from 2019 to 2020 during the pandemic, according to the Federal Trade Commission. Presented by our endorsed program provider Cambridge Credit Counseling, this one-hour webinar will offer details on what NYSUT members can do to position themselves to best avoid, detect and resolve identity theft.
This presentation will be offered on the following dates/times:
Wednesday, April 14 at 11 a.m.
Wednesday, April 14 at 4 p.m.
Wednesday, April 21 at 11 a.m.
Wednesday, April 21 at 4 p.m.
Click the following link to register for a particular webinar and for more information –
April 9, 2021 – Update Revised COVID -19 School Guidance
The revised guidance can be found at:
NYSTRS Now Offers
Personal Device Consultations for MembersNYSTRS is pleased to announce a new convenient option for our benefits consultations program. Members can now connect to a NYSTRS video consultation using their own personal computer, laptop, tablet or smartphone.
With this new option, members can meet face to face via video with a NYSTRS representative who will discuss their retirement benefits and options, explain the retirement process, and answer any questions they might have. An estimate of the member’s benefits will be provided to them before the consultation (either via their secure MyNYSTRS account or by U.S. mail if they prefer).
Members can schedule a video consultation through the Tools page in their MyNYSTRS account or by calling us at (800) 348-7298, Ext. 6100. Consultations are still also offered by telephone and may be scheduled in the same manner. (In-person meetings are on hold due to the pandemic.)
The poster on the ensuing page is being mailed to school principals. Please ensure it is posted in locations frequented by your staff. An electronic version of this Administrative Bulletin, complete with the poster, is also available on the Employers > Administrative Bulletins page of our website.
Thank you for your assistance in spreading the word about this important service to members.
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The NYSUT Tarrytown Regional Office will be offering certification webinars for teachers and teaching assistants. Staff from NYSUT’s Research and Educational Services Department will present these webinars. The first session will be Registration & CTLE Requirements, scheduled for Monday, March 22 at 4:30PM. The second session is Special Education Certificates and Extensions, taking place Tuesday, March 23 at 4:30PM. Both sessions will last between 90 minutes and 2 hours. You must register to attend. The links for registration are below.
Registration & CTLE Requirements
The State Education Department requires Continuing Teacher and Leader Education (CTLE) for all holders of professional classroom teaching, educational leadership, or Level III teaching assistant certificates. This webinar covers who needs to register and/or complete CTLE hours, what counts as CTLE hours, re-registering with the state, and record-keeping and reporting requirements.
Special Education Certificates and Extensions
This webinar will explain the certification options available to special education teachers or those considering special education.
BOCES are a leading force in bringing education equity to our state’s students. Take action now at the NYSUT Action Center to ask lawmakers to reject the Executive Budget proposal that would replace eleven different aid categories, including BOCES, with the Services Aid block grant! Click mac.nysut.org/jj now!