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  • The Beacon: What's Next?

    01.29.2018/General News
    When you reflect on the last few years, it has been one long fight trying to preserve our system. Public education is again under attack and we need to stay vigilant. Together we defeated a reopening of the NYS Constitution through a vote in November. Now public education; specifically unions is...
  • Have a Joyous Holiday Season BTA

    A message from President Wayne White    The Holidays are one of the greatest times of the year. When you get to spend much deserved time off with loved ones opening gifts during Hanukkah or on Christmas morning. Please find a moment to slow down, sit back and take it in. This is the life that we...
  • L.I. Teachers Holiday Ad Campaign: Consider Becoming a Teacher!

    12.21.2017/General News
    The holiday season is upon us and believe it or not this is also the college application season. A teacher shortage is upon us and school districts across Long Island will be looking to hire a highly qualified, diverse staff to meet demand. So high school seniors, enjoy the holidays, volunteer when...
  • Janus v. AFSCME Looms as the next Battle for Teacher Unions

    12.21.2017/Political Action
    Levittown United Teacher's Joe Romano provides an insight into the Janus v AFSCME case In March of 2016, the United States Supreme Court rendered a split 4-4 ruling in Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association. The plaintiff, in that case, was asking the court to find that employees...
  • Happy Thanksgiving Bellport

    We are now entering into the season of thanks. On Thursday, families will come together to give thanks for the many gifts and bounties they have received over the past year. This year, we are giving thanks for you, the membership. I can truly say that I am lucky to represent such a wonderful group...
  • Vote NO on a Constitutional Convention

    11.07.2017/Political Action
    A Multi-Million Dollar Boondoggle In 1967, the last “Politicians’ Convention” held in New York cost taxpayers tens of millions of dollars. Fifty years later, the price tag is estimated to be in the hundreds of millions. That’s an awful lot of money to spend on an exclusive party for New York...
  • Flip the Ballot Over and Vote No

    11.06.2017/General News
    */ When you go to vote, you will need to flip your ballot over to vote on Proposition 1. Once you flip your ballot, fill in the "No" box. Click here to download the sample ballot. 
  • Vote NO on Prop One Talking Points

    11.06.2017/General News
    */ Here are some talking points on why you should Vote NO to Prop One, the Constitutional Convention. Click here and here to download the flyers.
  • Vote NO to a Constitutional Convention

    On Tuesday, November 7, voters from across New York State will head to the polls to decide whether New York should hold a Constitutional Convention. The BTA, along with many other unions throughout the state, is asking all of our members to go to the polls and Vote No. A convention would allow the...
  • No Con Con Long Island Teachers Ad

    11.03.2017/General News
    */ Listen here to hear the Long Island Teachers radio advertisement reminding you to Vote NO to a Constitutional Convention on Tuesday, November 7th.  Listen: 
  • Fall Issue of the Beacon Lite: Next Chapter

    10.27.2017/General News
    As we begin another chapter in our educational careers, it seems that it must have had the longest prologue ever. Our history has been long and complicated. We have made great strides in public education and we are fearful that we will begin to take steps back. This year we are starting off with a...
  • Teacher Appreciation Night with the LI Ducks

    On Friday, September 8th Long Island Teachers will be sponsoring Back to School Night/Teacher Appreciation Night with the Long Island Ducks. The event will include on field activities, a Long Island Teachers Notebook giveaway and discounted tickets. Below I have included information on how to sign...
  • FPL Update

    I hope you all are enjoying your summer. This happens to be a different working summer for me as I am enjoying my newborn son who entered the world earlier this month! Now I understand how sleep becomes a rare commodity, so forgive for any mistakes made in this message from my exhaustion. As our...
  • Reminder: Fill out the Healthcare Survey Today

    Please take a few minutes to complete the health survey Health Survey (even if you are not ill). Also, please make all efforts to attend the Board of Ed meeting this Wednesday the 26th at the Bellport High School at 7:30 pm to support our members at Frank P Long and please wear your BTA shirts.
  • Fill out the Healthcare Survey Today

    South Country School District will be having an emergency school board meeting very soon, where BTA will be making a presentation about our health benefits. To get a better idea of some of the health related issues that our members face, I have created a quick survey to poll the members.  Since...
  • The Beacon Lite: Hello Summer!

    07.10.2017/General News
    Hello Summer! We are all excited it is here. Time to spend with friends and family. It is a time to rest mentally and physically from another year.   Though it is a time to rejuvenate it is also a time for reflection. As teachers, we constantly reflect on our year. We think of what we did well and...