News Archives 2011
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New Bedford Educators Association


12/16/2011 State Ethics Regulations on Gift Giving & Acceptance
                       Lou's Letter to Members Regarding Gift Giving

12/12/2011    Lou St. John's Letter to the Standard Times regarding Charter Schools
12/12/2011    Global Learning Charter School Enrollment Data


11/30/2011 Overview of the District Turnaround Plan (Focused Planning for Accelerating Student Learning) as presented at the School Committee Meeting on Monday November 28, 2011.      Outline      Presentation


11/17/2011  Thanksgiving dismissal schedule for Wednesday, November 23, 2011

11/17/2011 Dismissal Times – Early Dismissal – Snow Emergencies


11/9/2011   Comments submitted on behalf of the New Bedford Educators Association to the Community Assessment Program / Bureau of Environmental Health / Massachusetts Department of Public Health (CAP/BEH/MDPH) regarding Health Consultation: Evaluation of Indoor Environmental Conditions and Potential Health Impacts, New Bedford High School.

School Committee Candidates (Questionnaires & Videos)

Mayoral Candidates (NBEA Questionnaires & Videos)

Charis Anderson and Jim Phillips discuss educational issues (Video)


9/29/2011  A new documentary about teachers is about to be released in theaters across the United States. Click here for more information.

9/28/2011   The Massachusetts Department of Public Health held a meeting on Sept. 27 to discuss their investigation of cancer incidence and serum PCB levels for the PSWS neighborhood.  Click here to read the full report.  Click here to read the Questions & Answers form that DPH handed out at the meeting.

9/12/2011    Linda Morad's Education Plan
8/31/2011    Tony Cabral's Education Plan
6/21/2011    Jon MItchell's Education Agenda

9/8/2011    Senate to release pension bill

9/8/2011    Update on Stand for Children Ballot Question

9/8/2011    The Education Rountable will be sponsoring a mayoral debate on Wednesday, September 14 from 7:00 - 8:30 p.m. at the New Bedford Whaling Museum. The debate will be moderated by Education Roundtable Chair John Bullard. The panelists asking the questions will be Roundtable members Lee Blake, Denise Porche and Dr. Bruce Rose.

9/8/2011    NBEA's Response to UIA
9/8/2011    United Interfaith Action's Letter to NBEA

The next Public Involvement Plan Meeting for the Parker Street Waste Site
will be on Wednesday, September 21, 2011, 6:00-9:00p.m. at Keith Middle School.

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health will hold two meetings on Sept. 27 to discuss their investigation of cancer incidence and serum PCB levels for the PSWS neighborhood.  The first meeting will be for NBHS staff from 2:30 to 4:00 PM in the Green House cafeteria of NBHS, and will cover their evaluation of the indoor environmental conditions at the high school, including staff health concerns, and the results of staff serum PCB blood testing.  The second meeting will be from 6:00 to 8:00 PM in the Community Room of KMS and is open to the public.

9/7/2011     Parker Street Waste Site - Fact Sheets

New Bedford High School teachers are to report to Keith Middle School on Wednesday, August 31,2011.

The Staff Orientation Day has been rescheduled to Wednesday, August 31,2011.

The voluntary Inter-faith Voices for Youth and Education Worship Service has also been rescheduled to Wednesday, August 31, 2011 (same time and place).

Students start of School schedule for 2011-2012
Staff return schedule for 2011-2012
School calendar 2011-2012

Professional Development Day scheduled for August 30, 2011.

8/24/2011  PARKER STREET WASTE SITE ASSESSMENT & CLEANUP ACTIVITIES

8/19/2011  Campaign for Our Communities
8/19/2011  Reasons to Support Raising revenues for our communities
8/19/2011  Revenue is Needed to Support Our Schools, Colleges and Communities
8/19/2011  Support Public Education and Other Vital Services

8/12/2011  Lou St. John's Letter to United Interfaith Action
8/12/2011  United Interfaith Action's Letter to Lou St. John

6/23/2011  New Bedford school board closes budget gap without teacher layoffs

6/23/2011  10/11 Last Day Schedule for NBPS

6/22/2011  Save Our Schools March & National Call to Action!  to be held on  July 28-31, 2011

13/2011    Comments by New Bedford Educators Association President Louis St. John to the New Bedford School Committee - Regarding New Bedford Public Schools District Review - June 13, 2011   Click here to view the video

6/13/2011    Document Submitted to New Bedford School Committee - Regarding New Bedford Public Schools District Review - June 13, 2011

6/13/2011    Paul Toner, MTA President - Comments at the New Bedford School Committee Meeting - Concerning the DESE report on New Bedford  Public Schools - June 13, 2011                    Click here to view the video

6/13/2011    Letter that DESE sent to the mayor detailing concerns about the contract

6/13/2011    Lang rips state over schools report

6/13/2011    June 2011 response by New Bedford Mayor Scott Lang to critical school report by Mass. Dept. of Elementary and Secondary Education

6/13/2011    New Bedford school system in crisis - Building Better Schools - First in a series

6/13/2011   Standard Times: Education series will expose region to success

6/13/2011    Yesterday's incident of abuse of an American teacher sparks debate about education reform *This editorial contains vulgar language.

6/13/2011   "This crazy ass b***h won't get off my d**k, you c**t" -- a male High School student said to a female teacher in America today *This article contains vulgar language.


6/8/2011   Dock-U-Mentaries series continues at national park

6/6/2011     The NBEA has received notification from the Mass. Department of Public Health that the Department's two health investigation reports will not be released until September, 2011.         Memo to Members  -  Meeting Postponement  Notice 

6/6 2011      New Bedford Whaling NHP debuts new walking tour & calorie map

5/26/2011    New Bedford Public Schools District Review
2009              DESE District Plan for School Intervention (DPSI) Review Report
2005              EQA Technical Report

5/23/2011   Parker Street Waste Site Community Update

5/23/2011  Summary of the April 12th PIP meeting, and some other information about NBHS that the City has released since the PIP meeting.

5/14/2011   Rally for a Better Commonwealth - May 14, 2011

6/21/2011  Jon MItchell's Education Agenda

5/13/2011   MTA Annual Meeting - May 13, 2011

5/11/2011   Why have teachers been made the enemy? by Paula J. Chretien

5/10/2011  Our View: Let's talk, not yell about New Bedford's schools

5/10/2011  Teachers' union draws fire for skipping pilot schools forum

5/5/2011    Exploration Series continues at National Park

5/3/2011     On April 28th, buses carried hundreds of MTA members to the State House.  These members spent the afternoon speaking to your Representatives and Senators advocating for affordable health care and collective bargaining. Click here to view pictures of the event

5/3/2011     Students Who Transferred Into NBPS

5/3/2011    Parker Street Waste Site Community Update

4/28/2011   PCB test results from testing TRC did during Feb. vacation, and a fact sheet summarizing the results. NBHS Indoor Air Fact Sheet    NBHS Indoor Air Results Tables

4/28/2011  Charter School Falls Short of Standards By Chuck Lapre

4/26/2011  Volunteer Day & Cookout at National Park

4/26/2011  National Park Education Committee

4/26/2011  Free Tour guide training at National Park

4/15/2011  Lou St. John's Speech Part 1 & Part 2 - We Are One Rally

4/15/2011  Carol Strupczewski's  Letter to the Standard Times Regarding The Education Roundtable

4/14/2011  ACTION: May 5 Hearing on An Act to Invest in Our Communities.   Flier - May 5 Revenue Committee Hearing   An Act to Invest in Our Communities

4/14/2011  MTA responds to municipal health insurance proposal in House Ways and Means budget
This assault on the collective bargaining rights of municipal employees is unwarranted and unnecessary.

4/8/2011    Dock-U-Mentaries film series at National Park

4/5/2011    New Bedford City Hall  - April 4, 2011 - We Are One Rally  - Pictures

4/4/2011    Lou St. John's message to our community:  Support your teachers. Support all public employees.

4/4/2011    Comments by New Bedford Educators Association President Louis St. John At the We Are One Rally

4/4/2011    New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park Debuts Whales, Tales and Sails  Press Release       Story Hour

4/4/2011    NBPS ASSISTANT SUPERINTENDENT/ASSISTANT TO THE SUPERINTENDENT FOR EQUITY, DIVERSITY AND FAMILY ENGAGEMENT - Job Posting

4/4/2011    NBPS BUSINESS MANAGER - Job Posting

3/31/2011   New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park, located in downtown New
Bedford, will be offering a week of free, fun activities for adults and
children.  Look for a listing of events, including the new Story Hour on
Friday mornings.  For more information, go to the park website at
www.nps.gov/nebe, or call 508-996-4095.  News Release        More Info Doc 1       Hometown Tourist        Story Hour

3/30/2011  Important Update on MHI and Pension Bills

4/12/2010  Parker Street Waste Site - Public Information Plan Meeting (PIP) at Keith Middle School. 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

April 4th rallies in Fall River & New Bedford - The rallies are part of a nationwide day of rallying and solidarity not only to commemorate the 43rd anniversary of the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr (many people don't realize that MLK was in Memphis supporting striking sanitation workers when he was killed), but also to continue to show that we stand in solidarity with workers around the country who are coming under attack by new Republican Governors, State Legislatures, a new Republican House in DC, and their corporate benefactors.   New Bedford    -    Fall River

3/25/2011 Summary of NBEA's meeting with the City, TRC and Superintendent Francis.

3/23/2011 DESE - Highly Qualified - Spring Newsletter

3/22/2011 Update: Educator Evaluation at BESE           MTA President Paul Toner's Remarks

3/22/2011  Please be aware of what is being said about our students, teachers and schools.

3/17/2011 Experienced teachers play important role in New Bedford schools

3/14/2011 Comments by New Bedford Educators Association President Louis St. John to the New Bedford School Committee

3/14/2011   The Coalition for Buzzards Bay is looking for Educational Docents to engage visitors to their new Bay Learning Center in New Bedford. Docents will be provided initial training and ongoing docent enrichment opportunities and will maintain a regular, but light schedule. You don’t need a science background to participate, just a love of New Bedford, Buzzards Bay, and the South Coast. This is a great year-round opportunity for retired educators or summer opportunity for current teachers. Attached is a flyer with more information. Click here for the flyer.

3/8/2011   Unions propose compromise health plan to cut costs
3/8/2011   MTA President Paul Toner’s Comments
Public Employees’ Municipal Health Coalition
3/8/2011   Youtube Video:  MTA President Paul Toner’s Comments
Public Employees’ Municipal Health Coalition

2/28/2011 Pictures of the Rally in Solidarity with Wisconsin Workers

2/28/2011 NEA Complimentary Life Insurance

2/15/2011  Summary of two reports recently posted on the City’s website, concerning NBHS

2/15/2011  Video, which covers many of the issues in the current health care debate, was developed by Boston Benefit Partners for the MTA.

March 2, 2011    The next Public Involvement Plan Meeting for the Parker Street Waste Site
will be on Wednesday, March 2, 2011, 6:00-9:00p.m. at Keith Middle School.

2/4/2011 Looking to Honor One of Own Award - The MTA Retired Members Committee is now accepting nominations for the 2011 Looking to Honor One of Our Own Award. Nominees must be active or retired MTA members. Deadline for nominations is May 1, 2011. The award will be presented at the MTA Retired Gathering on September 27.  Past Honorees       Nomination Form

2/2/2011    Highly Qualified Status -  Mary Ann McKinnon from Bridgewater State University will be available for a Q & A session specifically for those teachers who have been identified and who have concerns about their Highly Qualified status on March 2nd at 4:30 p.m at the Paul Rodrigues Administration Building in room 338.

1/31/2011  Update Info on Governor's Pension Proposal     Pension FAQ

1/31/2011  Notes from the All Presidents Meeting  held on January 8, 2011, to discuss health care issues.

1/31/2011  Online Graduate Courses offered by MTA's Center for Education Policy and Practice

1/26/2011  Parker Street Waste Site Update on EPA Activities

1/26/2011  PIP Meeting Meeting Update

1/19/2011  MTA Legislative and Political Action Teams

1/19/2011   Governor Patrick to propose pension changes

1/18/2011   New Bedford - Parker Street Dump Site-Dioxins Report For New Bedford High School

1/14/2011   Parker Street Waste Site: Update on EPA Activities

1/10/2011  The next PIP Meeting will be on January 19, 2011.  It will take place at Keith Middle School. The meeting starts at 6:00 p.m.

1/4/2011  MTA Proposal  -  Reinventing the Educator Evaluation

Dismissal Times – Early Dismissal – Snow Emergencies
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