Vote "Yes" on the Bond/Mill Levy

During the December Fed Rep Council meeting, Fed Reps unanimously voted for our union to support a “yes” vote on the Bond/Mill Levy election happening on Tuesday, February 5. Ballots were mailed to voter’s homes on January 8. This will be a mail-in ballot only, so returning your vote promptly is critical.

​As a result of the ATF resolution, our union has been contacted about what a "yes" vote would mean for our schools.

A “yes” vote would allow our schools to:

  • Renovate dated buildings, including roofing, air conditioning, heating, and electrical systems.
  • Upgrade school security & classroom technology.
  • Purchase educational equipment related to physical education, libraries, vocational education, music, fine arts & science labs.

Voting “yes” will raise taxes by about 4.7% of your total property tax bill. On a house that costs $220,000, that comes out to an increase of about $.41 cents a day, or about $12.22 a month.

Here are the major functions this election will pay for over 6 years​:

  • ​School Security & Safety for all Schools, teachers & Students - $20 Million
  • Student & Teacher Technology - $150 million
  • School Student & Teacher Educational Furniture - $8 million
  • School Music/Fine Arts Instruments & Equipment for all Schools - $7.3 Million
  • School Physical Education Equipment for all Schools - $4.81 million
  • Library Materials, printing & Equipment - $4.5 million
  • School Science Equipment - $1.8 million
  • School Vocational Education Equipment (CTE) - $1.5 million
  • School Improvement funds (Discretionary individual school educational equipment/Supplies or ‘SIP’) - $12.3 million
  • School Design & Construction (rebuilding old schools) - $553 million
  • School Facility Maintenance – $94 million

​Click here to see if your school is on the list of proposed projects!

​APS hasn’t asked for a tax increase in over 12 years! As educators, we know first-hand that our schools are in desperate need of repair and revitalization. Our working conditions are students’ learning conditions.​

The County Clerk must have your ballot in-hand by 7pm on Tuesday, February 5!

If you do not receive your ballot, call the County Clerk at 468-1291. For more information, visit ABQschoolvote.org.


ATF President Ellen Bernstein Hits it Out of the PARCC

ICYMI: Last week, ATF President Ellen Bernstein sat down with KOB4 to talk about the elimination of the PARCC test and what that means for students and educators. Click the photo to watch the interview!


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Dial-a-Teacher Featured on KOB4

Dial-a-Teacher program aims to help students, parents with homework

 

https://www.kob.com/new-mexico-news/dial-a-teacher-program-helps-students-with-homework/5137872/

 

Emily Jaceks for KOB4
November 08, 2018 07:51 AM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - For a handful of local teachers, the school day isn't over when the last bell rings. They're working the phones every night, helping students in every grade and every subject struggling with their homework.

“We even have some CNM and UNM students calling in who have used it since they were in elementary school, so they are keeping us as a resource,” says Oscar Maldonado, Director for Dial-A-Teacher.

People from all over can use the service.

“We’ve got calls as far away as New York City, Tampa, Florida, Tennessee because we are open at a time when most things down there are closed,” Maldonado said.

And it’s not just students. Maldonado said as the curriculum gets tougher, parents stumped by their children's homework need a helping hand as well.

“Because I know a lot of times, even with the new programs, it’s the way things are structured and worded that can be difficult for parents to understand. And we have people on staff that are trained in these programs to help,” Maldonado said.

It's all with the goal of student achievement, creating those a-ha moments, so students don't fall through the cracks.

“We know that our classrooms tend to be large. in high school they’re between 34 and 40, that's pretty common. but when they call, they can call us one-on-one and we can focus on the one student and identify where those gaps might be,” Maldonado said.

Putting them on the right track to success, and a lifetime of achievement.

If you need homework help, it's available Monday through Friday and it's completely free. Just call 344-3571


Teach the Election

The 2018 election season has already proven to be interesting, with turnout on the rise in primaries and first-time women candidates defeating incumbents across the political spectrum. Share My Lesson has free K-12 lessons, activities, blogs and webinars to help you educate our youth on this precious tradition. Additional topics include fostering civil discourse, fighting fake news, voting rights and debate ideas to keep your students informed and engaged. Check out the AFT Share My Lesson Election Collection Lesson Plans

See what the American Federation of Teachers is doing this election season: www.aft.org/action

Also check out an interactive map to explore work life, school funding, legislative and election issues in your state: www.aft.org/electionsmatter

 


AFT President Randi Weingarten Leads Hundreds to Polls

Last weekend, our union was fortunate to have our national President, Randi Weingarten, lead a solidarity rally and march to the polls. Randi, alongside our local presidents Stephanie Ly (AFT NM) and Ellen Bernstein (ATF) spoke to a crowd made up of hundreds of educators and members of our labor family. Local elected officials and AFT/AFT NM/ ATF endorsed candidates, including Albuquerque Mayor Tim Keller, and candidates Martin Heinrich (U.S. Senate), Deb Haaland (CD 1) and Michelle Lujan Grisham (Governor) revved up the crowed before a mile-long march to the polls to early vote.

“As early vote kicks off in New Mexico, we’re talking to educators, nurses and working families who want elected officials to share our values, and help enable opportunity, good schools, living wages, and affordable healthcare. That is why we are turning out for Michelle Lujan Grisham, Martin Heinrich, Debra Haaland, and other champions of public education. We’ve seen the damage caused by an austerity agenda here — to fix it, we’re going to elect leaders who will work with educators and parents, not against them. Members of AFT New Mexico are putting in the work to put the right people in office: Hitting the doors and the phones and talking to their neighbors about the critical school, library and bus funding initiatives that will improve the lives of every New Mexican,” said Weingarten.

“New Mexicans have a historic opportunity this November to reject and replace the failed policies of the last eight years. We know New Mexicans – in particular public educators and all working New Mexicans – have been harmed by decisions made on the Fourth Floor in Santa Fe. Today’s action is about standing up and using our voices collectively to demand change that benefits all New Mexicans and then using our votes to secure change at the ballot box. To put it plainly, New Mexicans can’t endure another four years of Susana Martinez-style leadership, and today we took a stand to reject her legacy,” said Ly, Chavez, and Bernstein.

“There’s isn’t a group of New Mexicans more aware of what’s at stake this election than our teachers and our brothers and sisters in labor,” said Marg Elliston, Democratic Party Chair of New Mexico. “Today’s march demonstrated that the hard-working people of our state are engaged and motivated to get to the voting booth to support the Democratic leaders they know will stand up for the issues that matter. We are proud to stand in solidarity with New Mexico teachers and organized labor and will continue to fight to empower them in their cause.”

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National Center on Teacher Quality: Research or Propaganda?

Recently, the National Center on Teacher Quality (NCTQ) released a report praising New Mexico’s teacher evaluation system for “getting results.” While the headline is attention grabbing- you should know who National Center on Teacher Quality is. A quick online search will lead you to their board of directors and financial backers.

Notably, NCTQ is funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Thomas B. Fordham Foundation, the Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation, the Exxon Mobil Corporation, and the Walton Family Foundation. To nobody’s surprise, the board of directors of the NCTQ are largely made up of individuals who subscribe to the same ideological agenda as their financial backers. Almost every board member describes their contribution to education by the amount of money they have accrued, their lofty titles running for-profit corporations, or their efforts in busting teacher unions either directly or through their “research.”

Chester E. Finn Jr., a board member of NCTQ, has a distinguished career of being a research fellow at two far-right think tanks called the Hoover Institution and the Hudson Institution. He has worked along-side the likes of Trump cabinet member James Mattis, and G.W. Bush cabinet member Condoleezza Rice.

Kate Walsh, the current President of NCTQ, was previously criticized by Linda Darling-Hammond for misrepresentations Walsh made in her research and generally poor scholarship. Additionally, US Department of Education grants for which she was a beneficiary were also called into question by the US Inspector General for improper activities.

The “report” that NCTQ released is a mere reflection of their political agenda. Consider NCTQ’s praise of the Denver and Washington DC Public Schools’ evaluation systems, which were found by the Economic Policy Institute to allow school districts to eliminate job security, fire individuals based on test scores and eliminate creativity and innovation in education. Those systems were also noted to assume that their work force is largely failing and incompetent.

So, why exactly does the NCTQ promote these deceitful evaluation systems? The answer is simple: to reduce or eliminate job security for working class educators, and make public schools more closely resemble for-profit corporations.

A quote attributed to Confucius states that, “The beginning of wisdom is to call things by their proper names” and we have no problem calling NCTQ by theirs: propaganda.


Early Voting Information & AFT/ AFT NM/ ATF Endorsed Candidates


-Click here to download this flyer-


Early Voting Information (Sat. Oct 20-Sat. Nov. 3, 2018):

98th & Central - 120 98th St NW Suite B101 & B102

Begins Saturday, October 20, 2018 ends Saturday, November 3, 2018

Monday - Saturday 8 a.m. - 8 p.m.

Alameda West - 10131 Coors Blvd. NW Suite C-02

Begins Saturday, October 20, 2018 ends Saturday, November 3, 2018

Monday - Saturday 8 a.m. - 8 p.m.

Bernalillo County Visitor Center - 6080 Isleta Blvd. SW

Begins Saturday, October 20, 2018 ends Saturday, November 3, 2018

Monday - Saturday 8 a.m. - 8 p.m.

Caracol Plaza - 12500 Montgomery NE Suite 101

Begins Saturday, October 20, 2018 ends Saturday, November 3, 2018

Monday - Saturday 8 a.m. - 8 p.m.

Central Mercado - 301 San Pedro Dr. SE Suites B, C, D and E

Begins Saturday, October 20, 2018 ends Saturday, November 3, 2018

Monday - Saturday 8 a.m. - 8 p.m.

Clerk’s Annex - 1500 Lomas A NW

Begins Tuesday, October 9, 2018 ends Saturday, November 3, 2018

Monday - Saturday 8 a.m. - 8 p.m.

Daskalos Center - 5339 Menaul Blvd NE

Begins Saturday, October 20, 2018 ends Saturday, November 3, 2018

Monday - Saturday 8 a.m. - 8 p.m.

Desiderio Community Center - 117 Tribal Rd. 7036 To'Hajiilee

Begins Saturday, October 20, 2018 ends Saturday, November 3, 2018

Tuesday - Saturday 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Four Hills Shopping Center - 13140 Central Ave SE Suite 1420

Begins Saturday, October 20, 2018 ends Saturday, November 3, 2018

Monday - Saturday 8 a.m. - 8 p.m.

Holly Plaza Shopping Center - 6500 Holly NE Suite A6

Begins Saturday, October 20, 2018 ends Saturday, November 3, 2018

Monday - Saturday 8 a.m. - 8 p.m.

Isleta Elderly Center Building - 79 Tribal Road 40, Isleta, NM

Begins Saturday, October 20, 2018 ends Saturday, November 3, 2018

Tuesday - Saturday 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Los Altos Center - 4200 Wyoming NE Suite B-2

Begins Saturday, October 20, 2018 ends Saturday, November 3, 2018

Monday - Saturday 8 a.m. - 8 p.m.

Los Ranchos Villa - 6601 4th St NW Suites E & F

Begins Saturday, October 20, 2018 ends Saturday, November 3, 2018

Monday - Saturday 8 a.m. - 8 p.m.

Petroglyph Plaza - 8201 Golf Course Rd NW Suite D1

Begins Saturday, October 20, 2018 ends Saturday, November 3, 2018

Monday - Saturday 8 a.m. - 8 p.m.

South Valley Multipurpose Senior Center - 2008 Larrazolo SW

Begins Saturday, October 20, 2018 ends Saturday, November 3, 2018

Monday - Saturday 8 a.m. - 8 p.m.

The Shoppes at 6001 San Mateo - 6001 San Mateo NE Suite B3

Begins Saturday, October 20, 2018 ends Saturday, November 3, 2018

Monday - Saturday 8 a.m. - 8 p.m.

Tijeras City Hall - 12 Camino Municipal, Tijeras, NM 87059

Begins Saturday, October 20, 2018 ends Saturday, November 3, 2018

Monday - Saturday 8 a.m. - 8 p.m.

University of New Mexico - Student Union Building, Lobo A&B

Begins Saturday, October 20, 2018 ends Saturday, November 3, 2018

Monday - Saturday 8 a.m. - 8 p.m.

West Bluff - 5201 Ouray NW Suite D-2

Begins Saturday, October 20, 2018 ends Saturday, November 3, 2018

Monday - Saturday 8 a.m. - 8 p.m.

 

MOBILE VOTING UNIT LOCATIONS

(See individual dates and locations. 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.)

October 20, 2018 Saturday: Three Fountains - 2208 Lester Dr NE, 87122

October 22, 2018 Monday: Palmilla Senior Living - 10301 Golf Course Rd NW, 87114

October 23, 2018 Tuesday: La Vida Llena - 10501 Lagrima De Oro NE, 87111

October 24, 2018 Wednesday: Las Palomas Center - 8100 Palomas NE, 87109

October 25, 2018 Thursday: Princeton Place - 500 Louisiana Blvd NE, 87108

October 26, 2018 Friday: Paloma Landing - 8301 Palomas Avenue NE. 87109

October 27, 2018 Saturday: The Village at Alameda - 8810 Horizon Blvd. NE, 87113

October 29, 2018 Monday: Atria Senior Living - 1620 Indian School Rd NE, 87102

October 30, 2018 Tuesday: The Rio at Las Estancias - 3620 Las Estancias Dr SW, 87105

October 31, 2018 Wednesday: Whispering Pines (Senior Center) - 6 Lark Road, Tijeras, NM 87059

November 01, 2018 Thursday: Civic Plaza (3rd and Marquette)- 1 One Civic Plz NW, 87102

November 02, 2018 Friday: Village of Los Ranchos - 6718 Rio Grande Blvd NW, 87107

November 03, 2018 Saturday: New Mexico Veterans Memorial Park - 1100 Louisiana Blvd SE, 87108


Special Education Caseload Overages

For years, Special Education teachers in our District have stepped up to help with the teacher shortage. While we know that having more teachers would be an ideal situation, we want you to be aware that, for now, you can be compensated for the additional work associated with caseload overages.

Recently, we have received many questions from Special Education teachers about this issue. We wanted to give you some background as well as information on how to receive compensation for your time.

Click here to see the informational flyer.
Click here for APS Time Sheets
Click here for Additional Compensation Forms