Americans public education is in controversy. As public schools across the country struggle for funding, complicated by the impact of poverty and politics, some question the future and effectiveness of public schools in the U.S.

For free-market reformers, private investors and large education corporations, this controversy spells opportunity in turning public schools over to private interests. Education, Inc. examines the free-market and for-profit interests that have been quietly and systematically privatizing America’s public education system under the banner of “school choice.”

Education, Inc. is told through the eyes of parent and filmmaker Brian Malone, as he travels cross-country in search of the answers and sources behind the privatizing of American public education, and what it means for his kids. With striking footage from school protests, raucous school board meetings and interviews with some of the most well known educators in the country, Malone zooms out to paint a clear picture of profit and politics that’s sweeping across the nation, right under our noses.


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Education Tax Credit spells disaster for public education

Good morning, all.

Below is a link to the new NYSUT video on the education tax credit. The video lays out the reasons why this would be devastating for public education with information on what you can do to stop it. Please take a moment to watch if you’re not “in the know” about this proposal and share with anyone and everyone.

Proponents of private and religious education have been pushing HARD for this legislation in the last week or so, most notably the same hedge fund managers who are pro-charter, along with Catholic and Orthodox Jewish groups. The groups have been running TV, radio and internet ads in heavy rotation.

There’s a good chance you’ll see a specific letter or phone-call action day in the next week (the legislative session ends next Wednesday), so keep your eyes peeled.

Thanks for the time and have a good one!

-Bill Ballerine

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RTA Election Results

Thank you all for your nominations and candidacies for Building Representatives for the 2015-2016 school year. The Building Representatives are as follows:

Gracie Taudel
Christine Van Dyke
Ed O’Connor
Mike Tully
Bill Ballerine

Liza Martin
Faith Braut
KC Davan
Lisa Passudetti

Cindy Reisenauer
Renee Dawson

Jen Martini
Debbie Miller

Cherry Lane
Wendy Hock
Cortney Steffans

Mary Roemer
Erin DiFabio

Holly Quinn
Kevin McCarren​

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RTA Celebration & Retirement Dinner Thurs., June 18

Subject: RTA End of Year Celebration & Retirement Dinner
Date: Thursday, June 18, 2015, 6-9pm
Location: Crowne Plaza Hotel, Suffern, NY
Cost: $60 per person
Due: June 12, 2015
Honorees: Sue Kuzmik, Sally Rubin-Richards, Dara Santoro, Bob Wilson
Includes: Cheese and crackers, fresh fruit, appetizer, salad, choice of entrée, dessert, cash bar

Please organize your tables and send payment (checks made out to RTA) and attached form to:
Sarah Kern
Suffern High School Guidance Office
49 Viola Road
Suffern, NY 10901

We hope to see you there!

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