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Rochester Regional Office Correspondence
Revised Proposal from the Rochester Teachers Association to the Rochester City School District, November 29; Rochester Democrat & Chronicle clipping re efforts to reach contract settlement, December 21; Rochester Teachers Association newsletter, The Rochester Teacher, re task force on shared accountability, August 27; U.S. News & World Report article re Rochester contract negotiations, "Blackboard Juggle: Teachers in this urban school system are trying to redefine unionism in an age of reform," December 24; 1990-91 contract analysis items for districts in the NYSUT Rochester Regional Office area, focusing on Excellence In Teaching funds distribution; compilation of case law, "What Constitutes a Strike," by NYSUT counsel Ray Samson, with memo from Jim Conti complimenting his research, December 18; memos re letter from school nurse in the Geneva area, November; draft policy for workplace hazard notification and patient confidentiality, to board of Finger Lakes Regional Occupational Health Program, October 1; memo to Jim Conti from Ray Samson, cautioning re meaning of consultation clauses, October 18; letter to Gov. Mario Cuomo from New York State School Boards Association, New York State Council of School Superintendents, and Association of School Business Officials, with suggestions for addressing the state fiscal crises, including eliminating Excellence In Teaching funding as doing nothing to improve classroom teaching, repealing the Wicks Law, and other measures, with cover memo from Jim Conti to NYSUT president Tom Hobart, December 3; memos re hiring by Newark Central School District of teacher aide for teaching assistant vacancy after teaching assistant applied for the job, September; memo re (third) petition filed by NEA challenging Greece Support Services Employees' Association, November 21; letter to AFT president Al Shanker from Rochester Teachers Association re contract negotiation, with cover letter from Shanker to AFT Executive Council, November 5; memo from president of Rochester Teachers Association (RTA) re Franklin High School receivership, June 11, and related memos and newspaper clippings debating failure of school-based planning, inability to agree on plan to improve dropout rate, academic performance; list of school budgets defeated in district, June 21; tentative agreement, with notice to all RTA teachers to attend ratification meeting on September 24; memo re Greece Support Services Employees Association election challenge by NEA, January 8; memo re entitlement of Newark Paraprofessionals Association to Excellence In Teaching funds, November 12; proposal by WROC-TV (CBS) for jointly funded series highlighting education issues, "Great Expectations," with cover memo from Ray Samson re funding, November 1; Rochester Business Journal list of top 25 highest-paid public officials, almost all school officials; confidential memo re average salary increases in RTA, September 19; memo quoting Blue Cross/Blue Shield rates in Rochester area, July 2; memo from Jim Conti re Eastern New York Occupational Health Program clinic notification protocol, October 15; memo from Jim Conti re Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act amendments of 1989, and implications for NYSUT approach to the Drug-Free Workplace Act, August 14; memo to Jim Conti from Ray Samson re certification of drug and alcohol abuse prevention programs, impact for Dundee Teachers Association, August 9, and related materials; text of law succeeding Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act of 1986, Strengthening and Improvement of Elementary and Secondary Schools (1990); Finance and Legislative News Notes opposing teacher union involvement in negotiating BOCES services, June 5; memo re drug-free workplace policy requirements, July 19; memo to Jim Conti reporting on lackluster annual conference of New York State Public Sector Coalition on Health Benefits, June 27; letter to Ray Samson from teacher at Livingston Stuben Wyoming BOCES, asking for reimbursement from NYSUT for legal fees and review of 3020a case for due process violations, involving interviews with psychiatrists, attached complaint filed with PERB, June 12; letter from president of the Rochester Teachers Association re issue of accountability as part of negotiations, April 6; related newspaper clippings; newspaper clippings re Kodak work force to teach math and science in city schools; newspaper clipping in Rochester Times Union re Kodak, AFT, and others joining coalition advocating for national health insurance, with attached letter to the editor of Washington Post objecting to its mischaracterization of AFT position as supporting a purely market-based approach to health reform, March 14; agenda for 1990 Annual Regional SRP Conference on March 30-31; position statement by New York State School Boards Association on school-based management, with cover memo to Jim Conti, February 20; memo from New York State School Boards Association executive director to school attorneys, announcing that legal services would no longer be provided free of charge, December 18, 1989; memo to Jim Conti informing him that pro-NYSUT incumbent president of Greece Support Services Employees Association won election by large margin, with rest of pro-NYSUT slate winning as well, January 2; Rochester City School District joint statement of intent and agreement with Rochester Teachers Association, "Career in Teaching Plan," c. 1988, and "Guidelines for School-Based Planning 1988-1989"