CAS Sponsors Financial Literacy Workshop at the Huntington Hilton
On November 16th CAS sponsored another well-attended and informative after school workshop focused on Financial Literacy and Retirement Planning entitled “Will I be Ready and Able to Retire as Planned?” at the Long Island Huntington Hilton Hotel in Melville. Andrew Buttelman, from the Legend Group, along with guest speaker David Daly provided over 40 CAS members present with valuable information about their New York State Teachers Retirement System (NYSTRS) pension benefits, long-term financial planning and Social Security. David Daly was the New York Teachers Retirement system spokesperson and the Coordinator of Pre-Retirement Planning for many years and is a well-respected expert on the NYS pension system. Topics discussed included; choosing a retirement option; understanding your in-service death benefit, prior service and out of state service; unused sick days; employer-sponsored non-elective and elective 403(B) plans; understanding all pension tiers and member benefit calculations. The program ran from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. with refreshments served and many members remaining afterward to ask Andrew and David individual questions.
CAS will continue to sponsor Financial Literacy workshops for our members focused on Retirement and College Planning, Social Security and tax shelter programs commonly offered by school districts to administrative employees such as the Roth IRA, various 403(B) and 457 plans.
Members unable to attend this workshop who wish to find out more about college and retirement planning may contact Andrew Buttelman directly at:
The Legend Group
640 Johnson Ave, Suite 204
Bohemia, NY 11716
CAS Lawyers Conduct APPR Workshops
CAS attorneys Brad Stuhler and Michael Starvaggi recently conducted a series of informative workshops for unit presidents and executive board members over a two day period centered on the New APPR regulations. The first workshop was held after school on September 16th at the CAS Office in Hauppauge with two more workshops presented in the morning and afternoon on Thursday September 17th at the nearby Holiday Inn Express. The attorneys provided legal guidance for upcoming negotiations and fielded important questions from the participants. The attorneys also provided helpful suggestions to enhance local unit visibility and identity within their school communities. All in all, the over 75 CAS local unit presidents and executive board members who attended the workshops left with helpful guidance and sample plans for the upcoming APPR negotiations as well as practical suggestions for strengthening unit effectiveness.
Workshop materials were later sent to CAS unit presidents who were unable to attend. If you would like an additional copy of the “New APPR: Where do we go from here?” or a copy of the “Topics of Concern for Unit Presidents and Local Units”, please contact our office manager, Demetria Marino, at firstname.lastname@example.org and she will be happy to provide you with them.
CAS SPONSORS CONFERENCE ON PART 154 – THE NEW BI-LINGUAL EDUCATION REGULATIONS
On Tuesday, March 10th, nearly 100 Long Island school administrators responsible for implementing the new Commissioner’s Regulations – Part 154 for Bi-lingual and ELL Programs had the opportunity to spend two hours with Ms. Angelica Infante, New York State Associate Commissioner for Bi-Lingual Education and World Languages. Ms. Infante is the Associate Commissioner of Education charged with overseeing the implementation of these new regulations at the local level when they become effective in September 2015.
Ms. Infante was welcomed to Long Island by CAS President, Tony Laurino, who noted this conference was a follow-up to the CAS Fall Conference on Part 154 that included a panel discussion with local service providers, NYS Regent Roger Tilles and Senator John Flanagan, Chairman of the NYS Senate Education Committee. The program was moderated and facilitated by CAS Treasurer, John Nocero who coordinated questions previously submitted by CAS members on-line. Ms. Infante presented an overview of the regulations with a recently revised PowerPoint presentation that provided additional information and program guidance for those in attendance. At times she stressed that providing English Language Learners equal access to all school programs and services is a civil rights issue that must be followed in each school district. She spoke passionately spoke about the need for instructional shifts and the need to schedule differently while emphasizing that all teachers are teachers of English Language Learners and therefore equally responsible for their educational growth and development.
Ms. Infante reviewed the updated “Blueprint for ELL Success” that may be found on the Engage.ny website and briefly reviewed the following tenets of the Part 154 CR’s:
- New ELL identification process
- District responsibilities for initial entry, re-entry and exit criteria, using NYSITELL and NYSELAT
- Identification of ELL students with disabilities
- Parent notification, information and orientation meetings
- Student placement and due process for parents
- New Bilingual and ELL Program Requirements and provision of programs, including Bilingual education or English as a New Language program; impact of enrollments of 20 or more English Language Learners in same grade level and same home language other than English
- Grade levels and program continuity
- Support and Transition
- Professional development of staff
- District Reporting of English Language Learners enrolled in ELL programs
- Certification, including bilingual extensions – additional SED information will be published soon
The program attendees remained concerned about funding, but as the State Education Budget is currently being negotiated, that area was not addressed. Ms. Infante stated that the official release of additional guidelines scheduled for later in March may provide additional guidance and programming suggestions that may be helpful complying fully with these new regulations.
It was apparent from the depth and quality of the questions and the often thoughtful answers provided that many administrators appreciated the opportunity to interact with Ms. Infante and to discuss individual concerns at the conclusion of the program.
Left to Right: CAS Executive Vice President, Skip Voorneveld; Ms. Angelica Infante, New York State Associate Commissioner for Bi-Lingual Education and World Languages; CAS President, Tony Laurino and CAS Treasurer, John Nocero
Click on link to visit videos of this workshop: CAS Conference on Part 154
CAS Conference on Part 154 (2nd Video): CAS Conference on Part 154 2nd Video
CAS Conference on Part 154 (3rd Video): CAS Conference on Part 154 3rd Video
CAS Conference on Part 154 (4th Video): CAS Conference on Part 154 4th Video
CAS Conference on Part 154 (5th Video): CAS Conference on Part 154 5th Video
CAS Conference on Part 154 (Questions): CAS Conference on Part 154 Questions
CAS Sponsors Financial Literacy Workshops
On November 12th CAS sponsored a well-attended and informative workshop on Financial Literacy at the Holiday Inn Express just off the LIE in Hauppauge. Andrew Buttelman, from the Legend Group, invited David Daley as a guest speaker to present CAS members with a good deal of important information about their New York State Teachers Retirement System (NYSTRS) pension benefits. David was the New York Teachers Retirement system spokesperson and the Coordinator of Pre-Retirement Planning for many years and is a well-respected expert on the NYS pension system. Topics included; choosing a retirement option; prior service and out of state service; unused sick days; employer sponsored non-elective and elective 403(B) plans; understanding all pension tiers and member benefit calculations. The program ran from 5:00 p.m. until 6:30 p.m. with refreshments served and many members remaining afterwards to ask individual questions.
CAS will sponsor a second workshop on November 18th that will be held at the Four Points-Sheraton located at 333 South Service Road, Plainview. For additional information, please call the CAS Office at 631-761-5451 or check out CAS website link to our events at http://casliny.com/events/upcoming-events/.
Throughout the school year CAS sponsors Regional Network Meetings and Professional Development programs that focus on topics important to our members, like the 2% Tax Cap, APPR, School Safety and DASA. Legal workshops presented by our Attorneys focusing on new administrators, negotiations and collective bargaining are regularly held in a central Long Island location providing easy access for our members.
On October 15, 2014 well over a hundred school administrators from Long Island participated in a lively panel discussion of the new Part 154 Commissioner’s Regulations outlining services for pupils with Limited English Proficiency beginning in the 2015-16 school year.
The panel was moderated by CAS Vice-president, John Nocero and the panelists were Roger Tilles, NYSED Regent for Long Island; Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District), Chairman of the NYS Senate Education Committee; Dr. James Grossane, Superintendent of the Smithtown School District; and Stephanie MacIntosh, Administrator for Federal Funds, Research and Development and Supervisor of ESL in the Sachem School District.
Here is the webinar of CAS Panel Discussion on new ESL Regulations – October 15, 2014
You can access documents on links below:
New CR154 Overview
New ELL Recommendations with Public Comments
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