THE PCT PLEDGE IS THE OFFICIAL PUBLICATION OF
THE PLAINVIEW-OLD BETHPAGE CONGRESS OF TEACHERS
VOL. XXXXII, NO. 5 NOVEMBER 12, 2004
By PCT President Morty
I suspect that most of
you were as depressed as I with the result of the presidential election,
depressed but not surprised. Many
of us realized from the time John Kerry became the Democratic Party nominee
that the primary process had yielded a candidate without broad appeal beyond
the party faithful, a verbose, somewhat condescending, patrician man
constitutionally unable to connect with red-state Americans and completely
unprepared to contend with and counter attack an opponent who launched a
nuclear assault on his character and record.
By the end of the campaign, Kerry was represented and came to be seen as
a weak, ultra-liberal flip-flopper whose patriotism, values and morality were
questionable and whose ability to protect the homeland could not be trusted.
While we hoped Americans would dislike Bush more than they disliked
Kerry, we regretted that we didnít have a candidate with a vision that could
unite Americans by speaking to their
goodness rather than their fears, a candidate
with a moral vision that saw health care as an inalienable right rather
than a commodity, who saw stewardship of the environment as a call of conscience
and who saw patriotism as including concern for the way the rest of the world
sees us. We didnít, and we lost.
We canít give up, however. Demonizing
our fellow citizens who voted for Bush will accomplish nothing but the further
polarization of the American people. What
we must do instead is to work with other progressive forces to find a voice with
which to speak to what I still believe is the essentially good nature of the
American people. Where our
opposition skillfully speaks to our fears and through them to our baser thoughts
and emotions, we must be more skillful, more eloquent, more determined to help
our countrymen see that our best days have always come when we broadened our
freedoms, included more citizens, protected the vulnerable and desired to be
good citizens of the world.
April 2005 - NEA/
April 2006 - NEA/
September 2006 - New Organization
comes into being and governance transition begins - The boards of directors
April to July 2008, Transition
completed. Two organizations are now one.
something that has proven difficult to do in the past. NEA/New York Board of Directors Morty Rosenfeld and Judi Alexanderson will be working
over the months ahead to help to build the necessary support for the merger.
SCHOOL COMMITTEE FORMED
The PCT and the Superintendent have agreed to the composition of a Middle School Committee made up of teachers, parents and administrators and charged with an examination of the districtís middle school program. The committee will be co-chaired by Deputy Superintendent Pat Kriss and PCT Vice-President Vicki Ahlsen. Other PCT members appointed by the Executive Board to the committee are:
The Executive Board also made the following committee appointments at its
SPECIAL ED COMMITTEE
The charge of this committee will be to make policy recommendations to
the PCT Executive Board for improvements to the districtís special education
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Did you know that you can
download and print dental and excess medical claims from the membersí area of
our site? You no longer have to
remember to find your building rep to get a form.
They are available to you at home, at your convenience.
Did you know that you can download and print dental and excess medical claims from the membersí area of our site? You no longer have to remember to find your building rep to get a form. They are available to you at home, at your convenience.
If you havenít visited our
web page lately, you owe it to yourself to do so.
If you havenít visited our web page lately, you owe it to yourself to do so.
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