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ParaScope: Paraprofessionals Chapter Newsletter

February 2020
Learn about the Census, this year's ParaFest and our chapter's rights and responsibilities.

February 2019
Paraprofessional Chapter Leader Shelvy Young-Abram answers questions about the contract and discusses events marking our chapter's 50th anniversary.

May 2018
Read about union action in the wake of the Supreme Court's Janus decision, plus union events, members' accomplishments and more.

June 2017
Paraprofessional Chapter Leader Shelvy Young-Abram addresses battling U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, union events, certification issues and more.

December 2016
Read about the presidential election results, the lead teacher assistant position and more.

June 2016
Find out about the new lead para title, help for paras becoming teachers, change in certification for Level III paras, the Open Market Transfer and more.

Spring 2016
This year, we’ve had some exciting things happen. We celebrated our schools and the work of many outstanding paraprofessionals. We told state lawmakers in Albany about the issues facing our students and educators. We fought for our profession and our students.

Fall 2015
Information about excessing, release time and the paraprofessional awards luncheon.

Spring 2015
Information about responsibilities of paraprofessional representatives, reporting safety and discipline incidents, Level III teaching assistant certification and our annual Parafest luncheon and para spotlight.

Fall 2014
Important information about certification.

Spring 2014
Important information on the proposed new contract.

Fall 2013
Information about the upcoming mayoral election, who to contact, the new teacher evaluation system, annual Paraprofessionals Festival and Awards Luncheon.

Winter 2012
Information about grievance win on time clocks, new online title application process, new childcare subsidies, professional development and new SubCentral.

Spring 2011
Information about para representatives, COPE, and the Open Market Transfer system.

Winter 2011
Information about the Raise the Bar campaign, knowing your rights about arrests, and what to do if you suspect bedbugs at school.

Summer 2010
Information about reporting school incidents and accessing your electronic pay stubs.

Winter 2010
Information about reporting special ed violations, your rights when investigators come to your school, legal representation, traveling with students and working out of title.