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The OCTA Advocate is a monthly newsletter available to all OCTA members and contains updates and information relavant and pertinent to the union side of public education. Click on the boxed image to view a recent issue of The Advocate.
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In this EDITION of THE JANUARY 2021 ADVOCATE

CER MUSIC TEACHER IN THE OCTA SPOTLIGHT
How choir happens: singing in the pandemic
NYSUT statement on announcement that state will seek federal testing waiver
Biden Extends Student Loan Freeze
NYS Deferred Compensation Information 
OCTA Scholarship Committee 
The Value Of Being Part of a Union
During Tax Season, Remember: Your Union Won You These Tax Deductions 
NYSUT Member Benefits
Save Money On Your Dental Bills 
Get to know your OCTA Leadership 
What to do if a NYSUT Member dies
Access the OCTA Website for EVEN MORE UNION INFORMATION 

In this EDITION of THE FEBRUARY 2021 ADVOCATE

President's Message
OMS Social Studies Teacher in SPOTLIGHT
Book Deliveries Make Reading Fun
THANK YOU to the Oswego Children's Board
Travel Advisory Reminders
Union Sees Path Forward
Sign Up for March Retirement Seminar
What is a 457 PLAN and Why Might I Want One? 
February OCTA News Blast
AETNA Insurance Concerns Addressed 
What's Up with STATE Testing? 
Teachers Must Report Covid Vaccinations per Governor's Orders
In this Edition of the March 2021 Advocate: 

President's Message
KPS Teacher in the OCTA SPOTLIGHT
Budget / BOE Vote May 18, 2021: Save the DATE 
MISSED the RETIREMENT SEMINAR? HERE’s the INFO!
Want to know more about the NYS Deferred Compensation Plan (AKA 457 PLAN)?
GET INVOLVED! Become our OCSD NYSTRS Delegate! 
March OCTA Newsblast 
OCTA Officer Elections in May!
How to utilize a TA to fill in, if no teacher subs 
MOTHER’S Day Mary Kay Discounts for OCTA members
2021 NYS Assessments and Diploma Requirements
Thinking of Retiring this year? Letter Template HERE!
Women’s History Must Be Amplified! 
In this Edition of the April 2021 Advocate: 

President's Message
Minetto Teaching Assistant in the OCTA SPOTLIGHT
Budget / BOE Vote May 18, 2021: Save the DATE 
GET INVOLVED! Become our OCSD NYSTRS Delegate! 
April OCTA Newsblast 
OCTA Officer Elections in May!
Utilize an in-network Dentist
2021 OCTA Dental Rates
Read the OCTA Resource Guide
How to FREEZE Your Credit
MOTHER’S Day Mary Kay Discounts for OCTA members
Tools To Combat Racism 

In this Edition of the May/June 2021 Advocate: 

President's Message - CONTRACT UPDATE
FACS Teacher in the OCTA SPOTLIGHT
OCTA MAY NEWSBLAST
JEANS WEEK FOR CMOO!
OCTA DENTAL PLAN INFO!
OCTA DENTAL RATES 2021-22
Utilize an in-network Dentist
Why you need to open a 403B account NOW!
NYSUT STATEMENT ON fall reopening 
99% of School Budgets PASS!