First they came for …

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I met today with T and M, a Muslim refugee and a Mexican immigrant respectively. Those traits are important, but T and M are much more than that. They are sons and grandsons. They are geeks and athletes and writers. They are part of my extended family of former students. They are humans with all […]

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Remember and respond

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Last week, a work colleague courageously shared his parents’ story of surviving the Holocaust. Harold Eisenstein, a NYSUT lawyer, told how his father, David, who lived in Pruzana, Poland, was rounded up along with his wife and three children by the Nazis. They were brought to Auschwitz concentration and extermination camp in January of 1943, […]

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Educators to stand up for refugees and immigrants

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Educators in our public schools, colleges and universities are being asked to stand up for the most vulnerable in our communities. On Monday, Jan. 9, educators across the nation will hold an #EducatorsOut Day of Action to protect immigrants, refugees and undocumented students by supporting sanctuary schools and campuses. NYSUT members are encouraged to take the […]

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Sowing the seeds of activism

Left to right: Cicero-North Syracuse students Lydia Herter, Maddy Owens and Shaho Shwani, with NSEA’s Phil Cleary. Photo provided.

PAC coordinator brings students along as political interns North Syracuse EA member Phil Cleary, a NYSUT regional political action coordinator, always marks the holiday season with a legislative breakfast prior to the January opening of the state legislative session. The region’s NYSUT political posse did it again last Saturday with a union-catered breakfast that included […]

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Magee: DeVos would be ‘devastating’ to public ed

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In the litany of developments that have followed in the wake of Election Day, one stands out as particularly onerous to NYSUT members, our students and public education in New York State: the nomination of anti-public school activist Betsy DeVos for the position of secretary of education. NYSUT’s response to the DeVos nomination is in […]

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Marines offer Educator’s Workshop

The US Marines are looking for a few good teachers — for their annual Educator’s Workshop. The workshop, in its 30th year, brings educators from across the nation to the Marine Corps Recruit Depot on Paris Island, S.C., to tour training facilities, speak to recruits and Marine instructors, and gain knowledge about the military that […]

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Vote like their future depends on it — because it does

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I must admit, at this point, I’m experiencing a bit of election fatigue. I’ve listened through three presidential debates, one debate of the candidates for vice president and countless hours of cable news pundits dissecting every single word uttered in said debates. I’ve easily read millions of words of editorial copy regarding the elections — […]

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In defense of teaching

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Michael Mosall, president of the Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake Teachers Association in Saratoga County, was fed up with the teacher bashing that was pervasive in society a few years ago and, unfortunately, still exists in some quarters. To counter the critics and their unfounded myths, Mosall created “In Defense of Teaching,” a research document and Facebook […]

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It’s all about the Supreme Court

(The following was written by NYSUT retiree Linda Ulrich-Hagner for the AFT blog, Schoolhouse Voices.) I’ve always been a history buff on how government works and always encouraged my students to be participants in the political process. My principal used to say: “She thinks she’s teaching social studies.” My teaching discipline was home economics (family […]

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Today’s the day: Register to vote

Melissa Servant. NYSUT Political Action Committee SD 41 and Wallkill TA member with NYSUT-endorsed candidate for NYS Senate Chris Eachus. Photo provided.

The first presidential debate for the 2016 presidential election is now fodder for workplace hallways, social media, college debates, fact checkers and café conversations. The words that will matter the most, however, are the names on the ballot on Nov. 8. Today is National Voter Registration Day. Hundreds of events are taking place in libraries, […]

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