Funding for education at stake again

The American Federation of Teachers is making it easy for you to tell your senator to support education funding.

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NYSUT leaders to Assembly: Restore higher ed funding

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NYSUT’s higher education leaders Tuesday cast the plight of New York’s public colleges and universities in terms usually reserved for natural disasters as they described the effects of years of systematic budget cuts on SUNY, CUNY and the community colleges.

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Urgent: Erie librarians need your support

In what librarian union president Tim Galvin calls “a severe blow,” the Republican members of the Erie County Legislature held an unexpected press conference on Sunday morning to announce withdrawal of their support for full restoration of funding to public libraries. They said they would support $3 million in restored funding, not the $4 million […]

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Rochester schools only want written questions

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While a number of parents, students and teachers braved record snows and wind to attend meetings about school closings in Rochester, you won’t see their faces or hear their voices asking their questions. Why? Because people had to write out their questions. The Rochester school district has a chief communications officer, Tom Petronio, who read […]

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Coxsackie-Athens students moved by human rights webcast

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Students at Coxsackie-Athens High School in rural Greene County were particularly moved Friday – some near tears – when they heard 16-year-old Jessica Rios talk about her life as a migrant farm worker. “Is this what my life will always be like?” she muses in The Harvest, a new documentary by filmmaker U.Roberto Romano that […]

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PHOTOS: Speak Truth to Power webcast

Today’s celebration of International Human Rights Day and the launch of the new Speak Truth to Power human rights curriculum came to classrooms across New York live from Chestnut Ridge Middle School in Spring Valley, New York.

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Lucas Benitez arrives in NY for today’s human rights webcast

Lucas Benitez flew in to Westchester airport yesterday afternoon, bundled up for New York’s frigid weather and noting that it was, remarkably, 38 degrees in Florida: not enough to imperil the tomato crop but still unseasonably cold. At dinner with teachers and fellow unionists he told of a great gain, recently inked, for Immokalee Workers, […]

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Retired teachers look to fill Cathie Black’s shoes at Hearst

Cathie Black, a publishing executive for Hearst Magazines, was recently appointed Chancellor of the New York City schools. The state granted her a waiver last week to bypass a requirement that chancellors have credentials as educators. Citing her lack of experience in education, several retired teachers protested at the Hearst Tower to demand to be […]

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Businesses raising millions to “blunt influence of public-sector unions.”

So did anybody else miss the Wall Street Journal article on Dec. 1? It said that business leaders and civic groups are planning to raise millions of dollars “to create a counterweight to education, health-care and municipal unions, whose vast lobbying budgets, disciplined tactics and members willing to appear at rallies have helped ward off […]

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Keeping ‘Generation Mobile’ safe and healthy

The Generation Mobile forum goes live online Dec. 14 to provide tools and resources to parents and kids for the safe and responsible use of mobile phones.

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