No cap on how bad tax caps hurt students futures.

Here’s a link to a great write-up about NYSUT’s efforts to fight the tax cap. Thanks NEA! One thing they left out. It’s really a 0 percent cap for those districts that don’t pass a budget. Here’s a link to a Southern Tier report about budgets that would have failed if a tax cap were […]

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One example of going above and beyond

If anybody knows examples of union members going beyond the call of duty, it’s the treasurer. Jon Hickey serves as treasurer for the Rochester Teachers Association, which has had its hands full with a former Superintendent and now with proposed layoffs of nearly 700 district employees, more than 400 of them teachers. With a lot […]

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Millionaire’s tax — why it’s needed

Albany Times Union Editor Rex Smith wrote a great column in Sunday’s paper detailing why a millionaire’s tax would provide a fairer and more equitable tax rate for middle class tax payers. Read an excerpt below: If the decision about the property tax cap was about fairness for taxpayers, the next fight may be defined […]

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Vets stand up for Social Security

Though Memorial Day weekend 2011 is over, we should continue to reflect on its true meaning and on those it honors. One way to do that is to support the work of the AFL-CIO Unions Veterans Council. The Council has joined several members of Congress and eight other veterans’ organizations to promote the Strengthen Social […]

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Much to do Tuesday

Many of you didn’t get to leave a message over the holiday weekend. Phone lines are open again. Please call the state AFL-CIO hotline at  1 (877) 255-9417. You will get to choose to speak with your Senator, Assembly member or Governor Cuomo’s office. Do all three. Tell them to vote NO on the most […]

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Stop anonymous attacks on school budgets

Earlier this month, Albany city taxpayers started getting large postcards telling people to vote no on the city school budget. Then came phone calls. No one knew who was behind it until the Albany Times-Union found out who funded the postcards. It was linked to the Brighter Choice Foundation and here’s some observations about that. […]

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Remember veterans, but don’t forget children

Commencement speeches come and go. This one by Linda Darling-Hammond is sure making the rounds. It’s interesting that she titled it “The Service of Democractic Education.” One line that chills me is “We live in a nation that is on the verge of forgetting its children” and she follows it up with lots of statistics […]

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NYSUT members honor fallen workers

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Memorial Day is about fallen soldiers. The labor movement does much to honor military workers. Perhaps the most is advocating that they receive a decent wage. At last month’s Workers Memorial Day observance at NYSUT, we paid special tribute to two soldiers from the Capital Region, David T. Miller of Wilton and Benjamin D. Osborn […]

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Thank veterans in a truly meaningful way

Yes the unofficial start to summer is here. Once I joined Brownies, this weekend meant a weekend of service. Both Saturday and Sunday my friends and I trudged four blocks up to the top of 9th Street hill in Hudson, Wi. (Saturday was for the “old” cemetery on the west side of the street and […]

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Take heart: The message is getting out

The excellent points made by eight New York Teachers of the Year, detailing the many flaws in the Regents’ vote to potentially double the weight of standardized tests in teacher evaluations, is garnering national attention.  First, renowned education researcher Diane Ravitch tweeted it, and now Washington Post education blogger Valerie Strauss is circulating the letter. Read it here: […]

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