Getting out the vote in western New York

Labor got out in force over the weekend in the 26th Congressional Race. Today’s the day to vote!. Here’s a link to one report about the walk about the fight for working families. And here’s a few pics from the weekend.

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Top teachers get airtime

Here’s a few links to the reports generated by the state’s top teachers speaking out against changes to the way teachers are evaluated. YNN carried this report. Here’s the WNYT report. The Times-Union has two different posts. Here’s a blog post from the Observation Deck and then here’s one with the headline Top teachers give […]

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Brother, could you buy a cupcake?

And would you please buy one for $1? In case you don’t hear it on your radio, above is the NYSUT radio ad, trying to give the other side to those pushing a “hard” property tax cap. Here’s a letter that Dick Iannuzzi wrote about how local choice workers better than a tax cap. Call […]

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Sadness, pain and frustration (photo update)

That’s what a number of TOYs feel. Those are Teachers of the Year, selected by the state Board of Regents as top teachers. Here’s their letter to the state Board of Regents, expressing what they think about changes to teacher evaluation. And here’s 2008 Teacher of the Year Rich Ognibene offering an analogy to reporters […]

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Happy Monday

A busy start to a busy week. At 11 a.m. today, eight of the teachers the state Board of Regents have chosen as the state’s best will meet with reporters at the State Education Building at 89 Washington Ave. to meet with reporters about why they disagree with the boards recent changes to the evaluation […]

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Union summer school opportunity for women

Don’t blink, but the sun is out right now. Summer and its many possibilities are around the corner. Here’s something for union women to consider, especially in these tough times when more and more of us are raising our voices against threats to workers’ rights. The United Association for Labor Education‘s Northeast Summer School for […]

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More reports on impact of state budget cuts

Students First: The reality tour continues to draw coverage. In addition to what was posted last night, Here’s a link to report of what happened in the North Country. Here’s a link to an NPR report. Here’s an independent statewide news report. Here’s a link to report that ties together the reality tour with the […]

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When you don’t like how people vote

you change the rules on who can vote. Gov. Scott Walker says he will sign into law what many are calling the voter suppression bill. This hurried-up piece of legislation came about despite no evidence of voter fraud. Yet it could have a major impact on July 12 recall elections.If you want to vote in […]

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In case the world DOES end tomorrow

Phil and rosie rally

I’m glad I got one day back in the field talking to kids, parents, teachers about what they do. Shyanna Froner is the 4th grade up in the tree at PS 12 in Troy. Her mom Holly told me how Shyanna started pre-K at the school at 3 years old.

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Students First: The Reality Tour

Here’s a few of the first reportings about what happened today. Here’s WNYT’s Bill Lambdin’s report about the closing of PS 12 in Troy. Here’s a blog post from the Albany Times-Union. Here’s coverage from the Buffalo event. Three pics from the Rochester event are included in the slide show above. We’ll post more, but […]

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