How long can schools survive?

That’s the question a group of school superintendent bring up in this article from the Ithaca Journal. Here’s a few specifics: Trumansburg Superintendent Paula Hurley said she is sick of watching school board members pitted against one another trying to decide whether to hire a music teacher or cut an extracurricular program. In Newfield, the […]

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Think you are registered to vote?

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After moving to a different town on Long Island last year, Viri Pettersen changed her voter registration online. “I’ve always voted, ever since I was 18,” said the elementary teacher in the Rockville Centre schools. But when she went to vote in a special election this April, for the first time in 37 years she […]

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Making strides in Corning

Soon we’ll be kicking off a month of Strides walks. This is the second year that Corning takes steps first, in September. They had a beautiful day and seeing Joyce Arms in pink is a beautiful sight. We featured Joyce and her fight against cancer in 2004. Her fight is not over and sadly, other […]

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NEA ad supports Jobs Act

The NEA, one of NYSUT’s national affiliates, has launched a television advertising campaign in support of President Obama’s American Jobs Act. The 30-second ad, in select media markets, reminds viewers that if the bill is passed by Congress, 280,000 educators will be put back to work an 35,000 of the nation’s aging schools will be […]

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Jeopardy: The answer is… Randi Weingarten

In case you missed it, here’s the question involving Randi Weingarten on Jeopardy Tuesday night. Our AFT President is getting a lot of mileage out of it. She has tweeted she thought the  question and answer was “a hoot” and noted this morning that “I have gotten more calls about this than ANY education idea […]

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BOCES retiree tackles health care issues

Beverly Alves is technically “retired.” Yeah, right! Beverly taught special education for nearly 30 years at the Herkimer County BOCES, retiring in 2004. But this is one active retiree! A member of the Herkimer County BOCES Teachers Association, Beverly is a frequent visitor to Albany, where she advocates for NYSUT issues as part of the […]

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Take that, Superman!

A new film that does what the slanted “Waiting for Superman” pretended to do debuts Friday in New York City and Los Angeles. When it comes to a screen near you, it’s worth a look. “American Teacher,” narrated by pro-teacher actor Matt Damon, chronicles the stories of four teachers who lives and work in disparate […]

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Good news coming out of Schoharie

The deadline to apply for insulation to be installed in Schoharie Valley homes and businesses is Sept. 28. That’s tomorrow. So far, Martin Messner has received 60 applications. They have enough funds to do 15 more. That’s the first bit of good news. “Everyone has been just great with their response. We are so thankful […]

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School cuts hurt

Across the state, the impact of $1.3 billion in cuts to schools is sinking in. Yesterday in Yonkers teachers rallied against the cuts. Did you know that in Yonkers none of the elementary schools have librarians? that kindergarten classes  have 30-32 kids? Man, how can we allow this to happen? Of course you can find […]

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NYSUT locals discuss disaster prep/response

NYSUT locals discuss disaster prep/response

One month after historic flooding devastated 30 counties, local unions tweeted about preparing and handling a crisis or disaster. A number of Tweeps (the term for those who tweet) asked for more information about how best to be prepared to handle emergency situations. Here’s the beginning of a list. The state has an emergency management […]

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