Small city and rural school forum pictures

Finally, here’s photos from the Wednesday forum. Thanks for your patience. Remember, you can support the efforts of those lobbying in Albany through NYSUT’s Member Action Center.

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What kind of game is this? (Updated with links)

Speaker after speaker at the Rural and Small City Advocacy Day decried the idea of turning school aid into competitive grants that pit school against school in a bizarre contest. Here’s one link from Gannet Newspapers and a brief from North Country Now. Here’s another from Your News Now. Here’s a Fox News report. A […]

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So #educateme


Dr. John Sipple of the state Center for Rural Schools and a Cornell University professor was the keynote speaker at today’s Small City and Rural Schools Advocacy Day in Albany. He laid out, with charts and figures, the dire straits of the high-need districts across the state. You can find a lot of those charts and […]

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‘Congratulations’ ad hits airwaves

The pro-public education ad created by the Schoharie Teachers Association, and funded by locals across the state, has hit the airwaves. Here’s a link to an Albany Times Union article about the ad. One thing wrong in the article is it makes it sound like it’s the first time local unions have produced commercials on […]

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Rally time

Full disclosure, only one of these is a true “rally.” Nearly 900 people will be at the Hart Theatre at the Egg in downtown Albany for the small cities and rural areas lobbying effort Wednesday. NYSUT officers Andy Pallotta and Kathleen Donahue are among the dozens who will speak. I will be tweeting it live […]

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Taxing Tuesday: May 15 matters

Unions across the state are telling us about the budget cuts their districts are facing. Hearing about cuts makes me think of cards. Hearing about just the three cases I dealt with yesterday makes me realize these schools have a cold deck. (For the non-card players, that means the cards are specifically rigged against them. […]

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Teacher eval clarity (privacy update)

Update at 4:34 p.m. NYSUT has issued a press release condemning the publication of teacher ratings in New York City. Here’s an excerpt from NYSUT President Dick Iannuzzi: “As we move forward across New York state with a new process for teacher evaluations, NYSUT will vigorously defend the principle that evaluations must remain confidential and not […]

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In memory of Judith Rudman

Long-time activist Judith E. Rudman passed away at her home on Long Island over the weekend. She was 89. She was born in Syracuse and raised in the Bronx. A Hunter College graduate, she earned her Master’s degree from the University of Cincinnati. Call me “Judy” she would say, although she did prefer “Judith” in […]

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Fight Back Friday: Tax Cap

I’m fighting with myself to not type the line that start with “We” and end with “so.” We knew the tax cap was bad for schools and communities. We knew it back on June 30. Now districts across the state are finding just how bad it is. Earlier this week I tweeted a number of […]

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Setting the record straight on teacher evaluations


We’ve filed two updates to our website on teacher evaluation in New York state to specifically address NYSUT’s recent settlement with the State Education Department. First up: an exhaustive listing of answers to your Frequently Asked Questions on the many components of the new evaluation process. NYSUT’s Research and Educational Services team produced the Q&A […]

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