Fight Back Friday: state budget

I keep hearing that this state budget approved today is a good budget and it saves jobs. Then why does my hometown newspaper have headlines like CDTA (for Capital District Transportation Authority) cutting 50 jobs, Scotia-Glenville schools project cutting 37 jobs and Galway schools facing deep cuts. Galway doesn’t give a number of job cuts, […]

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Find out what you can about this (smart) ALEC

You might recall this blog post about ALEC from last summer. It was about voting rights being derailed by the American Legislative Exchange Council, from here on referred to as ALEC. In March, Phi Delta Kappan ran an extensive expose on “A Smart ALEC threatens Public Education,” authored by Julie Underwood and Julie F. Mead, […]

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Unatego students ask for help (video)

That video was prepared by students in the Unatego schools in the southern tier. You may recall they are one of the rural, small schools fighting the budget cuts.

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What this budget + tax cap wreaks

The real loser in all this is the students.” That quote is from Cohoes Superintendent Robert K. Libby. He was interviewed today on the statewide radio program, Capitol Pressroom. Here is the link to that program archive. Cohoes, in Albany County, is one of many districts across the state in the news because of cuts to […]

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May 15 matters: voting

Congrats to those voters who  turned out to to elect new state representatives in special elections last week. Except for residents in the five  large-city school districts, the public next gets a chance May 15 to go to a polling place and do what many other countries don’t allow their citizens to do: vote. It’s […]

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Hamilton-Fulton-Montgomery BOCES speaks out (video)

Thanks to Samantha Phillips of the Mayfield TA who alerted us to the above video. Samantha was one of a number of NYSUT activists from the Fulton-Montgomery area doing double-duty on Tuesday. First they came to Albany to meet with lawmakers to press for more state aid, and then they drove back home to rally […]

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Canton students speak out (video)

You may recall the small city and rural school lobby effort Feb. 29. It was one of those wow days. The video above is a followup from Canton students. Help share their message. Here’s a link to a Your News Now report about the making of the video.

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Fight Back Friday: jobs

Reports are that the 2012-13 state budget will be done early next week. At the same time, there are reports that the state tax collections are up. Read the whole press release from state Comptroller Tom DiNapoli about why caution is needed on this good news. I agree with caution, because you know what will […]

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Students stunned at video victory; environment is also a winner

Sitting around a table at Meyers Center BOCES in Saratoga, students, teaching assistants, and teachers were busy crocheting. They weren’t making afghans or shawls– but rather, they were turning plastic into possibility. Little did they know they were also making history. Using plastic bags that many people throw away, students cut them into strips. Each […]

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Sharing what you do

NYSUT’s award-winning “It’s What We Do” website, a forum for NYSUT members and others to share with the public the extraordinary work they do — on their jobs and in their communities — is about to get a public relations shot in the arm. Beginning this week, weekly and monthly newspapers across the state began […]

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