It’s fitting that snow is falling in Buffalo today and tomorrow as I still mourn the lack of snow this winter in the Capital Region. Unfortunately, it will probably have all melted by the time the bus of staff get there tomorrow to start setting up for the local and retiree council pre-conference Wednesday and Thursday.
Yes, this is the week NYSUT picks up most of its operations to conduct its annual policy-making convention and this year it’s in Buffalo. It’s much easier now with laptops and smart phones, but we still bring almost all of our equipment and set up in a convention center. For all the tweeters (and even non-tweeters) out there, you can follow along with hashtag #nysutra2012 to get a live-time feel for the convention. Of course there will be numerous blog posts as well.
This is one busy week. Here’s just the tip of the iceberg.
NYSUT starts a statewide ad buy, you can watch the TV ad and read the press release here. The state Board of Regents meets today. They have a full plate (and you can be sure it won’t include pineapples) to debrief on last week’s ELA text. (This week, students take math tests.) Discussions include graduation requirements and making the Regents Global History exam optional to earn a Regents exam.
Tomorrow is another opportunity to exercise your right to vote when New York state holds its presidential primary and also there are elections for delegates to the national conventions.
Speaking of voting, remember you have through April 29 to vote for AFT’s Everyday Heroes awards. NYSUT is well represented among those nominated. Martin Messner of the Schoharie TA is nominated in the teacher division; Mary Ann Borello of the FA Suffolk CC and Steven Mesik of the Herkimer County CC PA, higher ed division; Joe Satriano of the Roslyn TA, retiree division. Click here to cast your votes for your heroes.