June 19 matters

For the 24 school districts across the state whose budgets did not pass, the next three weeks are crucial. June 19 is the last chance to ask voters to approve an increase. Or they can adopt a 0 percent tax levy increase which does not need voter approval at any point. In most cases, that […]

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Honor the fallen, thank the veterans

At last week’s Committee of 100, Jeff Beall of the Phelps-Clifton Springs Faculty Association and I got talking about the connections between teaching and the armed services. An Army veteran, he plans to spend Memorial Day attending local celebrations in Clifton Springs and Phelps. He’s proud that two of his 8th grade students will recite […]

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Fight Back Friday: Student loan debt

Without Congressional action, interest rates on subsidized Stafford loans are set to double from 3.4% to 6.8% this July 1. Legislation to maintain the federal student loan interest rate at 3.4% for an additional school year is currently under consideration. Both Democrats and Republicans have acknowledged the need to keep rates from rising. The issue […]

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Taking on #1 killer of women

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Today is the Capital Region’s Go Red for Women luncheon. NYSUT is one of the sponsors of this awareness and education campaign of the American Heart Association. I often forget that heart disease is the leading cause of death in females in the United States, followed closely by cancer. Here’s a link to a 2003 […]

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Campaign kickoff to “Educate NY Now!”

A yearlong campaign to Educate NY Now! launched today. After having just been through two days of rain in the Capital Region, the superintendent of Cohoes had the best comments. Here’s what Robert K. Libby said: The common ground we stand on feels a lot like quick sand. The erosion of state aid to low-wealth […]

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The call of the wild at the Capitol


It was rowdy. Nurses from PEF, NYSUT and CWA whooped it up in the convention center in support of legislation for improved conditions for patients and health care workers at a rally moved to the Empire State Plaza Convention Center because of continuous rain Tuesday. They slammed together the clappers provided by PEF, making enough […]

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Ever hear of East Amherst, N.D.?


Ever hear of East Amherst, N.D.? Neither have we. But according to Newsweek and the Daily Beast, East Amherst is not only in The Peace Garden State, it is also home to Williamsville East High School — the 364th best public high school in the nation. Um, we’re pretty sure Newsweek and The Daily Beast […]

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Tomorrow, groups of parents, students, educators, administrators, unions, school board members, community organizations, civil rights groups and education advocates launch a yearlong, statewide campaign. Calling themselves Educate NY Now!, this new coalition will demand that state government fulfills New York’s constitutional obligation to provide all students with a quality education. Here’s a link to its […]

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If it’s raining Tuesday in Albany…

…then the nurses rally will be at the convention center at the Empire State Plaza. There’s a good chance of thunderstorms and health care professionals know the importance, for their health and yours, of staying safe and dry. Whether at the convention center (and click here to get directions if you can join us) or […]

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