Here’s how you get to Carnegie Hall (updated)

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A good underdog story sells. Underdog stories are about a person or group working against all odds to make it to the big time in sports, business, the movies, the circus, or to win a battle or true love, or to graduate medical school, or even high school. So here’s news of the Hancock Select […]

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Don’t dally — rally!

If it’s Tuesday in Albany, you know something is going on. During legislative sessions, Tuesdays are packed with people at the Legislative Office Building and the Capitol eager to speak with their representatives. This Tuesday (tomorrow), there will be also be a statewide rally to raise New York’s minimum wage. It starts at noon. It’s […]

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NYC mayor blames everyone but himself

Today marked the beginning of testimony on the proposed executive budget. First to testify on the impact on cities, towns, villages and localities was New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg. He continues his stance, which the public and, more importantly, parents are not buying, according to polls; that is, that the teachers union is solely to […]

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Taxing Tuesday

Tuesday is a busy day at the state Capitol. Members of the United Federation of Teachers — NYSUT’s largest local —  host a legislative reception starting at 8:30 a.m. Then lawmakers will start hearing testimony about the proposed budget at 10 a.m. NYSUT’s testimony will be delivered by Executive Vice President Andy Pallotta and Director […]

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VP Donahue offers expertise on school safety

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A panel of professionals from education, mental health, law enforcement, journalism and activism provided practical suggestions for improving school safety in a discussion on “Keeping our children safe from gun violence in our schools.”

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Olean rallies to educate every child

Above is a slideshow of the nearly 200 parents, teachers, students and community members who rallied on Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Here’s a link to the YNN coverage. Please note you may need to be a Time Warner cable subscriber to view the video. Here’s a link to the Olean Times Herald report. Here’s […]

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Fight Back Friday: You matter

So we have a proposed state budget. If it were approved unchanged, exactly 517 districts would get an increase in state aid and 159 school districts would get a decrease. For most, the increase would not be the 4.4 touted in a lot of press reports. If left unchanged, the average increase would be a […]

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New York students excel (again)

Congratulations to the 40 students, and especially the seven New Yorkers, who have been named finalists in the Intel Science Talent Search. Here’s a link to all 40 students and their schools. We’ve teased out those from New York. If the district is obvious from the name of the school, we left that out. Any […]

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Obama reminds us of what’s important

As unionists, working people and  Americans, many of us were heartened by the words spoken by President Obama yesterday during his second inaugural address. He reaffirmed the positions and principles that caused many unions — including NYSUT and its affiliates — to support his candidacy in the first place. Here is what stood out to […]

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Fund education like the future depends on it

So Gov. Cuomo releases his executive budget proposal today. An optimist, I’m hoping state aid to schools, colleges and universities is not tied to competitive grants, like last year. I’m also hoping the state allocates the funds to provide the sound, basic education that’s required in our state constitution. We already have that irresponsible property […]

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